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Garden of the Gods
Explore the dramatic rock formations, cliffs and trails of the most visited site in the Shawnee National Forest. Millions of years in the making, the Garden of the Gods provides spectacular views unlike anywhere in the Midwest. See Camel Rock, Anvil Rock, Devil's Smoke Stack and other magnificent rock formations in this hiker’s and photographer’s wonderland.
CITY: Karbers Ridge
Tunnel Hill State Trail
This scenic 45-mile-long hiking and biking trail runs along a converted rail bed through farmland, hills/bluffs and bottomland areas.The trail passes through the Shawnee National Forest and Cache River State Natural Area, with railroad trestles and an old train tunnel as picturesque markers along the way.
Timber Ridge Outpost & Cabins
Nestled in the beautiful hills of the Shawnee National Forest, Timber Ridge offers something for everyone, from families and honeymooners to outdoor enthusiasts. Enjoy some Southern hospitality while staying in a real log cabin or one-of-a-kind treehouse. Each of the units, including the treehouse, is equipped with a bathroom, kitchenette, heating and air conditioning.
Visit Superman Square in Metropolis to have your picture taken with the 15-foot-tall statue of the Man of Steel. A statue of Lois Lane is located nearby. Across the street is the Super Museum, showcasing rare Superman memorabilia and selling superhero souvenirs.
Cave-in-Rock State Park
Wander along the Ohio River and step into the large cavern, steeped in history of river pirates. Enjoy the spectacular river views from the lodge perched atop the overhanging bluffs. Cabins, picnic areas, camping and showers available.
CITY: Cave In Rock
The Super Museum houses the mythical caped hero from the big green planet. The museum is filled with a $2.5 billion collection spanning 60 years, honoring the most famous hero of all time.
Southern Illinois Wine Trail
Illinois' newest wine trail connects six wineries dotted throughout the southeast corner of the state. Visitors can enjoy both breathtaking vistas and friendly rural communities, all while sampling excellent red and white wines.
Nestled in the heart of the Shawnee National Forest. Excellent deer and turkey hunting. Only 6 miles to the Ohio River and Golconda Marina, but still tucked away in the forest. Just above Lusk Creek. Come visit our little piece of heaven in the Shawnee.
Curtis House Museum
Built in 1870 by Major Elijah P Curtis after the Civil War. The woodwork and other features of the home are unusual.
Ohio River Scenic Byway
The 188-mile scenic route begins at the Wabash Memorial Bridge in Gallatin County and ends at Fort Defiance Park in historic Cairo. Sights along the way include the Garden of the Gods, Cave-in-Rock, Elizabethtown, the quaint river town of Golconda, and Metropolis, the home of Superman.
Harrah's Metropolis Casino
Located on the picturesque Ohio River, Harrah's offers 1,172 classic and new slots, along with 27 table games. Harrah's Riverfront Event Center presents live shows, including big-name entertainers and professional boxing matches. Harrah's often offers special stay-and-play packages at its 252-room hotel that's located adjacent to the casino.
Americana Hollywood Museum
An amazing tribute to America's most famous Hollywood icons, features life-size figures, wardrobes, costumes, movie props, posters, dolls, statues and celebrity collectibles from around the world. Americana Hollywood is a museum dedicated to Hollywood of yesterday and today. Located 2 blocks from Harrah’s Casino you will find collections from Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Pamela Anderson and Angelina Jolie, just to name a few. Come stroll through the outdoor statues and have your picture taken with the Blues Brothers or on the set of a Western ghost town. There is so much to see and do at this museum!
Cave In Rock State Park Lodge
Lodging nestled in the Shawnee National Forest on Pirates' Bluff, units have a private balcony providing a breathtaking view of the Ohio River. Duplex cabins include a large living area containing two queen size beds, satellite TV and VCR. Bath includes full tub and shower facilities. Within walking distance to the "Cave" of Cave-In-Rock, the Ohio River free ferry to Kentucky Amish Country is nearby. Garden of the Gods, Tower Rock, Rim Rock and all the rest of the natural wonders Southern Illinois has to offer are minutes away. Kaylor's Restaurant is right in our cabin complex, is open seven days a week and also offers an outstanding view of the river. We offer year round lodging for Southern Illinois travelers. We now have two private homes available with full cooking facilities.
CITY: Cave In Rock
A series of six murals are painted on buildings along Ferry Street and Market Street in downtown Metropolis. Each mural reveals a different story and makes our heritage come alive through artistic renderings of local historical events. Interpretive plaques describe the historical significance of each.
