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Shawnee National Forest, IL - Hayes Canyon Campground

Eddyville, Illinois

Admin: Liz Heitshusen

We enjoyed our stay at Hayes Canyon Campground. We stayed in one of the cabins. The horses had covered stalls just outside so it was great to have them close. We cleaned stalls in the morning into wagons and Hayes hauled it off. Very handy! The trails were mostly a mix of rocks and mud. Definitely recommend shoes and maybe pads if your horses are tender footed. Our mare with tender feet had shoes on but ended up sore on the last day. We went during August so it was very quiet. It was upper 80s to low 90s. I think we would go in fall if we go again. We were lucky that it was a wet summer so there was plenty of water on the trails for the horses. The spiders were awful so be prepared to carry a spider stick in parts of the trail! Overall it was a nice trip. The trails were scenic. We rode to Jackson Hole and Indian Kitchen. We drove over to Garden of the Gods. The restaurant in town was nice as well. Hayes Canyon has very nice owners. They were helpful picking out trails and were okay with us checking in late.

TYPE OF DESTINATION

Camping / Lodging with Facilities - Cabins

AMENITIES FOR 2 LEGGED -

-- Electric Hookups

-- Room for Large Living Quarters Trailers

-- Showers

-- Restrooms

-- Garbage Containment

-- Manure Removal

-- Water / Drinkable

-- Water / Potable

-- Restaurants / Café Nearby

AMENITIES FOR 4 LEGGED -

-- Horse Stalls

MILES OF DESTINATION / ACREAGE OF PUBLIC LANDS / # OF DAYS’ WORTH OF RIDING

More than 5 days worth.

TYPE OF LAND

- Private Land (Campground, Ranch, etc)

- National Land

ACCESS TO TRAILS

- Trails right from location

WATER CROSSINGS

- Streams

Type of Footing on the trails

- Gravel, Rock

- Shoes / Boots Suggested

Type of Terrain

- Flat

- Hills

- Challenging Trails / Terrain

TYPE OF HORSE I WAS RIDING

- Non-Gaited

PEAK RIDING SEASON / WEATHER

Spring or Fall - It can get hot in the summer!

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