Do you enjoy a bit of history and excitement?  Retrace the paths of Davy
Crockett.  Explore a prehistoric Indian fort.  Learn about river pirates,
counterfeiters and murder.  See an old Illinois iron furnace.  From river cruises
to rock climbing bluffs 100's of feet high, from historic caves to stately
mansions, it is all just minutes away from
Hillcrest Camp and it is cost free.

Less than 20 minutes away, beautiful POUNDS HOLLOW RECREATIONAL COMPLEX
offers an attractive, clean swimming beach area, paddle boats, fishing, picnic areas and
pavilion, hiking trails with spectacular sandstone bluffs, prehistoric Indian fort, an Indian
mound and horseback trails.  Nestled in a deep, wooded valley surrounding a clean, spring
fed 25 acre lake, this recreational area is one of the most beautiful in the Ohio River valley,
the Shawnee National Forest.

Hike from there or drive 2 miles by road to
RIM ROCK NATIONAL TRAIL where you can
explore an ancient Indian wall and Ox Lot Cave.  This is one of the most scenic trails in the
almost 300,000 acre Shawnee National Forest.  One can walk the 1/8 mile trail around the
top of "the Rim".  But the real beauty of the area comes on a trail half way around the Rim
as one takes the stairway down through a narrow rock Indian passage to see massive rock
cliffs and boulders then on down to a wonderful valley finding a huge rock shelter bluff and
Ox Lot cave.  
HIGH KNOB offers a spectacular view from 929 feet high.  This is a hikers
paradise!

Then enjoy the 8 mile journey around the road through breath taking scenery to the
"GARDEN OF THE GODS", rated by USA TODAY AS THE #6 SITE OF 10 GREAT
PLACES IN THE US
to capture nature on film.  The sandstone bluffs stretching 100s of
feet up in the air among native hardwoods and hundred year old cedar trees of the Ozarks
is a sight almost too marvelous for words.  Camel's Rock, Devil's Smokestack, Anvil Rock,
"H" Rock are featured formations amid mountain valleys and streams, surrounded by over
3,000 acres of wilderness area that is relatively undisturbed.

CAVE IN ROCK STATE PARK features a 55 feet wide cave on the Ohio River steeped in
history of river pirates.  The park hosts spectacular river views with picnic areas, both
fishing from the river and  a trout pond.

CAVE IN ROCK FREE FERRY, the only ferry to cross the Ohio River from Illinios, takes
you across to the Kentucky Amish country with many shops and an Amish Bakery.

TOWER ROCK TRAIL allows you to hike to the top of this majestic rock bluff rising 160
feet above the Ohio River.
All of these attractions are minutes away, there is
NO COST, they are clean, well
maintained, supervised and located on paved easy accessible roads.

THE "SHAWNEE QUEEN" RIVER TAXI offers a scenic trip on the Ohio River to see
historic river towns.  It is the only passenger vessel that provides trips along the Ohio River
in Illinois.
HIGH KNOB
POUNDS HOLLOW
RIM ROCK
GARDEN of the GODS
Hillcrest Baptist Camp & Retreat Center
15 MINUTES AWAY FROM HILLCREST CAMP- COME SEE & DO IT ALL ATTRACTIONS!