Camp Illinois had the chance to catch up with Weldon Springs State Park to gain some insights in to the most popular activities, the best attractions in the area and some insider tips on camping at Weldon Springs State Park. Read below to learn more about this great camping spot in East Central Illinois.
Hiking the Lakeside Trail, it’s a 2 mile hike that circles the lake. While hiking the trail visit Veterans Point.
Favorite place to camp at Weldon Springs
Hike through the bottomland of Weldon Springs along Salt Creek Backpack Trail for a true getaway. Beside these rustic campsites along the creek, you could be anywhere. Campers may hear the evening serenades of coyote; great-horned, barred and screech owls; whip-poor-wills and wild turkeys. White-tail deer, beaver, muskrat and mink are often seen along this trail.
Getting To Know Weldon Springs State Park
When was Weldon Springs State Park founded?
Lincoln Weldon, left the original 40 acres along with an additional 10 acres to the City of Clinton to be known as Weldon Springs Park in 1936. The state of Illinois accepted ownership in 1948.
What are the most popular activities in the park?
People come to Weldon Springs State Park for many reasons, some of the most popular activities while at the park are hiking, camping, fishing, and birding. For fisherman there is a 29-acre, spring-fed lake that has sizeable largemouth bass, crappie and catfish. There are 4 great hiking trails for ranging from 7/8 of a mile to a 2 mile hike. The trails wind through ponds, forests and the bottomlands of Salt Creek.
Where is Weldon Springs State Park located? What are some other attractions in the area worth checking out?
Weldon Springs State Park is located two miles southeast of Clinton, off Route 10 East. There are many great activities to keep you busy in the town of Clinton, such as the C.H. Moore Homestead/DeWitt County Museum, Clinton Lake State Recreation Area, the Annual Apple ‘N Pork Festival, or Mr. Lincoln’s Square.
What are the campsites like? Are they more open or secluded?
Drive-in sites with electricity also have a grassy area for picnicking or setting up a tent. There are plenty of shade trees throughout the campground. Walk-in tent sites are situated in the timber and provide more seclusion, but require a slight walk to get to your site.