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Tunnel Hill State Trail
Rolling agricultural fields, reclaimed strip mines, ravines, rocky streams and wooded bluffs dominate the northern half of the Tunnel Hill State Trail. With 47.8 miles (one-way) of crushed gravel surface, extended inclines and dark tunnels, this trail is a difficult one, but one not to pass up, as long as you’re up for the challenge. The southern half of the trail explodes with scenery that includes bottomland woods, ponds, streams and marshes. The trail, which winds through seven towns, even touches upon a handful of ghost towns that faded into the landscape after the trains here stopped running.
Rustic Hideaway Cabins
Private log cabins in a wooded setting. Hot tub on covered back deck. Full kitchen including dishes. TV/VCR. Linens and paper products supplied. Fireplace. Loft.
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.
Big Creek Cabins
Big Creek Cabins is the perfect place for a romantic weekend or quick getaway from the busy rush of daily life. The moment you check-in to our fully furnished luxury log cabin, you can’t help but to slow down and relax. Unwind and get chin deep in the hot tub on the large cover decks overlooking a private pond all situated on 20 very secluded acres. Perhaps enjoy a game a pool on the executive pool table by the fireplace with family or good friends. There are many reasons why Big Creek Cabins is quickly becoming the most popular cabin retreat in Southern Illinois, but we want to personally invite you to a place where memories are made and experience them first hand.
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.
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.
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.
Trail of Tears Lodge
A remote lodge surrounded by the Shawnee National Forest. An abundance of outdoor recreation: horseback riding, hiking, hunting, fishing, shooting range, archery range, dirt bike & ATV trails. Outdoor pool, game room, hot tub and pets accepted.
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.
Doc's Lakeside Cabin
If you’re looking to get away from it all, you’ve come to the right place. At Doc's Lakeside Cabin we’ll give you the most spectacular view in Southern Illinois. Doc's Lakeside Cabin was built in 2012 and is located in beautiful Southern Illinois. Accommodations include: 2 bedrooms with queen size bed in each room, 1 Full Bath with Shower, Fully furnished kitchen, Living/Great Room, Spacious Hot Tub, ?and, Screened Balcony. Guest are welcome to enjoy a leisure time of fishing in our lake.
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.
Harrah's Metropolis Casino
Located on the picturesque Ohio River, Harrah's Casino is conveniently located adjacent to the hotel’s main lobby, the modern design, single-level casino floor features new slots, table games and a World Series of Poker room. The Casino offers a lounge, three new bars and a live entertainment stage on the property.. Harrah's often offers special stay-and-play packages at its 252-room hotel that's located adjacent to the casino.
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.
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!
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.
A log cabin with hot tub and gas log fireplace. Enjoy adelicious breakfast in a quiet country setting. You have to see it to believe it!
Fort Massac Encampment
This annual reenactment of late-1700s Illinois life on the frontier prairie features blanket traders, merchants, military units, fife and drum corps, and period-style food from more than 20 vendors. The encampment offers military drills, mock battles, along with story telling and children's activities.
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.
Trail of Tears State Forest
Set among the rugged slopes of the Ozark Hills in Southern Illinois, this site offers picnic shelters with roadside fireplaces throughout the forest. Features a network of trails for hiking and horseback riding enthusiasts.
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.
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.
Hidden Lake Guest House
Nestled amongst 12 acres of woods, gardens and water, finely appointed guest rooms and suites welcome you to first class treatment and quiet country elegance. Fireplaces, jacuzzis, private balconies and private baths are just a few of the amenities.
Located at Lincoln Memorial Park, visitors can "Walk Where Lincoln Walked" by following the presidents footsteps from Jonesboro Square to the park.
Ohio River Scenic Byway
Running parallel to the Ohio River, this scenic route rolls through Southern Illinois' Ohio River Valley, offering stunning views of the lush Shawnee National Forest, dotted by quaint river towns chock-full of Civil War history.
Lincoln Memorial Park
Site of one of the historic Lincoln-Douglas Debates, this park features picnic shelters, walking paths and hiking trails.
