Come and ride our
lush forest trails, ford rocky creeks, travel down rock canyons,
circle and climb high bluffs
and into large caves.
You'll see why this is the home
The Ultimate Trail
Bear Branch Horse Resort 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
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
campsites, and a barn with 40 box stalls. There is
a 2-acre fishing pond and a playground and
area. Our trails are marked, and trail maps are available.
BEAR BRANCH LOG CABIN RESTAURANT
Due to the severe subzero winter weather here in Southern Illinois, our restaurant has suffered extensive water problems and damage. We regret that the it will not be open this year, 2014, in the Spring and early Summer. You will find other quality restaurants in the area, however.