Dixon Springs, Illinois
Dixon Springs State Park was developed on the site of a former mineral springs resort in the hills of Southern Illinois. A small village developed around the resort in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The only thing left of that village are the three churches picture here. Dixon Springs State Park has a really great campground. It's cheap, in a beautiful natural setting and the sites are spacious. The sounds of the early morning calisthenics coming from the juvenile detention facility next door were slightly disturbing. I'd recommend staying towards the front of the campground unless you plan on being up really early. All and all it's a very nice little park in a surprisingly beautiful part of the country. Cairo, Thebes and Shawneetown are all close by as well as a number of other beautiful parks and the Ohio and Mississippi rivers.
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