McCully Heritage Project

Kampsville, Illinois

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Calhoun County in western Illinois is almost an island—35 miles long and barely 6 miles wide for most of its length, it’s a hilly, heavily wooded peninsula tucked between the Illinois and Mississippi rivers. To get there from the east, west, or south requires using the single bridge or one of three ferries. Visitors can discover small towns, secluded wild places, and even archeological excavations that reveal 8,000 years of human habitation. And amid this is one quiet place to tent camp: the McCully Heritage Project. McCully is a private nonprofit foundation, the legacy of Howard and Eva McCully, established to promote environmental education and enjoyment of the natural, cultural, and historical resources of the lower Illinois River valley. Today the foundation manages these 940 acres for a variety of programs, including limited primitive camping.

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"Calhoun County in western Illinois is almost an island—35 miles long and barely 6 miles wide for most of its length, it’s a hilly, heavily wooded peninsula tucked between the Illinois and Mississippi rivers. To get there from the east, west, or south requires using the single bridge or one of three ferries.

Visitors can discover small towns, secluded wild places, and even archeological excavations that reveal 8,000 years of human habitation. And amid this is one quiet place to tent camp: the McCully Heritage Project. McCully is a private nonprofit foundation, the legacy of Howard and Eva McCully, established to promote environmental education and enjoyment of the natural, cultural, and historical resources of the lower Illinois River valley. Today the foundation manages these 940 acres for a variety of programs, including limited primitive camping."

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Kampsville
Campsites: 3 walk-in, 2 hike-in sites
Season: Year-round
Driving Directions: Directions to McCully Heritage Project

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