Trail of Tears State Forest

Jonesboro, Illinois

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At Trail of Tears State Forest you won’t find showers, electricity, playgrounds, swimming, fishing, boating, or even a pop machine. You will find more than 5,000 acres of beautiful, densely wooded, rugged hills—the easternmost outliers of the Ozarks, with the long, narrow ridges and steep slopes more characteristic of neighboring Missouri than Illinois. Best of all, you will find 14 of the most secluded yet accessible campsites at any state park, where you can camp in solitude far from the nearest neighbor—assuming anyone else is even camping there.

Trail of Tears State Forest Professional Review and Guide

"At Trail of Tears State Forest you won’t find showers, electricity, playgrounds, swimming, fishing, boating, or even a pop machine. You will find more than 5,000 acres of beautiful, densely wooded, rugged hills—the easternmost outliers of the Ozarks, with the long, narrow ridges and steep slopes more characteristic of neighboring Missouri than Illinois.

Best of all, you will find 14 of the most secluded yet accessible campsites at any state park, where you can camp in solitude far from the nearest neighbor—assuming anyone else is even camping there."

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Jonesboro
Campsites: 14 Class C; multiple hike-in sites
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Shawnee National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Trail of Tears State Forest

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May 2018