Wingos Bear Branch Horse Camp offers well-equipped campsites and lodging, great family dining, and beautiful trails and natural scenic beauty in all directions!

Year-round Horse Camping at Its Best in the Shawnee National Forest

Chosen by readers of Western Horseman and Trail Blazer magazines as among the
"Top 5 Best Places to Ride"!

Catering to Trail Riders, Hikers, Hunters and Nature Lovers

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Johnny Cash, Ghost Riders in the Sky

Horses at Bear Branch horse camp patiently await their riders' return from dinner in the Log Cabin Restaurant
In from the trail, horses rest
while riders enjoy a
great dinner
at Bear Branch Log Cabin Restaurant

Bear Branch Horse Camp offers the country's finest horse camping, cabins & horse facilities, and famed Rustic Log Cabin Restaurant

Come and ride our lush forest trails, ford rocky creeks, travel down rock canyons, circle and climb high bluffs under waterfalls
and into large caves.
You'll see why this is the home of
The Ultimate Trail Ride!

Bear Branch Horse Camp is centrally located in the beautiful 280,000-acre Shawnee National Forest just above Lusk Creek Canyon. Named after a creek that runs through the property, Bear Branch offers multiple access to the most scenic riding and hiking trails in the Forest. The Shawnee National Forest now has marked trails as well as good maps. No Bridle Tags are required to ride in Shawnee National Forest.

Our horse camp is within easy riding or hiking distance of Indian Kitchen, High Point, Devil's Back Bone, Natural Rock Bridge, Salt Peter Cave, Secret Canyon, Peter Cave, Sand Cave, Jackson Hole, Bell Smith Springs, and Hayes Creek Canyon. And we're just minutes from the River-to-River Trail. While you are here, be sure to save time to visit the breathtaking Garden of the Gods, Harrah's Riverboat Casino, and the many antique shops located nearby.

Bear Branch features cabins and lodging with private baths, 80 campsites with hookups and highlines, a shower house with laundry facilities, heat and air conditioning, and a General Store and Tack Shop. For your horses, there are corrals (approx. 100' x 100') and numerous 12' x 12' pens, highlines at all campsites, and a barn with 40 box stalls. There is a 2-acre fishing pond and a playground and recreational area. Our trails are marked, and trail maps are available.


Bear Branch offers well-equipped campsites and lodging, wonderful family dining, and beautiful trails in all directions!
The Log Cabin Restaurant at Bear Branch is is closed pending renovations and other changes by the new owners, Barbara Wingo and her daughters.
The Bear Branch General Store and Tack Shop offers those things you forgot and many items you'll want!
Need sodas? Toothpaste? Horse supplies?
Tack? Ice? Postcards? Feed? . . . Or?
Stop by our General Store and Tack Shop!

Bear Branch Horse Camp is a healthy happy place for your horses!
Bear Branch offers horse campers a wide range of activities.

The Shawnee National Forest is truly one of the most beautiful places to ride in the nation! Come to Bear Branch and enjoy the riding vacation of a lifetime.

Barbara Wingo and daughters
Proprietors, Bear Branch Horse Camp

Shawnee National Forest offers extraordinary scenic beauty!  Ever ride behind a plunging waterfall?

Waterfall at Peter Cave
Hikers enjoy Bear Branch access to Shawnee National Forest trails

Hikers Atop Natural Rock Bridge


Check Your Calendar! 3-Day Weekend Rides
Easter | Memorial Day | Fourth of July
Labor Day | Columbus Day

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Bear Branch now offers free wi-fi,
wireless internet

Once you've visited Bear Branch Horse Camp you will always want to return.

P.O. Box 10, Highway 145 | Eddyville, Illinois 62928 | 618.672.4249 | Contact


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