For wildflowers, beautiful foliage and soothing breezes in the spring...picnicking, camping, hiking, boating and fishing in the summer...appreciating the brilliant hues of autumn's colorful plumage...or ice skating and ice fishing in the brisk, blue winter...Red Hills State Park in Lawrence County welcomes visitors year round.
In southeastern Illinois midway between Olney and Lawrenceville on U.S. 50, Red Hills is a carefully preserved and maintained 967 acres of high wooded hills, deep ravines, captivating meadows and year-round springs. It's the perfect setting for natural relaxation and outdoor activities. The sparkling 40-acre lake is ideal for fishing and boating.
Pause to enjoy the spectacular scenic view from atop Red Hills--the highest point of land between St. Louis and Cincinnati.
A satellite area of the park, the 627-acre Chauncey Marsh Nature Preserve contains the best remaining example of what is called a Wabash Border Marsh Ecosystem, with marshes, dry and wet prairie, lush bottomland forest and thriving riverine communities. During late July and early August beautiful pink and white hibiscus and hairy rose mallow are in bloom.
Red Hills State Park offers hiking trails, equestrian and bike trails, seasonal hunting programs, and shaded picnic areas. The Red Hills campground features more than 100 campsites, with online reservations available at www.reserveamerica.com. Veterans' Point is a one-quarter acre parcel of land that is available to local veteran groups to honor ex-servicemen of all wars and to provide a place for their gatherings.
The Trace Inn Restaurant, under new management, will be open year round with a beautiful setting overlooking Red Hill
Lake amid a grove of hardwood trees.
In order to provide an improved camping experience, the Department of Natural Resources is seeking the public's input on recommended upgrades to the buildings and grounds at the group campground areas of Ouatoga, Piasa and Potawatomi within Pere Marquette State Park. If you have utilized one of these campgrounds or if you are familiar with these facilities, the Department is requesting that you please take five minute to complete the following survey to collect information concerning your past experience and future preferences. Go to Survey