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Cache River Basin Vineyard and Winery
Located in beautiful southern Illinois just south of the Cache River. We have a very nice restaurant next to the winery called Wineaux’s Restaurant. We also have a cabin on site tucked away at the edge of the woods. Can sleep six, has a hot tub and sauna.
Cache River State Natural Area
Renowned for its ancient cypress-tupelo swamp, this natural area has been named one of America's 10 Most Beautiful Hidden Gems by Budget Travel. This sprawling area contains 100 threatened or endangered plant and animal species, and 11 state champion trees that have stood for centuries. Visitors enjoy birding, hunting, wildlife watching, canoeing and hiking. Bikers can access the Cache River via the Tunnel Hill State Trail.
Scuba dive at this unique spring-fed stone quarry and marvel at underwater treasures such as a submerged airplane (actually used in the movie U.S. Marshals) and a cement petting zoo. Mermet Springs offers on-site instruction and equipment rental.
Located at Cache River Basin Vineyard and Winery, Wineaux's offers American cuisine, including certified Angus Beef steaks and burgers, ribs and seafood. Specializing in food cooked with wine!
U.S. Marshals - Mermet Springs
In this flick, the U.S. Marshal character from The Fugitive is on the hunt for a wanted man after he escapes from a prisoner transport plane during a spectacular crash. This action thriller filmed extensively in Southern Illinois, including along the Ohio River near Metropolis and in rural Vienna. The Boeing 727 used in the crash scene is now submerged in Mermet Springs, a spring-fed quarry where you can scuba dive and actually swim through the plane.
Located at Cache River Basin Winery, the Boondocks Cabin is attractively finished, in a fantastic location tucked up in the woods and is, of course, pet friendly. The cabin has two bedrooms, each complete with a queen size bed with Eurotop for your sleeping comfort, very nice bathroom and a completely furnished kitchen (which includes coffee and tea). Each bedroom has an LED type TV and there is also one in the kitchen. The area is 4G capable, local TV stations only. There is an infrared sauna on the enclosed back deck and a hot tub for your use.
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 American culture.
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.
Mill Springs Cabins
Enjoy a breathtaking view of Hohman Lake from your private back porch, or a relaxing evening in the outdoor spa, there’s a sense of peace at Mill Spring Cabins. The fully furnished cabins are situated along a beautiful 90 acre lake with an ample dock to allow fishing and swimming.
Twin Bluffs B&B
Enjoy your stay in one of our comfortable rooms with your own queen-sized bed to relax in after an active day enjoying the outdoors. Private garden-patio entrance, scenic views and private stocked pond.
Allen Christmas Tree Farm
Choose and cut your own Christmas tree. Handmade wreaths and other seasonal gifts are also available.
Vertical Heartland Climbing School at Draper's Bluff
Vertical Heartland Climbing School offers you an amazing opportunity to see Illinois from new heights. Perfect for rock climbing novices and experienced enthusiasts, Vertical Heartland offers hand-on instruction that’s provided by experienced guides with climbs tailored to suit your needs. Climbing services are available year round, seven days a week. Personal and group outings are scheduled by reservation. Reservations are preferred at least two weeks in advance.
Pinnon Lake Cabin
Tucked away in the beautiful rolling hills of Southern Illinois, the cabin location rests on the highly acclaimed Southern Illinois Wine Trail. Pinnon Lake is five minutes from the edge of Shawnee National Forrest. We are only three miles off Interstate 57 at exit 36. Moments from anywhere yet feels like miles from it all. On any given day you may observe deer in the field, geese landing on the lake, a family of wild turkeys at the edge of the woods. In the spring you may even take a peek at our new baby calves, as the property is a third generation working family farm.
Cedar Sunset Cabin
Two bedroom log cabin offers a private setting with full kitchen and a hot tub to soak in while you enjoy the amazing sunset views. The spectacular views at Cedar Sunset Cabin are just one of the amazing amenities. The cabin provides you with top notch accommodations on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail and on the edge of the Shawnee National Forest. Or you may opt for an evening in by the fireside or a soak in the hot tub.