Fort Defiance Park
Fort Defiance, known as Camp Defiance during the American Civil War, is a former military fortification, located at the awesome confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. The site offers visitors the chance to view the confluence from the old observation tower.
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.
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.
Anderson Cabin - Vienna
Cabin sleeps 4, kitchen, bath. Fishing at front door, remote location, joins Goose Pond on North.
Davie School Inn
This 1910 schoolhouse features spacious suites with nine-foot-tall windows overlooking Anna Park. Each guest room contains an original chalkboard and bookcase from the old school days. Located near Carbondale, the Davie School Inn makes a great base for exploring the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail and Giant City State Park.
Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge
Visit Illinois’ bayou. Yes, the bayou in Illinois. Cypress Creek Wildlife Refuge is home to incredible cypress-filled swamps and wetlands and is unlike anything you expect to find in the Midwest. The refuge protects 15,000 acres of lush wetlands and some of the oldest living trees east of the Mississippi River.
Illinois Iron Furnace
Step back to Civil War days when "pig iron" was smelted at this, the first coal-fired iron furnace in Illinois, now on the National Register of Historic Places. Restored structure is in a beautiful park with fishing, hiking, and picnicking available.
Lofty Acres Bed & Breakfast
Master bedroom/bath on main floor, queen bed, whirlpool tub. 2 rooms/baths upstairs. Fireplace.
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.
Cedar Ridge Whitetails, LLC
Trophy whitetail hunts in scenic Southernmost IL. Hunts are offered September 15th through December. The farm consists of mature timber, pine and cedar thickets, thick draws and open area food plots. All hunts are with an experienced guide.
Timber Ridge Inn
A rustic retreat featuring 3 bedrooms (sleeps 6), 2 bathrooms, a kitchen with microwave and refrigerator, and a fireplace, on 80 wooded acres.
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.
Campground Cumberland Church
Presbyterian church in continuous operation since 1850 and the site of a winter encampment during the Trail of Tears. Only site certified by state of Illinois and Cherokee Nation.
This 20-year-old herb and perennial plant nursery offers more than 200 varieties of common and uncommon plants. Sip a glass of lemonade as you view the gardens, feed the catfish in the pond and shop for garden items.
Cedar Lake Ranch
Cabin rental near Cedar Lake, horse campground, tack store and outdoor recreation
Lincoln Motel - Jonesboro
20-room roadside motel.
Come relax with us a while and enjoy the lovely Southern Illinois down-home atmosphere. Make yourself comfortable in our tasting room or have a seat outside on our country porch. Open 7 days a week for locally made wine.
Eagle Watching - Union County Refuge
The Union County Refuge in Union offers a popular spot for bald eagle watching. Visitors can view bald eagles and take wildlife photography off the main road, which runs down the middle of the wildlife refuge. Park rangers will be available weekdays to answer questions about the eagles and other wildlife spotted in the refuge. Admission is free. For more information on eagle watching, contact the Union County Refuge (618-833-5175).
Horseshoe Lake Hiking/Biking Trail
A 5.5 mile trail that takes in the beauty of Horseshoe Lake. Bike rental is available at Melton's on East Side Dr. 618-776-5504. Horseshoe Lake is just east of IL Rt 3 in Alexander Co, 7 miles north of Cairo.
Rustic Getaway Cabins
3 cozy private cabins located in the Southernmost part of Illinois. Enjoy nearby outdoor activities, such as hiking, hunting, fishing, biking, canoeing and horseback riding. Each cabin features a private wooded setting. Relax and enjoy nature at its best.
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.
Tour de Shawnee Bike ride
Bicyclists meet at the Olive Branch Community Center at 8 AM. Organized bike routes of 15, 30, 45, 62 and 100 mile rides around scenic Horseshoe Lake and area. Entry fee includes: Event bag, chance for attendance prizes. Early registration includes commemorative t shirt.
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.
Cairo Public Library
Museum quality working library of Queen Anne, Architecture on two floors built in 1884.
