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The Best Camping in Makanda

Looking for the best camping in Makanda? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Makanda. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top camping spots in and near Makanda

  • Cobden, Illinois

    Hike Indian Creek Trail

    0.75 mi / 65 ft gain
    This wandering intermittent creek inside of Giant City State Park only flows in periods of heavy rain or after snow melts. Prior to a confluence with Drury Creek, the path comes to a mid sized shelter bluff wall. What this shelter lacks in sheer size, it made up for in importance to Native Americ...
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  • Makanda, Illinois

    Little Cedar Lake via Lirley Trailhead

    7.76 mi / 1309 ft gain
    Little Cedar Lake via Lirley Trailhead is an out-and-back trail that is good for all skill levels located near Makanda, Illinois.
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  • Makanda, Illinois

    Camp at Giant City State Park Campground

    Giant City is a popular weekend retreat because it provides for all levels of camping. There are 85 campsites in the Class A Campground which provides water, electricity, showers and restroom facilities for tent and trailer camping. Some facilities such as showers are closed for the winter. A sep...
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  • Makanda, Illinois

    Camp at Little Grassy Lake Campground

    Located within Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge and along one of the most scenic lakes within the Shawnee Hills of Southern Illinois Little Grassy Lake Campground is a awesome place to camp for a night or a whole week. There are 14 full hook up campsites. 54 sites have water and electric acc...
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  • Alto Pass, Illinois

    Godwin Trail

    12.18 mi / 1043 ft gain
    Godwin Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Alto Pass, Illinois.
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  • Cobden, Illinois

    Trail of Tears State Forest Loop Trail

    5.77 mi / 653 ft gain
    Trail of Tears State Forest Loop Trail is a trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Jonesboro, Illinois.
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  • Jonesboro, Illinois

    Camp in the Trail of Tears State Forest

    Trail of Tears State Forest lies within one of the most rugged landscapes in Illinois. The hills are steep, and the soil is shallow and susceptible to erosion. Cliffs are all around and streams with gravel bottoms are in the narrow forest filled valleys. In 1838-39 the Cherokee, Creek, and Chicka...
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  • Jonesboro, Illinois

    Trail of Tears and Heritage Trail Loop

    1.04 mi / 207 ft gain
    Trail of Tears and Heritage Trail Loop is a loop trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Jonesboro, Illinois.
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  • Wolf Lake, Illinois

    Hike to Inspiration Point at LaRue Pine Hills

    0.75 mi / 164 ft gain
    Inspiration Point Trail is a 0.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Wolf Lake, Illinois. The Inspiration Point Trail offers a panoramic view of the Mississippi River valley and the Big Muddy bottomlands and is well worth the climb. The 300-foot drop, seven feet to the left ...
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  • Goreville, Illinois

    Hawk's Cave Trail

    0.55 mi / 82 ft gain
    Hawk's Cave Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Goreville, Illinois.
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  • Goreville, Illinois

    Rebman Trail

    0.39 mi / 56 ft gain
    Rebman Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Goreville, Illinois.
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  • Goreville, Illinois

    Big Rocky Hollow Trail

    0.7 mi / 66 ft gain
    Big Rocky Hollow Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Goreville, Illinois.
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  • Goreville, Illinois

    Camp at Ferne Clyffe State Park

    Ferne Clyffe has a campground for everyone. From the more modern, or primitive, larger groups, backpackers and even equestrian campers. From beginner to hardened veteran eagle scout, there is a campsite for everyone. The shower facilities that are offered at some campgrounds are available seasona...
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  • Murphysboro, Illinois

    Paddle at Lake Murphysboro State Park

    Beautiful rolling hills and woods surround Lake Murphysboro and provide opportunities for boating, fishing, picnicking, camping and hiking. Paddling is a perfect past time here. Canoe, Kayak, and Paddle Boards are all allowed much of the year. If fishing is on the agenda, a 10 hp maximum outboard...
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  • Ozark, Illinois

    Explore Camp Ondessonk

    10 mi
    In the heart of the Shawnee National Forest is an amazing camp that provides many adventures for those with all skill levels. When camp is out, anyone is allowed to visit Camp Ondessonk as a guest and explore. There are over 10 miles of trails through pristine forests,  sandstone canyons, and sev...
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  • Ozark, Illinois

    Redbud Campground Trail

    0.83 mi / 187 ft gain
    Redbud Campground Trail is an out-and-back trail that is good for all skill levels located near Eddyville, Illinois.
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