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Shawnee Forest Cabins
Beautiful 1 and 2 bedroom Rental Cabins in the Shawnee National Forest. Closest Cabins to the famous Garden of the Gods and Pounds Hollow Lake.
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.
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.
Ralls Grove Hunting Club
Duck and goose hunting, 1 blind, waterfront, decoys available. Lunch provided.
Celebrate the fall season with a farmers market, arts and craft vendors and local musical entertainment.
Rudy's is a full menu family restaurant since 1932, started by Rudy "King of Hobos." Seating for 70 and available for groups. Specialty house barbeque sauces for sale.
coffee shop restaurant
Rose Clare Crafts and Antique Mall
16 vendors in an old storefront.
6 cottage-style rooms, rv hook-ups, truck parking, kennel nearby
Family style home cooking, with daily specials.
CITY:Cave In Rock
Locally owned motel. Clean, secure, boat hook-ups, ample parking and cable TV.
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
The Red Onion
Two-inch pork chops prime rib, steak, and catfish dinners. Also sandwiches.
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.
Specializing in good home cooking, just north of Cave In Rock on Rt 1.
CITY:Cave In Rock
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.
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 Antique Gallery
Shop in 5500 sq. feet of quality antiques, including furniture, glassware, china, primitives, 50+ quilts, jewelry, lamps, cookie jars, depression glass, old books and much more.
Shawnee Chief Motel
This mom and pop motel has been family owned since 1958 and offers the traveler relaxing accommodations close to the scenic Ohio River and the Shawnee National Forest. Nineteen units plus six efficiency are 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.
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.
E'Town River Restaurant
Floating restaurant right on the Ohio River, with fresh catfish served daily.
Horseshoe Bend Campground
Located in ridge above creek, over two mile creek bank fishing, natural marina on three mile creek, peaceful, scenic beauty.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Apartment with 7 beds and 1½ baths.
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.
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.
Renaissance House: A Working Art Gallery
The gallery offers classes in art, as well as original art and gifts for sale. Exhibits and events in the performing arts are scheduled throughout the year.
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.
Saline County Golf & Country Club
This beautiful Southern Illinois course features 18 par 70 holes, and is open year round. The club also features a full pro shop and snack bar, plus golf club rental.
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.
Saline County Conservation Area
Long before the first settlers appeared, the Indians made salt from their "Great Salt Springs." This site encompasses nearly 1,250 acres of bottomland and heavily timbered hills.
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.
Jimmy Dean's Marketplace
One of the unique places to visit while in Eldorado, Jimmy Dean's is easily located on US Hwy 45, and offers a variety of antiques, collectibles, glassware, primitives, jewelry and that special something.
The Thomas House Bed & Breakfast
Country setting with a view of Shawnee National Forest. Guests have access to the whole house. Children welcome. Basement games, outdoor enjoyment, full breakfast on sun porch, common room with fireplace, pool table, and private jogging road.
Little Lusk Trail Lodge
6 lodge rooms with full baths, fireplace and big screen TV with satellite dish.
Flint Hill Vineyard
Flint Hill Vineyards began growing grapes in the Mid 1990's with the efforts of brothers-in-law, Louis Bertino and John Molinarolo. Louis had a vineyard of Concord and Niagara at his home site some years earlier. After courses in the development of a vineyard, two acres of vines were planted from cuttings acquired from an established Southern Illinois vineyard. The varieties planted were Chambourcin and Vignoles, French hybrids proven to fare well in our climate and produce fruit that vinted into excellent wine. In the late 1990's another two acres of vines were planted adding the Seyval Blanc variety, a proven and hardy producer.
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.
Tour one of the oldest brick buildings in Illinois, now a two-story museum with pioneer furnishings, documents and historic memorabilia. A Lewis & Clark historical marker is also located in Shawneetown.
