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Important Information: Due to Extremely Dry Conditions - This park has implemented an "open fire ban" until further notice, please check with the park office and/or the campground hosts upon your arrival for further information and alerts!
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Hidden Springs State Forest, IL

Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Fri Oct 17 2014   Later Dates


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.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Archery
  • Bicycling
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Boating, Canoeing
  • Boating, Kayaking
  • Boating, Pedal
  • 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
  • Shelters
  • Stargazing
  • Sunbathing
  • Trails, Easy Hiking/Walking
  • Trails, Moderate Hiking
  • 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
  • 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
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

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

Phone Number:

Information: (217)644-3091

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