Dixon Springs State Park
There are a number of state parks located in the Illinois Shawnee Hills and Dixon Springs State Park is one of them. There is a fault that runs through the area and the state park resides on a part of the fault that has dropped approximately 200 feet, making it a rather unique and beautiful area.
At one time, this area was home to a number of Native American tribes, including the Shawnee. The Shawnee Indians had been removed from the area of Tennessee and they settled in an area that they referred to as the “great medicine waters” that is at the mouth of the Wabash River. The Grand Trace, which is a well-known Indian trail, also passed nearby to the park as well. Prior to the time that the Park was established, however, the majority of the Indians had left the area.
The area of Dixon Springs State Park is well known for its hilly countryside. When the rainy season occurs, waterfalls of various sizes and heights form throughout the park. There are also many beautiful boulders, that mark the countryside as well along with large trees that are over a century old.
The park is located approximately 10 miles west of Golconda, Illinois and is 786 acres in size. It offers a number of hiking trails as well as camping areas, swimming, picnic shelters and a swimming pool. If you enjoy boating, there are launch ramps available and winter activities are also available for those who want to make use of the park during the colder time of the year.
You can access the Dixon Springs State Park from route 146 East or West. You can also gain access to it easily from route 145, as it is just east of the intersection of those two roads.