Located on 140 private acres nestled in ancient bluffs, loaded with wildlife, peace and quiet and everything at your fingertips! We provide everything you and your guests need for a wonderful getaway! The kitchen is fully equipped with all manner of cooking needs, along with a backyard BBQ, all you need is your provisions to whip up a meal to be enjoyed in this wonderful home! The great room has floor to ceiling windows to take in the breathtaking views that span for 40 + miles to Kentucky! It features a flat screen tv and blue ray dvd player along with a cozy gas fireplace for your enjoyment...Also located on the main floor is a laundry room and half bath. Upstairs you will find a log style King Bed Master Suite. There is a walk in closet and a 4 piece Master Bath that rivals any Spa. The walk in shower has body sprays and the jacuzzi tub has a multitude of jets to enjoy while gazing out the window in the tree line! There is a private balcony off the bedroom to take in the views of the bluffs. Downstairs, the walkout basement offers another living area complete with a flat screen tv/dvd player. There is another full bathroom and two more bedrooms, one with a King bed and flat screen tv/dvd player and another full size bedroom. The patio off the living room provides ample shade in the Summer and again you have spectacular long range views of the area! Outback you can relax on the deck while BBQ'ing or watching the kids on the playset. There is ample parking for you and your guests. Rock Ridge also offers guided repelling and climbing, there is a fully stocked pond, and plenty of room to roam around and explore the property!
Egyptian Hills Marina Lodging
Egyptian Hills Resort is your passport to the Ultimate outdoor family vacation. Whether you are into waterskiing, wakeboarding, tubing, sport fishing, or pleasure boating; the Lake of Egypt is a boater’s paradise. All within a stone’s throw of your cabin. Our cabins and chalets sit next to soothing, running streams and waterfalls – with breathtaking lake front views. Each cabin/chalet features a full kitchen, living room, large deck, full bedroom, 2 loft bedrooms and full bath.
Moon Dog Farm & Vineyard
This farm offers fine Illinois wine-making grapes, organic vegetables and a small selection of fruits.
Egyptian Hills Campground & Marina
Eastern side of Lake of Egypt. Facility offers full service, boat rentals, restaurants, bait, tackle, guide service, launching and RV rentals.
Kay's Sugar Creek Cafe
Family dining, carry out or dine in. Delicious home cooked meals. Pies and cakes are made from scratch. Friday and Saturdays all you can eat fish fry.
Offers private lessons on gaited horses, indoor and outdoor facilities, lessons for all ages and skill levels and lesson packages available. Beginners, refreshers, pleasure or show. Home of several world champion walking horses. Call for reservations.
Bella Terra Winery
Bella Terra Winery is nestled in the beautiful surroundings of Johnson County, Illinois. With a scenic view of ponds, trees, and our vineyard we provide the perfect setting for sipping wines or celebrating special occasions. Bella Terra Winery was not created just for wine connoisseurs, we offer food and activities for the whole family. You can play bocce ball, throw a game of washers, watch your favorite team on T.V., or just relax under a tree and enjoy the breeze.The manicured grounds of Bella T Winery combined with beautiful shade trees create a striking backdrop for any occasion.
Ralls Grove Hunting Club
Duck and goose hunting, 1 blind, waterfront, decoys available. Lunch provided.
Egyptian Hills Resort
Egyptian Hills Resort is your passport to the Ultimate outdoor family vacation. Whether you are into waterskiing, wakeboarding, tubing, sport fishing, or pleasure boating; the Lake of Egypt is a boater’s paradise. All within a stone’s throw of your cabin. Within minutes of your cabin, your family can enjoy guided expeditions such as; horseback riding, rock climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, geo-caching, wildlife photography and many other outdoor activities. Whether planning a single activity or multiple activities for your group, we at Egyptian Hills are your personal concierge in planning your ultimate outdoor family vacation. Whether onsite or through one of our partner guides, all activities are tailored for all ages and experience levels.
Cache River Wetlands Center
The Wetlands Center provides a one-stop shop for information about the Cache River Wetlands and its recreational and educational opportunities. The center has an extensive natural and cultural history exhibit, wildlife viewing, trails and a video.
Bald Eagle Watching in the Cache River Wetlands
The Cache River Wetlands offers great opportunities for eagle watching, as well as spotting other birds. The Cache River Wetland Center provides resource and identification materials to help you spot eagles and other birds in the area and along the rivers. They will provide maps and directions to the viewing station for the nest just off Illinois Route 37 off Perks road and south of the visitor's center.
