I'm glad you all are enjoying our pics. The rock formations and trails really are an unexpected experience.
Originally Posted by D-mo
thanks for this . i have bookmarked this 4 or 5 day stop over on our way down south this year ...
These I've shown you are beautiful 1/4 to 1/2 mile hikes, that take 45 minutes or as long as you care to linger. They are located off Illinois 1 on the east side of Shawnee National Forest. We stayed at Cave in Rock State Park campground. Camp sites were nice but, although it had hot showers, the bath house was fair to mediocre. Next time we will stay at the campground at Ferne Clyffe State Park (located in the Y between I-24 and I-57) and hike Bell Smith Springs and that area. Many of the campgrounds are nice but have no electricity and Gary and I like our 30 amp.
Here is a link to some informative reading.
A hikers guide for the Shawnee National Forest