Lusk Creek Wilderness

Area Status: Open

Lusk Creek Wilderness is located in Pope County. The wilderness features an outstanding scenic view called Indian Kitchen. Trails for hiking and equestrian use lead through areas where there is evidence of past use, including homestead, fruit trees, cemeteries and abandoned roads. Canoeing is very a popular activity on Lusk Creek during the spring and early summer.

Camping is allowed in the wilderness and no permits are needed. Use Leave No Trace outdoor ethics and camp away from trails and water sources. Lusk Creek can rise outside its banks quickly during and after rain events. Camping is not allowed in the Lusk Creek Canyon Nature Preserve located in Lusk Creek Wilderness. The Nature Preserve is part of the State of Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources.

General Information

General Notes:

Parking, Trail Heads and Directions:

New Liberty Church Parking & Trail Head:
From State Hwy. 145, West on Forest Rd. 404. Then south on Forest Rd. 488.

Indian Kitchen Parking and Trail Head:
From State Hwy. 145 Southeast on Eddyville-Golconda Blacktop. follow sign to Indian Kitchen


Dispersed Camping

Day Hiking


Horse Riding

Big Game Hunting

Small Game Hunting

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