Little Lusk Trail Lodge
6 lodge rooms with full baths, fireplace and big screen TV with satellite dish.
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.
Bear Branch Log Cabin Restaurant
Bear Branch Log Cabin Restaurant is 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. It 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 the restaurant is open Friday & Saturday at 4 p.m. for dinner, Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. for breakfast. Extended restaurant hours are also offered on Holiday weekends. Open all week during May and October (when reservations permit).
Hayes Canyon Campground and Cabins
We specialize in catering to campers with horses who want to enjoy trail riding on the many scenic trails in the Shawnee National Forest. Other campers, backpackers, hikers, bikers, and hunters are always welcome.
The Historic Rose Hotel
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
E'Town River Restaurant
Floating restaurant right on the Ohio River, with fresh catfish served daily.
Hardin County Heritage Festival
The Hardin County Heritage Festival and Duck Race on the Ohio river celebrates the county’s rich heritage and history. The event includes exceptional period entertainment and activities to fill your weekend, including; 1800’s outdoor play, Civil War reenactment, 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. Events are held in Elizabethtown (Saturday) and at the Hardin County K-12 School located East of Elizabethtown on 146. (Friday night pageant)
Rim Rock's Dogwood Cabins
A nature lover's dream, Rim Rock offers cabins with all the amenities in the heart of the Shawnee National Forest, adjacent to the popular Rim Rock Recreational Trail and Garden of the Gods. Rim Rock's is within short driving distance of all Southern Illinois has to offer, and features its own private hiking trail on its 77-acre site.
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.
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 tree house. Each of the units, including the tree house, is equipped with a bathroom, kitchenette, heating and air conditioning. Physical Location: Karbers Ridge, IL 62955 GPS: 37°33’52.18?N 88°20’17.03?W
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Paula Switzer Lodging
2 bedrooms with sleeping accomodations for 5, a full size, and 2 twin beds and a rollaway. A stocked kitchen
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.
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.
Apartment with 7 beds and 1½ baths.
Barren Creek Cottages
Located at Bay City, at the Smithland Pool on the Ohio River. Boat launch, hook-ups and floating docks. Completely furnished.
Locally owned motel. Clean, secure, boat hook-ups, ample parking and cable TV.
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.
Hogg Hollow Winery
View works by local artists and enjoy free wine tasting at this Golconda winery.
coffee shop restaurant
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.
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.
Lake Glendale Stables & Lodge
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. Rustic Loft Lodging available
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.
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!
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.
War Bluff Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Nestled in the uplands of the Shawnee National Forest, supports mature oak-hickory woods, river bottom forests, young forests and old field habitats. More than 530 types of plants, including a rich variety of wildflowers and 20 types of ferns. 10 walking paths give access to the area.
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.
This is a shrimp cook-off with fresh Southern Illinois shrimp cooked more ways than you can imagine! Locally grown prawns will be available for purchase. Helicopter, & carriage rides, music & entertainment, beer & wine tent and lots more.
Fall Festival - Golconda
Celebrate the fall season with a farmers market, arts and craft vendors and local musical entertainment.
Riverview Mansion Hotel
The Riverview Mansion Hotel of Golconda is a full service Bed & Breakfast. In addition to the finest Victorian style accommodations available in Southern Illinois, there is also a lounge serving the best selection of local wines, as well as a restaurant. The hotel is open year round with advance reservations encouraged. All major credit cards accepted. The enchanted hotel setting with its expansive grounds and facilities is the perfect venue in which to enjoy the huge variety of hand-crafted, award winning wines from not only Illinois, but also the best from Indiana, Missouri and Kentucky micro-vineyards. Harvest season will be a unique time at the mansion with Oktoberfest festivals. This will be the opportunity to share the seasons best wines complimented with tantalizing artisan meats and cheeses. Festival weekends will provide just the incentive to bring in the best in local and regional musical talent. Indoor and outdoor entertainment! Our wine shop exhibits a wide array of gifts and specialty items.
Fresh salads, incredible cat fish, crispy chicken sandwiches, and the appetizers can be a meal alone with hand made sauces and dips. Stuffed mushrooms are very popular. Friday and Saturday specials are posted out on a rustic board along the street, and range from prime rib to a local favorite, the fully loaded nachos. The name Diver Down is in recognition of the owner, who is a diver that can help out if anyone at the local marina has a spun prop, or other problem on the Ohio River. Diver Down is a full service bar, waitresses are all local characters that keep things flowing smoothly.
