Family Fun at Robin Hood’sWoods Campground

If you have ever enjoyed the cartoon antics of Hanna-Barbera’s “Yogi Bear” in the fictional Jellystone Park you can bring your picnic baskets to Yogi Bear’s Yellowstone Park, the gorgeous national park which was the inspiration for Jellystone. The Park offers more than 50 different sites designated as picnic areas. If you can’t locate a park picnic map, look for directional signage as you travel the roads through Yellowstone. The three newest picnic groves are situated around Gibbons Falls. Most of the park areas offer visitors traditional picnic tables in addition to offering rest room facilities. Be aware that overnight camping is not allowed in any designated picnic area. To make the most of your Yellowstone Park picnic, remember to bring bottled water for cooking and washing as only one designated picnic spot, Madison, TV packages Bellevue, offers running water. Visitors must bring their own cooking gear such as grills operated by burning charcoal or camping stoves. If the picnic area you select does not have a fire grate, do not attempt to light your own fire as this is illegal. Conscientious picnickers always check first with Yellowstone’s Visitors Services Office to find out if wildfire danger is at a high level and fires are temporarily restricted. Want to know more? Go ahead: Free Programs Mark Migratory Bird Day In Yellowstone


A Day at the Races: DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Racetrack

The DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Racetrack is a four-turn oval one-mile clay racetrack that is on the USAC Silver Crown and ARCA tours and is located 90 miles southeast of St. Louis.

Opened in 1946, this “Magic Mile” racetrack had been constructed on strip mine reclaimed land, and its premier championship national race was held in September, 1948. Businessman William R. Hayes had purchased 1,600 acres of that reclaimed mining land in 1923, after attending the World’s Fair, and created the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds. He eventually expanded his small fairgrounds into 1,200 Read the rest of this entry »


Take a Hike at Shawnee National Park

Within the Shawnee and Ozark hills, the Shawnee National Forest is located in southern Illinois. Waterfalls, rivers, canyons, rock formations and more of nature’s wonders are found in this vast reserved land. Marked hiking trails are found throughout the region, but a detailed map of the forest is useful. The Shawnee National Forest covers nearly 300,000 acres of public land, and many amazing attractions are popular for day hikes and backpacking trips.

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Preparing to Camp in Illinois Wilds

Well, as the Boy Scouts say “Be Prepared.” Especially when you’re planning on spending any extended period of time in the woods – doesn’t matter if it’s the Illinois Wilds or the somewhere else in the country. You may have bought all the necessary equipment, but if you think you’ve finished preparing, then you had better check the list below.

Here are just a few other things you ought to look into before you set out for the wilds:

- Consult the TV. No joke, there are plenty of informative programs on the wilderness and even a couple reality shows that might give you some survival information should push come to shove. If you have www.cable-tv.com service, then you should have no problem finding something helpful.

- Deal with the mail. You don’t want to leave the mail and newspapers stacking up and unattended. Nothing says “hey, I’m not home” like an overflowing mailbox. Coordinate with your neighbors or just have the postal carrier withhold your mail until your return.

- Invest in a pocket survival guide. Something small that you can carry with you without being encumbered. A lot of book stores sell these and they come packed with useful information including what’s safe to eat and what is not.

Prudence is very important when preparing for a camping trip. Otherwise you could be in for a real rough time.


Go Fishing and Catch Some Rays at Devil’s Kitchen

Bad days spent fishing are better than good days doing anything else. You will be guaranteed a good day if your time is spent out on Devil’s Kitchen Lake. The water is crystal clear and up to 90 feet deep. It is an ideal environment for common game fish like bass and crappie.

The water of Devil’s Kitchen Lake holds a hidden treasure for fishermen; it is one of the few places in Illinois with a population of rainbow trout. Situated in the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, Devil’s Lake is Read the rest of this entry »


Rock Climbing at Giant City Sate Park

Giant City State Park, located near Carbondale, Illinois, has nearly 4,000 acres of natural land for plenty of outdoor activities. The entire family can find something to do they will enjoy. Sitting just inside the Shawnee National Forest, the area was named for the impressions made by its large swaths of sandstone. Camping, hunting, fishing, rock climbing & rappelling, a lodge for non-campers & dining and horseback riding are all offered at Giant City State Park. THere are multiple hiking trails that traverse throughout the park. Giant City park sees more than 1.5 million visitors per year.

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Walk on the Wild Side at Brookfield Zoo!

The Brookfield Zoo, located just outside of Chicago, was opened in 1934. This zoo was the first to have indoor exhibits with multiple species displayed together. It was also the first zoo to take a revolutionary step in animal display by using moats instead of cages. The mission of this zoo extends beyond just housing animals to education about conservation and care of exotic species.

Today, the zoo boasts an impressive collection of exhibits representing a variety of species. The Big Cats exhibit houses the popular African lions and Read the rest of this entry »


Go “Glamping” (Glamorous-Camping) at Buena Vista Farms

Buena Vista Farms in central Illinois offers the perfect location to go “Glamping”, the fast-growing vacation trend of going camping at a place that provides luxurious amenities and accommodations more like a fine hotel rather than a rustic cabin with primitive outhouses. Glamping combines the enjoyment of the great outdoors without having to miss all the comforts of home. Buena Vista Farms offers its visitors Hot Tub Cabins featuring electricity, running water, and even a kitchenette for cooking meals. Heat and Read the rest of this entry »


Bring Your Picnic Baskets to Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park

If you have ever enjoyed the cartoon antics of Hanna-Barbera’s “Yogi Bear” in the fictional Jellystone Park you can bring your picnic baskets to Yogi Bear’s Yellowstone Park, the gorgeous national park which was the inspiration for Jellystone. The Park offers more than 50 different sites designated as picnic areas. If you can’t locate a park picnic map, look for directional signage as you travel the roads through Yellowstone. The three newest picnic groves are situated around Gibbons Falls. Most of the park areas offer visitors traditional picnic tables in addition to offering rest room facilities. Be aware that Read the rest of this entry »