Woods State Park & Nature Preserve
6 miles south of Mount Carmel near Keensburg, IL, just off
Route 1. 95-122 [L-9,10]
Located on the Wabash River south of Carmi, Beall Woods is
one of Illinois' natural wonders. It is a small park
with 329 acres, but it contains the largest tract of virgin
timber east of the Mississippi River, and is a hiking
There are 4 loop trails and one connector trail that total
10 miles, with simple interpretive signs that reveal the forest
community to the hiker.White Oak Trailis a 1.75 miles
long loop trail that starts out in an upland region and transitions
down into the bottom land along Coffee Creek. Ridgeway
Trail, is acrossed Coffee Creek and borders the Wabash
River. Tulip Tree Trail (1.5 miles long) follows Coffee
Creek along a small cliff. Sweet Gum Trail offers a
hike along a bottom land trail past a ravine, and is accessed
by the Rocky Ford Trail, from the west section of Tulip
Sixteen Class C campsites with vehicular access and restrooms
but no showers or electricity are available. A disposal station
is also available for the camperís use.
To reach Beall Woods Conservation Area and Nature Preserve
take exit #132 from I-57 and proceed north on Illinois ! for
about 12 miles. You will see the entrance sign on the right
about 3 miles south of Mt. Carmel.
Murphysboro State Park
Box 144, Murphysboro, IL 62966--(618) 684-2867 145-65[N-5,6]
Beautiful rolling hills and woods surround star-shaped Lake
Murphysboro and provide a wonderful backdrop for boating,
fishing, picnicking, camping and hiking.
Walk-Away Trail is a 3-mile loop, with long stairway,
offers hikers the opportunity to enjoy the plant, animal and
bird life of the park up close. For those who
prefer to explore nature on their own, hundreds of paths criss-cross
through the hills and woods of the park. Much of the
shore is walkable
Well-equipped campsites located in scenic areas of the
park provide the perfect opportunity to extend your stay at
Lake Murphysboro. Campers who want to truly experience nature
will appreciate the 20 tent sites. Those who love nature,
but like the comforts of home will prefer the 54 trailer sites
that are equipped with electricity. A sanitary disposal station
is located near the trailer area.
R.R. 1, Box 190, Pinckneyville, IL 62274, (618) 357-2574
Pyramid State Park consists of heavily forested hills and
many lakes and ponds. Total acreage is nearly 3,178 acres which
includes more than 350 acres of water.
There are 16.5 miles of foot and horse trails that wind
through the pastoral mosaic of woods and lakes, including the
rugged 10-Mile Trail, that circles most of the park.
The Pyramid Trail circles the interior of the park and
has spurs that lead to lakes and connect with the 10-Mile Trail.
The Ridge Run Trail and the Split Lake Trail connect
the main park road with the Pyramid Trail. Red Squirl
Run and BlackJack Fork take the hiker from the main
road to small lakes.
Tent and trailer camping are permitted at designated camping
areas only. There are three Class C camping areas, Class D hike-in
campsites, a small equestrian camp and a youth group camping
area. Water and a trailer dump station are available near the
site office. There are no electrical hookups in the camping
Pyramid State Park is located 6 miles south of Pinckneyville,
Illinois off from Route 13. Watch for a sign that directs you
west on Route 152. The entrance to the park is on the right
approximately 2.4 miles west of Pyatts.
Fitzgerrell State Park
6 miles north of Benton, on Illinois Route 154, [Rend
HIKING: For hikers, a one-mile
hiking trail is available near the south picnic area. 115-65