Barren Creek Cottages
Located at Bay City, at the Smithland Pool on the Ohio River. Boat launch, hook-ups and floating docks. Completely furnished.
Shawnee Trails End
Come ride the Shawnee National Forest, in Southern Illinois. See the beautiful countryside, the scenic back roads, endless trail, and enjoy all the Shawnee National Forest has to offer. Such as scenic bluffs, spring flowers, wildlife, streams, waterfalls, and awesome rock formations.
Five furnished lodges each with kitchenettes, private bath with amenities. Perfect for travelers, hunters, fishermen and hikers. Affordable family lodging in the heart of the Shawnee Forest. Excellent hunting and fishing on both private and federal land. Children and pets welcome. Centrally located 6 miles north of Elizabethtown and 4 miles south of Karbers Ridge. Owner: Jerry Haney.
34 Ranch Horseman's Campground
34 Ranch offers the largest privately-owned horseman's campground in Southern Illinois. Located in Hardin and Pope Counties in the midst of the beautiful Shawnee National Forest. Open year round. One cabin is primitive without plumbing. The other two have both baths and kitchens. The ranch also has 250 modern campsites and can accommodate RV's. Rents out cabins and one trailer. Owner: Tom Luchies.
Fort Massac State Park
State park and historic site. October's big Fort Massac Encampment and several other living history event weekends scheduled throughout the year bring the past to life for American history buffs. The visitor center offers exhibits, information & a short film.
Gambit Golf Course
This championship par 71 golf course, designed by Richard Osborne, snakes through meadows and woodlands. The Gambit features the area's only indoor practice center, with two state-of-the-art golf simulators and a nine-hole practice green.
Kincaid Mounds Archaeological Site is 4 miles south of Unionville Road on New Cut Road, Brookport, IL. Kincaid Mounds State Historic Site is a nationally significant Native-American archaeological treasure. From about 800 AD to 1500 AD it was the ‘capital' of a chiefdom that stretched from Brookport to Hamletsburg along the Ohio River. Large flat-topped mounds were erected on which the houses and temples of civil and religious elite stood. Today, the mounds still exist and a constructed overlook platform and interpretive panels tell the story of the significant contribution and historical value of this Native.
Lock & Dam 51 Houses-Golconda
Four Historic Lock-keepers houses, recently renovated for overnight rentals overlooking the Ohio River. Period furnishings, fully equipped kitchens, front & back porches, TVs and phones.
Cave-in-Rock State Park Lodge and Cabins
Lodging nestled in the Shawnee National Forest on Pirates' Bluff, units have a private balcony providing a breathtaking view of the Ohio River. Duplex cabins include a large living area containing two queen beds and Sat TV/VCR, Bath has full tub and shower facilities. Within walking distance to the "Cave" of Cave-in-Rock, and the Ohio River free ferry to Kentucky Amish Country is nearby. Kaylor's Restaurant located in the cabin complex, is open seven days a week and offers an outstanding view of the river. Offers year round lodging. Concessionaires: Annie and Marty Kaylor.
San Damiano Retreat Center and Shrine
Covering 200 acres of the bluffs of the Ohio river and surrounded by the Shawnee National Forest, this is a place of beauty, quiet and calmness. Private cottages have all the conveniences, plus dining room, conference center, hiking, fishing and chapel.
Cedar Lake Ranch
Cabin rental near Cedar Lake, horse campground, tack store and outdoor recreation
Bear Branch Lodging
Features 5 cabins and a lodging facility on the highest hilltop in Pope County, overlooking and literally surrounded by the beautiful Shawnee National Forest. Most cabins have private baths, kitchenettes and charcoal grills outside.
Shawnee Home Place
Three bedroom house rental near the Ohio River and the Shawnee National Forest.
Cedar Hill River Resort
One and two bedroom cabins nestled in the Shawnee National Forest along the Ohio River. Each cabin is fully furnished with a private setting and breathtaking view. Whether you are planning a family vacation or a private getaway weekend, Cedar Hill River Resort is the place to experience one of Illinois' best kept secrets.
Paula Switzer Lodging
2 bedrooms with sleeping accomodations for 5, a full size, and 2 twin beds and a rollaway. A stocked kitchen
The Chocolate Factory prides itself in offering quality gourmet chocolates in a wide variety of mouth watering flavor, formulated with only the finest ingredients. Our irresistible silky smooth blended chocolates make delicious rich candies for any occasion!
American Fluorite Museum
The American Fluorite museum is located on the site of the Rosiclare Fluorspar and Mining Co., which was once the largest fluorspar mining company in the U.S. It features photographs, ore specimens, mining paraphernalia and colorful dioramas.
