Hayes Canyon is located in beautiful Southern Illinois, just outside the village of Eddyville (the "Trail-Riding Capital of Illinois").  Approximate traveling distances:

St Louis 3 hrs,           Indianapolis 4.5 hrs
Chicago 6.5 hrs,            Louisville 3.5 hrs
Evansville 2 hrs,          Nashville 3 hrs,
Memphis  4 hrs           Madison 8 hrs,
Little Rock  5.5 hrs        Kansas City  6.5 hrs
Cincinnati  5 hrs

Directions to Hayes Canyon Campground :

IMPORTANT - when you get close to camp, use these directions, do NOT follow 'mapquest' or similar directions, and use caution with GPS directions . . . they may lead you down tortuous gravel roads which are unmarked!!


Directions from the North (Interstate 57 to 24, through Vienna, IL):

On Interstate 57 heading South, go through Marion IL.

About 7 miles South of Marion, take exit 44 to get onto Interstate 24 heading East (the sign will say 'to Nashville').

Exit #16 exit for Rt. 146 / Vienna.
Turn towards Golconda (East) on Route 146.
Go 1/10 mile to Route 147, turn Left (towards Simpson).  The Gambit Golf Resort is on your right at this corner.
Take Rt 147 for 13 miles to the first and only stop-sign at the T-intersection with Route 145.
Turn Left on Route 145. 
Go 5 miles and watch for the sign for Eddyville Road (the same road as Main Street).
Turn left onto Main Street into the village of Eddyville.  Look for the Hayes Canyon Campground sign at this corner.  The Shawnee Mart (Gas & Convenience) is at the opposite corner of this intersection.     
Follow Main Street for 1 mile.  You will pass through the small village of Eddyville.  
Hayes Canyon Campground is on the left side of the road marked with a sign and an American flag.

Directions from Interstate 24 from the South (through Paducah, KY via Metropolis, IL):

On Interstate 24, after you cross the Ohio river and enter IL, take the first exit (#37) for Route 45 for Metropolis/Brookport.
Turn towards Brookport (East) on Route 45.
Go 1/10 mile to Route 145, turn Left (North).  There is a closed down gas station on this corner. 
Take Rt 145 for 25 miles.  Watch for the sign for Eddyville Road (the same road as Main Street). This is past Pope County Mile Marker #16.  
Turn left onto Main Street into the village of Eddyville, there is a Hayes Canyon Campground sign at this corner.  The Shawnee Mart (Gas & Convenience) is at the opposite corner of this intersection.     
Follow Main Street for 1 mile.  You will pass through the small village of Eddyville.
Hayes Canyon Campground is on the left side of the road marked with a sign and an American flag.

Directions from Interstate 64 from the East (from the Evansville, IN or Louisville, KY area):

Just after entering Illinois, take the exit for Route #1 and head South (towards Carmi).
Follow Route 1 to Norris City. At Norris City, take Hwy 45 and keep heading South to Harrisburg.
In Harrisburg, stay on Hwy 45 South (which is also called Commercial Avenue) until shortly past the McDonalds, then turn Left on Hwy 145.
See directions below from Harrisburg.

Directions from Harrisburg, IL:

In Harrisburg, take Hwy 45 and head South (also called Commercial Avenue). Follow this 4-lane road to the south end of town shortly past the McDonalds. 
Turn left at the light onto Route 145 and head South. The Super WalMart is on this corner.  

Follow Hwy 145 about 18 miles to Eddyville. Watch for sign for Eddyville Road (the same road as Main Street). This is past Pope County Mile Marker #17.  
Turn right onto Main Street at the Hayes Canyon Campground sign.  The Shawnee Mart (Gas & Convenience) is at the opposite corner of this intersection.     
Follow Main Street for 1 mile.  You will pass through the small village of Eddyville.  
Hayes Canyon Campground is on the left side of the road marked with a sign and an American flag.

Directions from the SouthWest (through Sikeston MO via Cairo IL)

Heading East on Hwy 60 in MO you will merge directly onto Interstate 57 near Sikeston. Cross into IL. Take Interstate 57 to Exit #30 for Rt. 146, and head East to Vienna.

You will go through the town of Vienna to the East side of town. Shortly past the McDonalds you will pass under the Interstate 24 overpass.

Immediately after the entrance ramp for Interstate 24, turn left on Route 147 (towards Simpson). The Gambit Golf Resort is on your right side at this corner.
Take Rt 147 for 13 miles to the first and only stop-sign at the T-intersection with Route 145.
Turn Left on Route 145. 
Go 5 miles and watch for the sign for Eddyville Road (the same road as Main Street).
Turn left onto Main Street into the village of Eddyville.  Look for the Hayes Canyon Campground sign at this corner.  The Shawnee Mart (Gas & Convenience) is at the opposite corner of this intersection.     
Follow Main Street for 1 mile.  You will pass through the small village of Eddyville.  
Hayes Canyon Campground is on the left side of the road marked with a sign and an American flag.

 

 

 

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