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Old 06-01-2014, 08:44 PM   #1
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Has anyone every camped in or near the Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois? I was looking at the website and it looks like all of the campgrounds are pretty primitive without any amenities. I'd like to find out what's available in that area that will accommodate our AS with electric at least. Thanks
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We have camped at Shawnee several times.

It is primitive, but beautiful.

Charge your battery fully and try dry camping for a couple of nights.


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Ferne clyffe state Park is very nice and lots of trails . We go there every year for labor day and check out garden of the gods . There is so much to do at shawnee
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Ferne clyffe has hook ups
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Maybe some info in these sites will help you decide. In several cases, phone numbers are listed so you can contact the campground directly to ask about the services and if the sites can accommodate your Airstream.

In Southern Illinois, you'll find a whole range of camping options -- from forest to near city sites that are all in close proximity to natural wonders like the Shawnee National Forest, Trail of Tears State Forest, Ferne Clyffe, as well as tourism activities from wine trails to antique shops and arts festivals to bike and walking trails and fishing and hunting spots, and wildlife habitats.

Southernmost Illinois Tourism Bureau | Visit Southern Illinois

Visitor Activities - Crab Orchard - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

If you haven't already used it, RV Park Reviews is a helpful resource. Search for campgrounds near the following locations: Goreville, Carterville, Marion, Alto Pass, Cobden, Makanda, Vienna, Metropolis, Harrisburg, Elizabethtown (IL) . . .

It's a wonderful area. You have lots of options. A word of caution, recently there have been several hikers who have gotten lost in the Shawnee National Forest and other forest areas and had to be rescued by search parties. Recently someone did fall to their death in the Garden of the Gods.

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We have camped at Shawnee several times.

It is primitive, but beautiful.

Charge your battery fully and try dry camping for a couple of nights.


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Thanks Maggie, I'm so disappointed that we will not be able to go to the Moraine View Rally. I was really looking forward to meeting you in person. My daughter is having problems with a difficult pregnancy and needs a visit from her mom and dad so we are heading to North Carolina that weekend to give her some love and attention.
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