Facilities and Information


Enjoy the Beautiful Shawnee National Forest

 in Southern Illinois. 

Open for Camping, Trail Riding, and Lodging Year Around.

Campground is also open to Bicyclists, Tourists, Hikers, Fisherman,

Rock Climbers, and Turkey and Deer Hunters.


We have multiple trailheads with direct access to the forest,

with no rain or seasonal closures, or group size limit.

All campers and day riders must check in at office and pay camping and lodging fees before setting up camp (NO EXCEPTIONS). 

Current Negative Coggins test required at check in. 

No Bridle Tags necessary.

~~ Sorry, We do not Accept Credit/Debit Cards ~~

This is a family campground, therefore disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.

We reserve the right to refuse service.


(click here to see campground layout)

(2 night minimum stay during holidays)

2 Adults, and 2 Children, to age 17 -

$30.00/Night (includes water, electric, and permanent high lines)

Additional person - $3.00/Night

Additional Equine (on high line) - $2.00/night


Covered Stalls:

$10.00/Night - one equine per stall


Turnouts and Pens:

$5.00 Per Night, per equine


Primitive Tent Camping:

1 Person $10.00/Night

2 People $15.00/Night

(no equines - no electric)


4 Bedroom Lodge:

(click here for Lodge floor plan)

Rent Rooms or the Entire Lodge

2 night minimum stay during holidays

Lodge includes all linens, a fully equipped kitchen, with dishes, pots and pans, and paper products.  The lodge can accommodate up to 18 people.

1 Adult - $35.00/Night.  2 Adults in one room - $60.00/Night

Child to age 7 to 17 - $15.00/Night

Child to age 6 - Free 

Entire Lodge is available for a minimum of

$180.00/Night (includes up to 6 adults)

Permanent Sites:

(click here to see contract)


Overnight Stabling:

Pull-in sites available


Day Rider Fee:




Modern Showerhouse, Laundry, Ice, Dump Station


Lounge Area


Group Rides


Current Negative Coggins Test required at check in.


New and improved trails are well marked!  Detailed maps available!


Reservations are encouraged in order to hold a specific campsite, room, stall, or pen.


Campground Rules

All campers and riders must check in at office, and pay camping and lodging fees, before setting up camp, with the exception of permanent campers. 

Overnight visitors must pay guest fee, and visitors riding from our camp must pay day use fee upon arrival.

Campsite:  Check-in time is 11:00 a.m.

  Check-out time is 11:00 a.m.

Lodge:       Check-in time is 2:00 p.m.

  Check-out time is 11:00 a.m.

(Inquire for possible exceptions to the times)

bullet Anyone under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.
bullet Riders must furnish and be responsible for their own horses/mules, tack, and property.
bullet Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed, penned, or tied at all times.  Owners must clean up their dog's waste, and control noise.
bullet Stallions by permission only.
bullet You are responsible for your animals' actions, and behavior.  You will be asked to remove disruptive or dangerous animals.
bullet Animals cannot be tied to trees, water spigots, fences, electric or utility poles.
bullet No private pens or picket lines allowed.
bullet No galloping or reckless riding in camp.  Do not ride horses/mules on the grass.  Stay on the gravel.
bullet Campsites, stalls and pens must be clean when you leave.  Use muck buckets provided.  We empty buckets daily.
bullet Keep campfire rings on the gravel, not on the grass.
bullet Do not throw bottles and cans in fire pits.  Put all trash in the dumpster.
bullet We are on city water.  No hosing out trailers, or washing vehicles.
bullet Turn off A/C when away from camp.
bullet Please be considerate of your fellow campers.

We don't refund or credit for bad weather, or other unforeseen events outside of our control.  We are not responsible for accidents to humans, animals, or property, including acts of God.

We observe Quiet Camp from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

This is a family campground, therefore disruptive behavior

will not be tolerated. 

We reserve the right to refuse service.

Chuck & Linda Kesul

78 Cedar Grove Road

Simpson, Illinois  62985

(618) 695-2670

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Under the Equine Liability Act, each participant who engages in an equine activity expressly assumes the risks of engaging in and responsibility for injury, loss, or damage to person or property resulting from the risk of equine activities.

Act 47, Paragraph 25, subsection (b)