TK Ranch Campground
Located in the heart of a large trail system called The One Horse Gap Area. Surrounded by mile after mile of the magnificent Shawnee National Forest with new and improved trails that are well marked. We border Shawnee National Forest on all four sides; ride right out of camp into the forest. Whether you enjoy horseback riding, hiking, fishing, hunting or just relaxing, come make your own memories at TK Ranch, LLC.
Lusk Creek BBQ Festival
Participate in the BBQ cook off to win awards, or just sample some great BBQ. Enjoy live music with a beer tent and various vendors.
Ferne Clyffe State Park
The lush vegetation of the 2,430-acre Ferne Clyffe State Park, located near the small town of Goreville, hides the fact that directly below the soil, a vast area of rock formations exists. The two main areas for rock climbing include Big Rocky Hollow and the Cedar Bluff areas. Cedar Bluff offers both traditional and sport climbing, including several short, but difficult, routes in the class 12 to 13 range that appeal to experienced climbers. Other routes include top-rope access and solid anchors that appeal to new climbers.
The Old Home Place Restaurant
Famous for generous portions and smoked items such as ribs, ham, and pulled pork. Other specialties include fried fish, mouth-watering steaks, fried chicken on Sundays, and excellent value with our daily specials! Looking for healthy alternatives? Try fresh salads, lemon pepper tilapia, or marinated, grilled chicken strips. The children's menu provides several options for children ages 12 and under. Be sure to try one of our unique appetizers, such as Barbeque Nachos, Fried Green Beans, or Fried Pickles.
Cedar Rock Cabins
Fully furnished cabins in the Shawnee National Forest. Wooded paths wind up and down the hills past rock formations. Enjoy the screened in porch at dusk and view area wildlife. Relax in the hot tub under the stars.
4th of July Celebration events includes: Freedom Run a 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run; a gospel show; a parade; free concert at the City Park and much more. Capping off the Freedom Fest is one of the largest fireworks display in Southern Illinois.
Ohio River Recreational Area
RV campground with bathhouse, boat ramp and country store. Restaurant and lodge also on site.
Grand Chain Lodge & Campground
The lodge offers four spacious suites, each furnished with two queen-sized beds, a Jacuzzi bath tub, and access to the Observation Deck with a spectacular view of the Ohio River. If you want even more privacy or have a larger group. you can stay in one of our two fully equipped cabins that also offer Jacuzzi tubs, private decks overlooking the river as well as full kitchens and a loft bedroom. Each cabin sleeps six and offers, not only a beautiful panorama of the Ohio, but close up observation of an area teaming with wildlife.
Economy Inn & Suites
Well established, friendly hometown motel. Queen beds, specials, kids free under 12, free coffee and tourism information. Close to Shawnee National Forest and Garden of Gods Recreation Area.
Super 8 - Harrisburg
Hot tub- suites available free continental breakfast- non smoking & handicapped rooms available.
Saline Creek Pioneer Village
This fascinating pioneer village includes the original Saline County Pauper Farm (now a three-story museum), an old jail, an 1859 one-room schoolhouse, the Cain Church, several 1800s log cabins, a barn and country store.
Mackie's Pizza of Harrisburg
The best place in Harrisburg for homemade pizza from the crust, thick or thin, to the homemade sauce and toppings. Also, great stromboli, 5 kinds of salads, and cheese bread stix.
China Buffet Harrisburg
Delicious Chinese Food Buffet to take out or eat in. Lunch and Dinner and Saturday and Sunday it's all day Buffet.
Tequilas Mexican Restaurant Harrisburg
Authentic Mexican food; the best in Saline County.
The Bar B Q Barn
One of Harrisburg's most popular home cooking restaurants, the speciality is fresh pit style BBQ sandwiches. Open Monday through Saturday for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Stop in before hiking in the Garden of the Gods.
Strictly Outdoors Outfitters
This 12,000 Sq. Ft. store, just minutes from the Shawnee National Forest, has it all for the outdoorsman; fishing, camping, hunting & hiking equipment, boots, canoes, shoes, and even information on places to go and things to do in So. Illinois.
