Activities at Dixon Springs

Dixon Springs Park Brochure


There is a Class B trailer camp area with a sanitary dumping station and electricity available. A tent camping area is also provided for the primitive camper. Campers need to obtain a permit from the park personnel. Cabins and a group camping area are available for organized groups.

Possum Creek Campground is a Class C area providing vehicular access but no showers or electricity. Facilities include drinking water, privies, a sanitary disposal station, pedestal stoves, fire blocks and a fire ring. Shady Grove Campground accommodates groups by reservation only. Ground fires in both campgrounds are allowed only in the fire rings.

Reservations can be made at ExploreMoreIL™.


Although Richland Creek offers negligible fishing opportunities. Hidden Springs has five stocked fishing ponds. Hickory Ridge

Pond and Prairie Pond are accessible by vehicle. White oaks, Sassafras and Park Pond available by foot on trails systems. Bass, bluegill, redear and channel catfish are stocked in all. Swimming is prohibited anywhere on forest property.


Hunter Fact Sheet

Wildlife food plots, providing habitat for the forest’s varied wildlife populations, are located throughout the site area. Firearm and archery hunting are permitted at the site, except in the 240-acre portion containing the site headquarters, Possum Creek Campground and Rolling Meadows Picnic Area. Hunting information, fact sheets, maps, regulations and directions to the hunter parking lots are available at the site office. Hunters are required to complete hunter survey cards for each hunting trip. Please consult the forest superintendent about boundaries, hours and other aspects of the hunting program.


Picnic tables and outdoor stoves are available at three shaded picnic areas. A picnic shelter, playgrounds, parking areas, and drinking water are also available.

Swimming Pool

A modern swimming pool, bathhouse, and 45-foot water slide are provided for swimmers’ enjoyment. A lifeguard is on duty at all times. Towering oaks, elms, and birch trees shade the pool.


There is a self-guided, 1.7-mile nature trail and a1-mile trail through Ghost Dance Canyon