River Rose Inn - Elizabethtown
The River Rose Inn Bed & Breakfast offers luxurious accommodations and gourmet breakfasts served in the formal dining room. Inside the inn you may relax in the formal living room or the cozy parlor on the second floor. The wraparound mosaic tile porch provides the perfect excuse to watch the paddle wheelers and barges meander by or simply delight in the morning and evening breezes under the Magnolia Tree.
Affordable family lodging in the heart of the Shawnee Forest. Furnished lodges include kitchenettes, private baths with amenities. Perfect for travelers, hunters, fishermen, hikers. Excellent hunting and fishing on both private and federal land. Minutes from Garden of the Gods, Rim Rock Trail, Pounds Hollow Lake, High Knob, River to River, Jones Lake/Saline Recreation Area, Cave-In-Rock, Lakes Tucumseh & Whoopie Cat, Iron Furnace, Tower Rock, Stone Face, Ohio River and much more. Children and pets welcome. Centrally located 6 miles North of Elizabethtown and 4 miles South of Karbers Ridge.
Rose Hotel State Historic Site
The Rose Hotel is believed to have been constructed around 1830 by James McFarland, and operated as a tavern and inn serving Ohio River travelers. It is currently run as a bed and breakfast.
River Rose Inn Bed And Breakfast
Elegant Greek Gothic mansion nestled on the historic Ohio River. Four luxurious rooms plus a romantic cottage. Private baths, fireplaces, outdoor swimming pool, and whirlpool tubs for two. Gourmet breakfast included.
Hogg Hollow Winery
View works by local artists and enjoy free wine tasting at this Golconda winery.
Bay City Cabin
Two Bedroom, two bath, equipped kitchen, large deck with screened porch overlooking the Ohio River at the site of the filming of US Marshal. Boat ramp 1/2 mile.
Situated at the base of the Ohio River bluffs, this two-story log structure, built in 1840, has been continuously occupied by generations of one family for 146 years. It was listed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1976.
258 room, 7 story hotel adjoining Harrah's casino and attached event center with meeting space and restaurant
Summers Riverview Mansion
Victorian Bed & Breakfast from 1889. One block from Harrah's Casino. Five Master Suites with whirlpools, 2 with working fireplaces. Full breakfast served.
20-room motel with restaurant, bar and billiard facilities within walking distance.
A-Frame at Cave-in-Rock, The
A-frame cabin located along the Ohio River National Scenic Byway overlooking the Ohio River on Tower Rock Road west of Cave-in-Rock. Managed by Anne and Marty Kaylor, concessionaires at Cave-in-Rock State Park Lodge.
Lost Coyote Camp
One room cabin rental near hunting, fishing, biking and horseback riding areas.
Super City - Quilt City Connection
Quilt show, cooking demonstrations and more at Harrah’s Riverfront Event Center and other locations. 877-424-5025. www.metropolistourism.com. An assortment of exhibits and activities will be held. Quilts by a local guild combine with artist and culinary demonstrations for an event of super measure at the Harrah's Riverfront Event Center in Metropolis.
Country Schemes Bed and Breakfast
Relax in a peaceful country setting, take a nature hike, fish and enjoy friendly country hospitality.
Austin Acres Kamp Outback
Affordable family lodging, cabins, campers and primitive camping. One cabin has kitchenette, covered shelter, air, tv/vcr, wood burning stove, electric and water shower available. One cabin has sleeping for six or more, electric, water, grill and shaded area. We have excellent walking and riding trails, 40 acres. Horses welcome. Lots of shaded areas for tent camping and fishing pond. We are minutes away from Ohio River, Tower Rock Park boat ramp, Elizabethtown boat ramp, good eating places, LakeTucumseh and Woopie Cat, Iron Furnace, Stone Face, Garden of the Gods, Rim Rock, Cave-in-Rock and lots of scenic views. Children and pets welcome.
Plate lunches, seafood, steaks, sandwiches and buffet.
Anderson Cabin - Vienna
Cabin sleeps 4, kitchen, bath. Fishing at front door, remote location, joins Goose Pond on North.
Little Lusk Trail Lodge
6 lodge rooms with full baths, fireplace and big screen TV with satellite dish.
Lake Glendale Beach & Campground
Beautiful beach located on the shore of an 80 acres lake in the heart of the Shawnee National Forest. Beach open Memorial Day-Labor Day, 7 days a week. Concessions available
Fully-furnished kitchen and linens. Sleeps 8.
Apartment with 7 beds and 1½ baths.
