Standard (tent/RV)
Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About Tower Rock

Located along the banks of the Ohio River, Tower Rock Campground offers beautiful scenery and close proximity to water activities like fishing and boating. The 1/4 mile trail can be accessed near the boat launch.  Be aware this area is prone to flooding when river levels fluctuate.

National Forest
Drive In
Walk In
Boat In
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Trash Available
Tower Rock is located in Illinois
37.459 N
-88.233 W
Get Directions
From intersection of Ilinois State Highway 34 and Illinois State Highway 146, go east on Illinois State Highway 146 approximately 8 miles, turn right onto Tower Rocak Road and head east for 3 miles to the Forest Rd. #575 and turn right 0.5 mile to Tower Rock Campground.  There are directional signs from State Hwy 146 to Tower Rock.
4 Reviews of Tower Rock
Sumn serious scary

Ddinosaurs are coming back soon ,  i think I've had enough of Earth life

On the river

Beautiful seen..the Tower Rock Camp ground is by the Ohio river..and is very open. Doesn't have many sites so you'd have to get there at an earlier time.. but it has a great view of the Ohio river and across you can see Kentucky

Cricket, cricket

Tower Rock Campground, Shawnee National Forest, Il is ideal for fishermen.

Coming off the ferry from Marion, Kentucky there were no signs pointing the way. ( side note: lots of Amish in the Marion area, some very good products for sale and scenery to see)

No or spotty signal in this area so have your directions on paper. In Cave in Rock ( this is where the ferry crosses to) you take W Clay St to the left. It turns into Cave in Rock Rd which will get you there. Cave in Rock has some food and fuel, you might want to fill up here if you haven’t already. Cave in Rock State Park is with in a mile to the right.

Once on Cave in Rock Rd. watch for the sign (near 280 “block” of street addresses) because if you miss the turn it will be a minute before you can turn around to come back on the country road. On the road in stay to the left.

Tower Rock is boonyville like most of the Shawnee NF sites in this area. Perfect for a get away from the hustle and electronics of city life. 

The actual campground is basically a mowed area in the woods close to the river. There is a pit toilet but otherwise pick your area and settle in, there was plenty of room for a group gathering or to just string up your hammock next to your vehicle. We continued down to the boatramp which is a cement pad into the river. Parking is in an overgrown dirt lot. Dark and quiet at night unless you have loud fellow campers. No camp host to speak of, just you and the woods and river (and bugs and snakes ;)

I don’t kayak on the Ohio River so we did not put in, it was a nice quiet no frills stay with only two other campers while I was there.

First to Review

Very small, on the river, vault toilets, seems like people "live" there and run a generator all night long. Good if you like free, being close to the ferry, and or fish.