Lake Glendale, Pounds Hollow & Bell Smith Springs


Garden of the Gods "Camel Rock," Sand Cave, Burden Falls, Bell Smith Springs and many more


Harrah's Riverboat Casino in nearby Metropolis, IL


Great deer and turkey seasons

9 Day Trail Ride

Close by, with hundreds of miles of trails accessible here on property.


Enjoy the Cave-in-Rock Ferry across the Ohio River

Sights in Nearby Golconda, IL (13 miles away)

Big name fishing tournaments, shrimp festival, Shawnee Queen River Excursions.

Horseback Riding/Hiking Near Camp Thirsty

Haynes Canyon, Peter's Cave, Jackson Falls, Sand Cave, Indian Kitchen, Lusk Creek Canyon, Devil's Backbone, Natural Rock Bridge, Salt Peter Cave and Secret Canyon.



Tourism is a top industry in this area.  As such, there are festivals and events throughout the year.  Being located in a nature lover's paradise, there are many lakes from which to choose for canoeing/kayaking, fishing, skiing or a relaxing picnic.  Hunters know the area's reputation for trophy bucks and turkey.  Shoppers will enjoy the historic and riverfront towns for unique and antique items.  Into gaming, you'll enjoy Harrah's Riverboat Casino.  We are also near the Shawnee Wine Trail.

For more details about some great events in southern Illinois, visit the Southernmost Illinois Tourism Bureau.

Activities - all nearby

Festivals - Food - Entertainment Every Weekend in southern illinois