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Hidden Springs State Forest, IL

Hidden springs offers , fishing, camping and hiking, picnicking, and hunting.. Located amid a vast agricultural landscape, Hidden springs consists of gently rolling hills, hardwoods timber pine plantations, prairies,wildflowers, wildlife, fish . In the spring, the park comes alive...
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Wed Feb 18 2015   Later Dates

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Alerts and Important Information
Shelter Reservations are non-refundable unless the area is closed by the Department, in this circumstance the Site Manager will contact you prior to your reservation date to cancel and issue your refund.

* A responsible adult (18 years of age or older) from the camping party must register for the party and thereby acknowledge compliance with the rules and regulations of the park for the party. * At least one responsible adult must accompany each group of 15 minors. * Special camping rate reductions apply to Illinois residents only. * Group size and number of vehicles cannot exceed the established maximums. * The maximum length of camping stay from May 1 through September 30 is 14 nights in any 30 day period. * Responsible use of alcohol is permitted in the area, with the exceptions of archery range. * All pets must be on a leash: Pet owners are responsible for their animal's waste and must dispose of it properly. * All visitors are required to leave at or before 10:00PM. * Groups of 25 or more are required to register in advance with the park office * We hope you enjoy your stay or event: Remember, take only memories, leave only footprints.

For specific park information or questions regarding your reservation, please call the Park Office at 217-644-3091
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Hidden Springs State Forest Shelter 100
Electric Hookup Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Hidden Springs State Forest Youth Group Camp 40
Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the campground.
*** Some sites may be available only from the campground on a first-come-first-served basis.
Overview

Description

Hidden springs offers , fishing, camping and hiking, picnicking, and hunting.. Located amid a vast agricultural landscape, Hidden springs consists of gently rolling hills, hardwoods timber pine plantations, prairies,wildflowers, wildlife, fish . In the spring, the park comes alive with redbuds, wildflowers and songbirds. In the fall, the park's wooded acres dominate the eye with foliage colors that are varied and spectacular. and 964 acres are available for public hunting. During any time of the year, wildlife viewing opportunities are everywhere. Hidden Springs has a camp ground with 28 class "c" sites which are available ,. no reservations accepted .Opened in 1960's, the 1229-acre State Forest is managed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Booking Window

Shelter

Wed Aug 27 2014 - Sat Aug 22 2015

Reservations must be made 5 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

Youth Group Camp

Wed Aug 27 2014 - Wed Feb 18 2015

Reservations must be made 5 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 180 Days(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Tue Apr 01 2014 Sat Nov 01 2014
Walk In Sun Nov 02 2014 Tue Mar 31 2015
Peak Wed Apr 01 2015 Sun Nov 01 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Archery
  • Bicycling
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Boating, Canoeing
  • Boating, Kayaking
  • Boating, Pedal
  • CAMPING, BACKCOUNTRY
  • Campground Host
  • Camping, Equestrian
  • Camping, Equestrian Group
  • Camping, Improved Site
  • Camping, Primitive
  • Canoeing
  • Dump Station, Camper
  • Fire Rings
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Handicap Access
  • Hiking
  • Hiking - Moderate
  • Hiking Trail
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Horseshoes
  • Hospital
  • Hunting
  • Information/Contact Station
  • Interpretive Trail
  • Jogging/Running
  • Maintenance, Facility
  • Nature Study
  • Office/Ranger Station
  • Paddle Boating
  • Parking
  • Photography
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Pavilion
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • River/Stream
  • SCENIC DRIVING ROUTES
  • Shelters
  • Stargazing
  • Sunbathing
  • Trails, Easy Hiking/Walking
  • Trails, Moderate Hiking
  • WATER ACCESS, RIVER / STREAM
  • Walking
  • Water, Drinking
  • Wildflower Viewing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Less Than 1000 Feet
  • Fishing, River/Stream
Within 10 Miles
  • Antiquing
  • Area attraction
  • Cash Machine/Atm
  • Emergency Services
  • Golfing
  • Grocery Store
  • Group/Community Facility
  • Maintenance, Vehicle
  • Pay Telephone
  • Retail, Bait & Tackle
  • Retail, Drinks
  • Retail, Firewood
  • Retail, Ice
  • Retail, Snacks
  • Retail, Supplies
  • SWIMMING, RESERVOIR
  • Seasonal Festivals
  • Swimming - Pool
  • Swimming, Pool
  • Tennis
  • Town
  • Volleyball
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Golf
  • Laundry
  • Maintenance, RV/Camper
  • Mall
  • Medical Clinic
  • Motel
  • Park Lake
  • Shopping
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Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

CANCELLATION POLICY:

CAMPSITES, CABINS:
Cancellations made prior to the minimum booking window for the facility will be provided a full refund minus the non-refundable $5.00 reservation fee. Cancellations made inside the minimum reservation window, but prior to arrival, will be charged the first nights campsite or cabin use fee as well as the $5.00 reservation fee. All remaining funds will be refunded.

Cancellations (or early departures) made after the scheduled arrival date will be charged for the nights that have passed (or the minimum stay requirement, whichever is greater), plus one additional nights campground or cabin use fee and the $5.00 reservation fee. Any remaining funds will be refunded.

No-shows will be charged the full amount of the campsite/cabin reservation fee and the $5.00 reservation fee, without refund.

SHELTERS: The reservation fee for Shelters is $25 for each day the shelter is reserved. All Shelter fees are non-refundable unless the area is closed by the Department. Upon vacating the site, shelter users are required to remove all personal belongings and place all trash in the appropriate receptacles located at the site. Failure to clean up the area after you leave will result in a disposal fee of $50. Failure to pay the disposal fee will result in denial of future reservations until the fee is paid in full.


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
Apr 01 2014 -
Nov 01 2014
Youth Group Camp $20.00
Shelter $25.00
Walk In Season
Nov 02 2014 -
Mar 31 2015
Youth Group Camp $20.00
Shelter $25.00
Peak Season
Apr 01 2015 -
Nov 01 2015
Youth Group Camp $20.00
Shelter $25.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
39.30972, -88.68472
39°18'35"N, 88°41'5"W

Located 8 miles south east of SHELBYVILLE IL, the park is in close proximity to Interstate 57, and Interstate 70 approx 21 miles north west of Effingham ,il on Route 32 north. the 4 miles west on county rd 700
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Hidden Springs State Forest
RR# 1 BOX 200
STRASBURG   IL  62465

Phone Number:

Information:  (217)644-3091
Additional Information
Special Events

The events listed here are not intended to be an all inclusive list. Please contact the park for further details.

  • HIDDEN SPRINGS STATE FOREST: None from Mar 21 2010 to Dec 31 2050