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232 Reviews of 28 Oldtown, 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
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
Peter F.
Reviewed May. 25, 2021

zero maintenance run down smelly

Overwhelming smell of dead fish that are laying aplenty on the shores of Ohio Rv. as there is no staff to clean up. Add to this general malaise of zero maintenance mowing or repairing decrepid sites and you get the picture. Did have 30 amp to drive my AC that covered the sound of the work crew…

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Month of VisitJune
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…

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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
Steve D.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2021

Hidden Gem

Great backcountry backpacking. The huge rock formation area is packed but the backpack loop is amazing. Great views.

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Month of VisitApril
Art S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2021

Riverside rustic camping - check if open

We drove down to camp here and found this campground closed. We walked in past the locked gate to scout it out and there was a line of debris left behind from when the river was higher. 

There is a vault toilet and a simple loop setup to the campground. The road continues past camp to a marina…

  • The bridge points the way to the marina
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Month of VisitMay
Art S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2021

Dusty, rustic camping at the edge of Shawnee

This small, rustic camp is at the edge of Shawnee and only had a few campers staying multiple nights with us. Then the turkey hunting season came upon us and the sites filled.

We had site choices that ended up being along the gravel forest road that goes by camp. This put us away from other…

  • The gravel road is just beyond the back of our teardrop. We had shade for a portion of mid day. Maybe more shade would be here after the leaves grow out.
  • Head down the forest road and you will find this small cemetery. The family lost a few children within a few years - life must have been tough in the 1800s.
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Month of VisitMay

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