Pine Hills Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Pine Hills Campsite

Pine Hills campground has level campsites with open grassy areas between campsites. Popular with hunters in the spring and fall, the campground is also ideal for those who like to view nature, go birding, hike or take a scenic drive. Pine Hills Road leads to the top of the bluffs and features panoramic views of the LaRue Swamp and Mississippi River floodplain.

Located adjacent to one of the largest natural areas in the state Pine Hills is ideal for nature lovers. In addition the Snake Road, located at the bottom of the bluffs is closed biannually to vehicular traffic, to protect the thousands of the reptiles and amphibians as they migrate between their summer and winter habitats.    

Pine Hills Campground  Map

At a Glance

Reservations: Campground is first come - first served.  No reservations.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets
Fees Campsites $10/night - 8 people & 2 vehicles max.
Open Season: Year-round
  • Camp only at designated campsites.
  • Camping is not allowed in LaRue Pine Hills Research Natural Area. 
  • Pets are allowed only on a leash.
  • Stay on the designated trail. Pack it in, Pack it out, along trails.
  • Collections of any kind is strictly prohibited within the Research Natural Area.  Violators will be prosecuted.
  • Refer to the Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources hunting website for all hunting and fishing regulations
Closest Towns: Wolf Lake, IL 62998
Restroom: vault toilets
Information Center: Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District (618) 833-8576

General Information


From Jonesboro take Illinois 146 west to Route 127 north. Go north three miles to the State Forest blacktop road. Turn west and travel 9 miles to FR236 or Pine Hills road. The camground is .07 miles north on Pine Hills road. To access PHCG from Illinois Route 3, turn onto the State Forest blacktop at the south edge of Wolf Lake. Travel east approx. 1 mile to the Pine Hills Road, FR236. Turn north onto FR236 and travel .07 miles to the campground.

Recreation Map

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Nature Viewing

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Picnic tables picnic shelter
Toilets vault toilets
Tent camping
Accessible campground & vault toilets
Camping trailer Small trailers;pop-up trailer; NO water/electric hook-ups