The Book Emporium
17,000 sq. feet of books! Over 1000 cookbooks; classics, novels, religious & childrens section, collectible paper back romances, westerns, local and war books. Bring in your re-read books for trade; will special order on any book still in publication.
Shawnee Hills Country Club
This fun, challenging course includes nine, 36 par holes, and is open spring, summer and fall. The club offers a full pro shop and snack bar.
Shawnee National Forest
The Shawnee National Forest is famed for its awesome Garden of the Gods, and is home to the Rim Rock Recreational Trail (the forest has a system of 403 miles of equestrian/hiking trails). Hikers are greeted by magnificent jutting walls of rock covered with emerald-green moss, and paths that meander through canyons under the forest canopy. Nestled between the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, the stunning Shawnee National Forest landscape features rolling hills, lakes, creeks and rugged bluffs. If you’re into climbing than a must-see is Jackson Falls, located near the town of Ozark in the Hidden Springs Ranger District in Shawnee National Forest. The climb takes place on 60 feet of sandstone cliffs and boulders that include numerous freestanding towers.
Located in three historic structures covering 2/3rds of the city block, two blocks west of the public square on Route 13.
Mitchellsville Country Store
Hot food, sodas, snacks, fresh baked Mennonite breads and desserts along with groceries and gasoline. Owners: Jim and Melissa Kuhlmann and David and Debbie Fox.
Williams Hill Pass
The bunkhouse cabins accommodate four people. Each cabin includes heat, air-conditioning, electricity, table and chairs, a full bed bunk bed and linens. Picnic tables and fire rings are provided outside the cabins for meal preparation. Showers and bathrooms are located in the air conditioned shower house at the Welcome Center. Williams Hill Pass is a family-oriented OHV park located between Mitchellville and Rudement just off Illinois Route 34 in southern Saline County on the north slope of Williams Hill, the highest point in Southern Illinois.
Modern motel, built in 2000, with king and queen beds, indoor pool, continental breakfast, tourism information and more. Only minutes from Garden of the Gods Rec. Area and Shawnee Nat'l Forest.
How the West Was Won - Shawnee National Forest
An all-star cast is featured in this frontier drama about the western expansion of the United States in the early 1800s, as seen through the eyes of two pioneer families. Parts of the movie were filmed in Southern Illinois' Shawnee National Forest and Cave-in-Rock State Park, named for its limestone cave that once harbored real river pirates.
Little Grand Canyon Trail
The Little Grand Canyon trail is located within the Shawnee National Forest. Experience the easy 3.6 miles of beauty it offers as you ride your bike or hike these fun trails that meander past lush wooded canyons, riverside bluffs, songbirds, woodpeckers and deer; while hawks and vultures soar high above the cliffs. Explore towering rock walls, eroded sandstone canyons, craggy bluffs and moist bottom lands, too.
Located near the town of Ozark in the Shawnee National Forest, Jackson Falls offers arguably the best rock climbing in southern Illinois. There are roughly 60 climbing areas along the sandstone bluffs and freestanding boulders, each with multiple named routes on them. There are over 500 named routes in all. Most of the routes are 50-60 feet in height. The whole area sits in a very scenic glen. Most of the routes at Jackson Falls are sport routes, though there are a number of traditional routes, and a few areas suitable for setting up a top-rope. There are also many excellent bouldering opportunities here.
Lusk Creek Canyon
Lusk Creek Canyon is the most well known whitewater run in Southern Illinois. The creek starts out in woodland bottoms with relatively minor gradient but soon is surrounded by rocky hillsides and cliffs. These cliffs rise out of the water to heights over one hundred feet. After the canyon section, the cliffs recede and the creek is surrounded by forest for the final mile. Rapids on this creek are at low to moderate levels and are mostly Class II in nature. However, this is not a good beginner run. This creek flows through forests before entering the canyon.
Wing A Ma Jig
Entertainment for the festival includes live music, wing eating contest, chicken wing cook-off in both hot and mild categories, kids play area with Inflatables, beer tent, and a wide array of chicken wings to be sampled as well as other food and craft vendors. Admission is just $5 a vehicle to attend!
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.
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.
Located within the Shawnee National Forest in beautiful Hardin County Illinois, just minutes away from Garden of the Gods and Cave In Rock. The cabin offers 1 queen Bedroom with a Kitchen/living area, full bath and a great room with a king, full and a twin bed.