Day Hiking at Camp Ondessonk
As Illinois moves into Phase-4 of Governor Pritzker’s Restore Illinois Plan, Camp Ondessonk opens its gates for registered day hiking. Members and guests of the greater Ondessonk community can explore the wilderness of Camp Ondessonk starting June 29, 2020.
Days Available: Monday through Sunday
Times Available: 9 AM-5 PM
Fee: Free-will offering at the suggested rate of $3.00-$5.00 per person
Check-In & Check-Out Locations:
- Saturday – Sunday in Trading Post
- Monday – Friday in St. Noel Office
- Monday-Friday day visitors must call 877-659-2267 x 0 for reservations
- Saturday & Sunday day visitors must call 618-759-1780 for reservations
- Upon arrival day visitors must complete the Health Self Screening Questionnaire
- All members of the registered group must sign waivers and receive wristbands
- The registered group will receive a vehicle tag for each vehicle to be placed on their rear-view mirror or dashboard while hiking
- Day visitors may only hike on the trails and are not permitted to sign up for activities
- Day Visitors must check-out at assigned location no later than 5 PM
- During check-out day hiking visitors must return the parking pass and wristbands
Of the existing trails we’ve been hiking for 61 years, the Cedar Falls/East Side Trail to the Pakentuck area is now marked with red blazes, the Phantom’s Canyon/West Side Trail has blue blazes, and the Pine Lake Trail is marked in yellow. Some small reroutes have been made in certain areas to divert trails from going directly through campsites and to keep routes more in the woods rather than “hiking” on roads.
We built the first of our new trails over the summer of 2018. The Bridge Trail, marked in green blazes, “bridges” the West and East Sides of Camp’s Trail network. It begins on the Cinder Path near Bush’s Garden, intersects the trail to Pine Alley before going up the ridge to Morgan’s Field. Continuing east, the Bridge Trail reopens an old, somewhat forgotten trail going by an amazing triple natural sandstone bridge in the bluff line (hence the name) before terminating at the Cedar Falls Trail on the East Side.