Beall Woods State Park

Mount Carmel, Illinois

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You can visit Dickson Mounds, Cahokia Mounds, Millstone Bluff, and other places in Illinois to view artifacts of the Native Americans who lived here long before Europeans came. At Beall (pronounced “bell”) Woods State Park, however, you can see what the woodlands themselves looked like in those pre-pioneer days. Within the 635 acres of this park on the banks of the Wabash River are 329 acres of old-growth woods—virtually untouched by man—the largest remnant of the original deciduous forests that once covered perhaps 40 percent of the state. In this Midwestern equivalent of California’s redwood forest, some 300 trees grow to more than 120 feet tall.
The Best in Tent Camping: Illinois

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The Best in Tent Camping: Illinois

by John Schirle (Menasha Ridge Press)

You can visit Dickson Mounds, Cahokia Mounds, Millstone Bluff, and other places in Illinois to view artifacts of the Native Americans who lived here long before Europeans came. At Beall (pronounced “bell”) Woods State Park, however, you can see what the woodlands themselves looked like in those pre-pioneer days.

Within the 635 acres of this park on the banks of the Wabash River are 329 acres of old-growth woods—virtually untouched by man—the largest remnant of the original deciduous forests that once covered perhaps 40 percent of the state. In this Midwestern equivalent of California’s redwood forest, some 300 trees grow to more than 120 feet tall.

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Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Mount Carmel
Campsites: 16 Class C sites
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Beall Woods State Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Beall Woods State Park

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