Pine Hills Campground

Jonesboro, Illinois

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If geology were the primary criterion, southwestern Illinois around the Pine Hills would belong to neighboring Missouri rather than to Illinois. These narrow ridges and steep hillsides are more reminiscent of the Ozarks to the west and, in fact, represent the easternmost edge of what geologists call the Ozark Uplift. Fortunately for Illinois, the Mississippi River intervened and carved this area from the plateau by its millennia-long wanderings. The result is a virtual island of spectacular bluffs and amazing biodiversity.
The Best in Tent Camping: Illinois

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The Best in Tent Camping: Illinois

by John Schirle (Menasha Ridge Press)

If geology were the primary criterion, southwestern Illinois around the Pine Hills would belong to neighboring Missouri rather than to Illinois. These narrow ridges and steep hillsides are more reminiscent of the Ozarks to the west and, in fact, represent the easternmost edge of what geologists call the Ozark Uplift.

Fortunately for Illinois, the Mississippi River intervened and carved this area from the plateau by its millennia-long wanderings. The result is a virtual island of spectacular bluffs and amazing biodiversity.

©  John Schirle/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Jonesboro
Campsites: 13 tent sites
Season: Mar. 16–Dec. 14
Local Contacts: Shawnee National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Pine Hills Campground

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