We invite you to join us and experience the beautiful Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois.  Our trails are open year around.  There are no seasonal or rain closures, or group size limits.

We are located at 78 Cedar Grove Road.  We are located 4 miles east of the town of Simpson, 13 miles northeast of Vienna, 22 miles south of Harrisburg, and 30 miles north of Paducah, Ky.  See our map, or call for directions.  Look for the new "Tourist Information" signs for Bay Creek Ranch on routes 145 and 147.

Ride our new, improved trails through beautiful woods, rock bluffs, caves, and creeks.  We have multiple trail heads leaving camp.  The trails vary from peaceful pine forests to the more challenging bluff areas.  Shoeing is recommended for your horses/mules.


We welcome Trail Riders, Bicyclists, Tourists, Hikers, Fishermen, Rock Climbers, and Turkey and Deer Hunters.


Permanent Campsites Available 

(click here to see sample contract)


Plan your group rides and family vacations with us at

Bay Creek Ranch.

Direct Access To the Shawnee National Forest!


Just minutes from...

River to River Trail

Maxwell Ford

Peter Cave

Colorado Gulch

Jackson Falls

Flat Rock

Cove Hollow

Crow Knob

Sand Cave

Fern Cave

Millstone Lake

Soldier's Grave

Bay Creek

Petticoat Junction

Hayes Creek

Miller's Grove

Buffalo Rock


plus many other beautiful sites

New and improved trails are well marked! 

Detailed maps available!

(click here for some photos)




Facilities and Information  

            (click here for a diagram of camp)

            (click here for Lodge floor plan)




Campground Rules


Reservation Form


Permanent Site Sample Contract


Photos of the area

Chuck & Linda Kesul

78 Cedar Grove Church Road

Simpson, Illinois  62985

(618) 695-2670


Pope County Website

Southern Illinois Tourism Bureau


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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)