Pine Hills Campground

Area Status: Open
Gravel Camping area with picnic table and fire ring shaded by dense green trees.

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.   Payment cash or check only.
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: Jonesboro, IL 62952
Water: No
Restroom: vault toilets
Information Center: Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District (618) 833-8576

General Information


From Jonesboro take State Hwy 146 west to State Hwy 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

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Lake and Pond Fishing

Day Hiking

Big Game Hunting

Small Game Hunting

Game Bird/Waterfowl


Viewing Wildlife

Viewing Plants

Viewing Scenery


Group Picnicking


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

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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