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321 Reviews of 49 Mason, Illinois Campgrounds

MThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2021

Unimpressive and crowded

The campsite is considered to be primitive, which is fine, but it is right along the trail without any cover. All the campsites are one on top of the other without any cover in between or from the trail. They were all taken and incredibly packed during the Memorial Day weekend and honestly seemed…

Month of VisitJune
MThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2021

Clean, Fun, and Lots of Features

We were a bit nervous about this campground when reading reviews and seeing the location (there is an Impact Incarceration Program that shares the border), but I'm glad we found it. We booked this spot a few weeks in advance for Memorial Day weekend, and honestly we only booked it because it was…

  • Our little campsite
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Month of VisitJune
Kelly D.
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2021

Perfect One Night

It was too hot to boon dock so we were very pleased to find this little gem so close to the interstate. The owner was so pleasant to welcome us after office hours and make sure we were all set. The bathroom was super clean and the shower had great pressure and instant hot water.

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Month of VisitJuly
Sunshine Z.
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2021

Giant City State Park

We came down for a spontaneous camping trip to explore SNF and found Giant City to be a great place to stay. We stayed in the primitive camp site, while there were others there, everyone was dispersed far enough that it felt private. Camp grounds were clean, quiet, and the camp host and park ranger…

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Month of VisitJune
MThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2021

In need of attention. Illinois needs to invest in parks

State park...really not much to do if you do not fish.  Pit toilets that need attention shower house by the boat ramp ( outside of campground) that were filthy.  They are used by everyone...not just campers so the abuse was evident.  Many large groups camped together which was cool....but the…

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Month of VisitJune
Rowan G.
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2021

Great stay

Sites and bathrooms super well maintained. Sites were big and tucked away into pretty nooks. Close to some awesome hikes, Jackson falls was a fav. Fsho will return

Month of VisitMay
DThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 25, 2021

Nice little spot

The staff was friendly and helpful. Clean bathrooms and laundry facilities. They are planting trees and trying to improve the grounds. It is a good location and easy access to the Shawnee forest. We stayed 2 nights and would stay there again.

Site32
Month of VisitJune
Never Sitting S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 17, 2021

Large campground

Overall a great stay, very busy as it was full the entire time we were there while the state park down the road was empty. Nice place for families, most campers seemed to be fishing. Absolutely must check how level the spots are before you book, as lots of sites are over 4 inch incline, which seems…

Month of VisitJune
Never Sitting S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 17, 2021

Nice campground

The biggest thing about this campground is first come first serve..and one loop is closed for renovations (as of 2021 camping season, May). Most you can spend here is 14 days, which lots of locals do. Very quiet family friendly with large mostly level spots. Our go to when visiting the local…

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Month of VisitJune
D
Reviewed May. 12, 2021

Spring camping

Easy check in, camped in the tent sight. Unfortunately there was a lot of glitter pieces, plastic kid’s pieces and my self along picked up 34 cigarette butts. Besides the the people that don’t care about using a garbage can. Everything else was wonderful. Trail around lake just beautiful, bathroom…

Month of VisitMay
Rachel C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 5, 2021

Good, wooded sites

We stayed 2 nights at site 6 in May. It was a roomy, wooded site with water and electric for $22/night. Unfortunately, there was SO MUCH poison ivy that we couldn't play in the woods. But we enjoyed our stay on the beautiful lake! Decent bathrooms and playground but not great. The shower never did…

  • Lake Glendale
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Month of VisitJune
Art S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2021

So close to hiking but close to each other in the sites

This campground is a small loop with sites on both sides. You pass a public picnic area on the way in. This was packed when we went. The sites were a bit too close to each other for us. Our dog needs more vegetation to mask other camper distractions. The campground is beautiful though. The main…

  • Beautiful campground but pretty open between sites
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Month of VisitMay
Art S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2021

Backpacking camping along Indian Point Trail

Many different experiences available so decide what you are looking for. The parking lot is marked as backpacking parking. We headed down Indian Point Trail and within 50 yards or so we came upon the first site. An offshoot trail headed off to the right and ended at a nice campsite with a set fire…

  • A variety of sites from close to the car and further away
  • April brought the spring beauties to bloom :)
  • One of a few campsites
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Month of VisitMay
Kelly W.
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2021

Lovely gem in Southern IL

We spent part of spring break there this year. Sites are beautifully wooded with many excellent lake views, even with full hookups. Easy access to great bike trails.

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Month of VisitApril
KThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2021

Nice location and sites, rough road, first come first served

This small campground is nice once you get there!  Just know it is remote and the road to get there is rough, so, if you are not comfortable with that, I would go elsewhere.  There are no hookups, although water is available.  Also there are pit toilets which are not the worst I have seen!  No cell…

  • Map of campground and nearby hiking trails
  • View of the trees from my campsite
  • Rock formation near Bell Smith Springs
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Month of VisitMay

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