Cedar Hill River Resort
One and two bedroom cabins nestled in the Shawnee National Forest along the Ohio River. Each cabin is fully furnished with a private setting and breathtaking view. Whether you are planning a family vacation or a private getaway weekend, Cedar Hill River Resort is the place to experience one of Illinois' best kept secrets. Owners: Mike and Carol Tipsord
Rosiclare River Walk
Located in Rosiclare City Park, the River Walk offers great views of the Ohio River. The walk is handicapped accessible with benches for those who want to rest and enjoy the view.
A longtime favorite among the locals, Farley’s Cafeteria is known for their homemade cafeteria-style selections. Everything is homemade! Just steps away from the Superman statue, you can come through the line and pick from your favorite southern classics, homemade bread, desserts and more.
Connie's at the Gambit
Located at the Gambit Golf Club, this casual restaurant features dishes such as the grilled rib eye with red wine glaze and sautéed flounder with swiss chard. For a group, reserve the large banquet room.
Motel 6 - Metropolis
52 room motel, offering an indoor pool and a continental breakfast
The Limited Inn
Continental breakfast, indoor pool, kids stay free, cable TV. Hotel accepts all major credit cards.
The Shawnee Grill
Casual dining offering salads, sandwiches, steaks, chicken, seafood & pasta for lunch & dinner. We seat 100 people.
Super 8 Motel - Metropolis
Deluxe doubles, kings, suites and jacuzzi suites. Free continental breakfast. Outdoor pool.
Shawnee Homeplace is a two-bedroom brick home with modern comforts in the middle of 450 acres along the Ohio River three miles southwest of Rosiclare. Enjoy the trails, Ohio River frontage, abundant wildlife or the peace and quiet of the porch. Owner: Laura Lamar. Mailing address PO Box 329, Elizabethtown, IL 62931 Opening: April 2009 (1 rental ).
1500 sq. ft. 2 bedroom, 1 bath, full kitchen, large living room. 4 twin beds, 1 king and 1 full bed. 1/2 block off Main St in Golconda. Boat parking available. All are welcome.
Cave in Rock Motel
Reasonably priced sleeping units one mile North of Cave In Rock on Hwy 1. Located at the entrance to the Shawnee National Forest. Seven units near Garden of the Gods, Cave In Rock, free ferry across the Ohio to Kentucky and Amish Country, Rim Rock/Pounds Hollow Lake, Tower Rock and all that Southern Illinois has to offer. Extremely affordable rates.
CITY: Cave In Rock
Metropolis, Home of Superman, holds a celebration the second weekend in June each year celebrating the 'Man of Steel'. A Superman Drama kicks off the weekend of contests, music, food and fun, as well as a comic book & artist show, fan films, street vendors, a carnival, costume contest and a Super Car Show.
Little Lusk Trail Lodge & Campground
Centrally located in the Shawnee National forest, campgrounds have all the hookups; lodge has 6 rooms; beach, fishing, horseback riding at its best; box stalls for horses; hunters welcome; great hiking & mountain biking.
Cave In Rock Motel
Seven units, ac, children 15 and under free.
The Rose Hotel Bed & Breakfast
Built 1812, one of the oldest "hotels" still in existence; listed on the national register of historic places. The stately home with a sweeping verando and gazebo over looks the mighty Ohio River. Gourmet breakfast.
Blue House, The
This charming old house is located in the historic town of Elizabethtown on the Ohio River Scenic Byway, dating back to the late nineteenth century. The country style furnishings throughout the house will make you feel right at home. There are two bedrooms and two baths, plus a large living room and dining room. A full kitchen provides you the opportunity to prepare what you prefer or you can dine at one of the local restaurants. The large yard provides privacy but allows plenty of room for play. You will enjoy the great view of the Ohio River with your morning coffee, or while enjoying a glass of wine in the evening from one of the regions wineries. Owner: Larry Brinker
Dixon Springs State Park
Dixon Springs State Park is one of several state parks in the Illinois Shawnee Hills. Park visitors may enjoy the varied wildlife, take a swim in the outdoor pool or simply soak up the relaxing atmosphere of the moss-covered boulders, craggy overhangs, and rushing brook.
E'Town River Restaurant
Floating restaurant right on the Ohio River, with fresh catfish served daily.
coffee shop restaurant
Harbison's Country Market
Deli sandwiches, burgers, fish on Fridays, groceries and gas. Located on the way to Garden of the Gods. Formerly Shaffer's Country Store.