John Marshall House Museum
The third oldest brick building in Illinois and the first bank before Illinois was a state. This 2-story museum, only steps away from the Ohio River, displays pioneer furnishings, documents, photos and historic memorabilia.
Windy Hill Vineyard & Winery
This family-owned vineyard harvests three acres of grapes each fall. The varieties include Vignoles, Chambourcin, Catawba, Concord, Niagara and Cayuga. Windy Hill is located on the Southern Illinois Wine Trail.
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 ).
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.
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
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.
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.
Fully-furnished kitchen and linens. Sleeps 8.
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.
The Porch Basket
A unique one of a kind shop in downtown Eldorado, the Porch Basket offers a large line of hand woven baskets, country decor items, and a large line of basket weaving supplies. Call about basket weaving lessons.
Hogg Hollow Winery
View works by local artists and enjoy free wine tasting at this Golconda winery.
The Corn Crib
Offers locally grown strawberries, Mirai sweet corn, potatoes, cabbage, cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, green beans, turnips, melons and zucchini. Open mid June to mid October, Monday through Friday 9am to 6pm and Saturday 9am to 3pm. Closed on Sundays.
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.
Located in three historic structures covering 2/3rds of the city block, two blocks west of the public square on Route 13.
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.
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.
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.
The Rock Inn 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, Rim Rock/Pounds Hollow Lake, Tower Rock and all that Southern Illinois has to offer. Extremely affordable rates.
CITY:Cave In Rock
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.
Super 8 - Harrisburg
Hot tub- suites available free continental breakfast- non smoking & handicapped rooms available.
Paula Switzer Lodging
2 bedrooms with sleeping accomodations for 5, a full size, and 2 twin beds and a rollaway. A stocked kitchen
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.
Moon Dog Farm & Vineyard
This farm offers fine Illinois wine-making grapes, organic vegetables and a small selection of fruits.
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.
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.
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.
Lost Coyote Camp
One room cabin rental near hunting, fishing, biking and horseback riding areas.
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.
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.
Barren Creek Cottages
Located at Bay City, at the Smithland Pool on the Ohio River. Boat launch, hook-ups and floating docks. Completely furnished.
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.
Hardin County Fluorspar Festival celebrates the influences brought to the area by the Fluorspar Mining Companies. Located on the banks of the Ohio River. Rosiclare (once known as the “Fluorspar Capital”), has a colorful history that revolved around this mineral. Each year, the Festival highlights and brings back memories of days gone by. Held on the first weekend in October in Downtown Rosiclare, the Festival features an ever-growing list of activities and things to do, including a Queen’s Pageant, a carnival, hickory-smoked barbeque, a pet parade, kid’s games, karoke, food and craft vendors, a quilt show, an open-house at the American Fluorite Museum, a car, truck and motorcycle show and a large parade featuring local school bands, groups, floats, a Grand Marshall and horse clubs. Local musical talent will also be on hand and the finale is held Saturday evening at the City Park on the Ohio River.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A-Frame Cabin at Cave-in-Rock
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.
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.
Cave-In-Rock Frontier Day
Cave-In-Rock Frontier Festival is held on the banks of the beautiful Ohio River. The festival, which commemorates the extensive and colorful history connected to Cave-In-Rock and the surrounding community, is an entertaining and fun filled community event. First held in the 1960’s, the celebration includes a parade, carnival, various entertainment held in the Old Opry House, food and craft vendors. A Little Miss and Mister Frontier Days and Frontier Queen pageant is a highlight as well as various other activities. Come join the festivities for a weekend of fun and entertainment.
CITY:Cave In Rock
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.
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
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.
Pope County Deer Festival
The Pope County Deer Festival is a local tradition, held during the 1st shotgun deer season in Golconda, the 'Deer Capital' of Illinois. Held Thursday thru Saturday featuring vendors, food & music. A Deer Queen coronation on Friday night, a parade on Saturday at 2pm. On Sunday morning, a community breakfast and town sweep are held.
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.
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.
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.