Rock Climbing

When rock climbing or rappelling please learn and practice the following outdoor ethics and safety measures: Please use existing pitches to minimize impacts to vegetation in the area. Use the proper gear and keep it maintained. Use existing or removable pitons. Be courteous to other visitors. Practice safety – don’t climb alone and let someone know of your travel plans. Pack it in, pack it out.

Shawnee National Forest
50 Hwy. 145 S Harrisburg IL Saline County 618-253-7114 https://www.fs.usda.gov/r9
Dixon Springs State Park
West on Highway 146 Golconda IL Pope County 618-949-3394 http://www.stateparks.com/dixon_springs_state_park_in_illinois.html
Ferne Clyffe State Park
Off Highway 37 Goreville IL Johnson County 618-995-2411 http://www.stateparks.com/ferne_clyffe_state_park_in_illinois.html
Giant City State Park and Campground
235 Giant City Road Makanda IL Union County 618-457-4836 http://www.stateparks.com/giant_city_state_park_in_illinois.html
Drapers Bluff & Vertical Heartland Climbing School
5050 Lick Creek Rd Buncombe IL Johnson County 618-995-1427 http://www.verticalheartland.com/
Outback Recreations
Rt. 2 Box 145B Golconda IL Pope County 618-949-3983
Tower Rock Recreation Area
4 miles east of Elizabethtown, Highway 146 east to Tower Rock Road, turn east onto Tower rock road Elizabethtown IL Hardin County 618-287-2201
Mermet Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area
1812 Grinnell Road, off Highway 45 Belknap IL Massac County 618-524-5577