Pleasant View Lodging
Lodging nestled in the heart of the Shawnee Forest. One furnished cabin (sleeps up to 4) and one furnished modern modular home (sleeps 5-7) that includes all amenities. Perfect for travelers and hunters. Located on private ground that joins government land. Located close to Garden of the Gods, Rim Rock Trail, Pounds Hollow Lake, High Know and other recreational sites.
Family style with seating for 100. In business for over 20 years. Private dining room available for specials occasions. Specialties are catfish and blue gill. Plate lunch daily.
CITY: Cave In Rock
Locally owned motel. Clean, secure, boat hook-ups, ample parking and cable TV.
Baymont Inn & Suites
Located along the Ohio River and walking distance to Harrah's, indoor pool, continental breakfast, in room coffee, free local calls, credit cards accepted and meeting room available.
Family style home cooking, with daily specials.
CITY: Cave In Rock
Austin Acres Kamp Outback
Affordable family lodging, camping cabins, campers and primitive camping. One cabin has kitchenette, covered shelter, air, TV/VCR, wood burning stove, electric and water shower available. One cabin has sleeping for six or more, electric, water, grill and shaded area. We have excellent walking and riding trails on 40 acres. Horses welcome. Lots of shaded areas for tent camping and fishing pond. Pets and children welcome.
Metropolis Inn offers double or single occupancy. Amenities include in-room coffee makers, indoor pool, high-speed internet, cable TV, and hot continental breakfast. Pet Friendly. The Metropolis Inn offers, nightly, weekly and monthly rates. Truck and RV parking is available. Located just off I-24 at Exit 37.
Horseshoe Bend Campground
Located in ridge above creek, over two mile creek bank fishing, natural marina on three mile creek, peaceful, scenic beauty.
Specializing in good home cooking, just north of Cave In Rock on Rt 1.
CITY: Cave In Rock
Lake Glendale Stables
Trail ride in beautiful Southern Illinois. Hourly to full-day rates. Over night pack trips and lunch or dinner outings. Group rates and boarding available. Great horses for all riders, experienced or not. Professional guides, cool wooded trails.
Rose Clare Crafts and Antique Mall
16 vendors in an old storefront.
Bear Branch Log Cabin Restaurant
A rustic, authentic, log cabin restaurant set on the highest hill in Pope County. It is the centerpiece in The Bear Branch Horse Resort, a horse camp with 80 campsites and 6 cabins. Features down-home country cooking including catfish and steaks. The Rustic Log Cabin Restaurant, open Friday through Sunday, offers a quiet setting, great food, and a spectacular view. On regular weekends we open Friday & Saturday at 4 p.m. for dinner, Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. for breakfast. We also offer extended restaurant hours on Holiday weekends. Open all week during May and October (when reservations permit).
America's Best Value Inn
46-room motel across from Fort Massac State Park. Restaurants are within walking distance.
Bay City General Store
Come sit on the front porch where Tommy Lee Jones rocked during the filming of US Marshals. Enjoy a soda and a gooey moon pie and hear the cha-ching of a 1913 cash register.
One of the finest fishing and boating areas in the nation, this marina is the gateway to the Ohio River's Smithland Pool, constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The 619-acre full-service boat marina has more than 200 slips.
Heritage Festival & Duck Race
This festival celebrates the county’s rich heritage and history. The event includes exceptional period entertainment and activities including; 1800’s outdoor play, pageant, quilt show, duck race, area craft and food vendors. Festivities also include a period ball, a Regal Women’s Tea and live entertainment throughout the activities.
Super City Blues & Ques
Friday night is the "anything but" competition, with open entries for entrees, sides, sauces and sweets. Each entry is $25, and monetary prizes up to $75 are awarded in each category. Vendors start selling at lunchtime, and live music starts in the afternoon. The beer garden will open in the late afternoon, and will be located next to the stage. Saturday is the Kansas City BBQ Society competition, with the grand champion winning $1000 plus a 6' trophy. Vendors will be selling all day and bands will start in the afternoon and play until 10:00 PM. Also on Saturday, there will be "touch a tractor" for the kids, and an arts and crafts fair for everyone
Angie's Originals is the place to shop for All-Things-Original, featuring creations by area artists and alpaca items from Massac County and Peru. Originals offers handcrafted items including Pottery, Jewelry, Wood Vessels, Cutting Board and Spoons, Soaps & Lotions and Alpaca Yarns, Scarves, Gloves, Hats & Apparrel. They also have Unique Photography, Paintings, Wooden Ink Pens and More. You just have to stop in and experience it! A unique shop devoted to showcasing the talents of area artists. Open Fridays and Saturdays, and, anytime you see the flag flying!