Little Lusk Trail Lodge & Campground

Little Lusk Trail Lodge & Campground

About Us

Meet Little Lusk new owners, Jamie & Deborah Poe


Hello! We are so excited to share our beautiful & spacious campground!!  We purchased Little Lusk in early Spring 2019.  Our previous home was Benton, KY in Marshall County.  We live on-site and are ready to be your host to both you and your horses!

We have 6 Lodge rooms, 29 Campsites (Elec & Water, & 7 with Sewer also),  52 annual sites, Free highlines behind campsites, 29 covered box Stalls, unlimited primitive camping area, bathhouse, coin laundry, and a beautiful Event Barn.  We offer shavings, hay, firewood & ice. 

We have an excellent Farrier on site also who happens to be our son, Austin Poe. 

Our 85 acres border the beautiful Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois.  

Little Lusk has 3 trailheads that lead to beautiful trails in the Shawnee National Forest, Lusk Creek Wilderness area, & Bay Creek Wilderness area.  

We offer several beautiful lakes for fishing in our Campground & we are pet friendly.  

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Event Barn

A wedding held in the Event Barn

The Event Barn may be rented for your special events,  weddings, or party! Give us a call to discuss details!

Farrier Service


See Austin Poe for all your farrier needs! Give him a call or drop in! 



There are miles of trails surrounding our Campground.  Maps are provided upon request.  There are 2 trailheads SouthEast of camp and trails also available West of camp. 



Little Lusk has been described by many of our visitors as the most beautiful and spacious Campground in the Shawnee!  

   Please call to reserve your campsite. Bring your horses, or just come camp and enjoy our camp and surrounding area.   Our sites have electric & water & 7 sites also have sewer.  Sewer dump is available for use.  All campsites (except 2) have high lines behind campsites, no need to hang your own, cable is provided.

  Covered stalls may also be rented.  

There is a bathhouse available,  and also bath & showers available at the Lodge.  Coin laundry at Lodge.



The Lodge has many amenities.  There are 6 Lodge rooms.  Each have a full bath, & small refrigerator.  Linen & Towel service included.  See photos in the Photo Gallery section.   

  There is a large gathering area with a big screen TV, kitchen and dining area.  There is a large rear covered porch to enjoy with seating and tables.  The campground Office is also located in the Lodge.  The front porch is often used for fellowship, Cowboy Church, and loafing.  Many new friends have been made here!   Coin Laundry also located in the Lodge.  Many hunters also enjoy the lodge rooms! 

Rates / Reservations


* Lodge Rooms are $65/night for 2.   Additional people is $10 each.  

* Campsites are $30.\night.  All 27 sites have Electric/Water & 7 sites on Happy Trails Lane have sewer also.  Campsites include High Lines ready for your horses! 

* Stalls are $7/night.  We have 29 stalls, all are covered box stalls. 

* Primitive Camping is $5./night/person, ($3./night for children under 12)

Prices subject to change on holidays and special events

Contact Us

Little Lusk Trail Lodge & Campground

50 Barger Rd, Stonefort, IL


Local Activities


The Shawnee National Forest is a popular destination for Hiking and exploring! Visit Burden Falls only a couple of miles away by vehicle. The tallest falls in Illinois. Bell Smith Springs is a very popular area and great hike.  Only minutes away and has swimming holes(primitive). Indian Kitchen is a few miles away and makes a great hike.  Garden of the Gods is about a 25 minute drive.  Or hike directly onto trails leaving Little Lusk! 

Dining / Shopping

Only 3 miles south is a cafe in Eddyville.  12 miles north to Harrisburg has endless dining.  Harrisburg also has farm stores.  


Dixon Springs State Park has a beautiful pool and awesome slide.  15 minutes south.  Also, Lake Glendale  14 minutes South, has a dock and beach for swimming.  For primitive swimming, try Bell Smith Springs,  only minutes away.  Large rock formations to jump from.  

Hunting / Fishing

Great fishing right in the campground!  Nearby hunting is excellent! Stay with us in our Lodge or campground and enjoy the awesome Shawnee Forest!