Hotel 7 Inn- Anna
Opened in 2001. Includes 43 rooms, indoor pool, fitness center and a complimentary breakfast.
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.
Cache River Basin Vineyard and Winery
The winery is known for its white wine made from grapes grown in Southern Illinois. The winery and vineyard are located in a scenic setting just south of the Heron Pond turn-off.
Weeze's Country Barn
Popular with locals and travelers alike, Weeze's Country Barn, located in the Potato Barn, offers a variety of gifts and novelties and features locally made items. The restaurant offers a down home atmosphere and a delicious variety of foods to tantalize your taste buds, including homemade pies, made fresh every morning. Sundays they offer a plate lunch menu with down home variety of grandma's favorites, including fried chicken, chicken and dumplings, meatloaf, fried catfish, and salmon patties along with all the fixings. Come on in to Weeze's Country Barn and experience Southern Illinois hospitatlity at its finest! Open Daily 11-2
Farmhouse rental ideal for sportsman. 3 double beds and 3 single beds, 2 baths and full kitchen, with washer & dryer.
Country Schemes Bed and Breakfast
Relax in a peaceful country setting, take a nature hike, fish and enjoy friendly country hospitality.
The oldest footrace in Southern IL. is held the 2nd Saturday in November each year on the Mississippi River levee in Cairo. A long sleeve t-shirt is given to each participant in the 5,000 & 10,000 meter run and awards will be presented to the winners.
Veterans Day Parade
Parade begins at 2pm from the Anna City Park entrance on Davie St. and follows Main St. to Jefferson St. and back to the park. The Anna VFW post invites everyone back to the lodge for hot dogs and chili.
Custom House Museum
This renovated 1872 Romanesque-style structure houses historical artifacts from the surrounding area.
Ohio River Recreational Area
RV campground with bathhouse, boat ramp and country store. Restaurant and lodge also on site.
Anna Plaza Motel
16-room motel, restaurants within walking distance. Credit cards accepted. Pets allowed. Free local calls. Cable TV with remotes.
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!
Union County State Fish & Wildlife Area
This area currently winters nearly 100,000 of the 850,000 Canadian geese that spend the cold-weather months in Illinois. Numerous shallow sloughs and other water areas are scattered throughout its 6,202 acres.
Plate lunches, seafood, steaks, sandwiches and buffet.
Doctorman's Cache Core Hunting Preserve
Upland game bird hunting from Oct. 1 - April. Dogs & guide service available. Located 3 miles west of Jct. Hwy. 37 & Hwy. 169, or, 4 miles east of I-57 just off Shawnee College Road.
Hotel 7 Inn - Vienna
Boasting a heated indoor swimming pool, this Vienna motel is located along Interstate 24 and 14 miles from Ferne Clyffe. Each guest room is equipped with free Wi-Fi. Cable TV is provided in every room at Hotel 7 Inn Vienna.
White Crane Canoe and Pirogue Rentals
White Crane Canoe and Pirogue Rentals offers guided services and watercraft rentals for use on the Cache River. Spend an afternoon gazing upon the mysteries of the swamp including 500 to 1,200 year old cypress & tupelo trees and get lost in another time as you paddle through Illinois’s hidden bayou. Set out in cypress pirogues or canoes and spend time about learning about the river’s history, geology and ecology. Guides will emphasize and share knowledge of local plants and animals and how they were utilized from local Native Americans past and present. Canoe instruction, life jackets and paddles included in price.
Motel 6 - Metropolis
52 room motel, offering an indoor pool and a continental breakfast
The Shawnee Grill
Casual dining offering salads, sandwiches, steaks, chicken, seafood & pasta for lunch & dinner. We seat 100 people.
Holiday Inn Express - Metropolis
Interior corridor hotel with electronic locks, indoor pool and hot tub, exercise room and a free deluxe continental breakfast.
Civil War Weekend
Friday, Sep 18: 7 pm - The Play, “The Women in Abraham Lincoln’s Life.” Call 618-697-0009 for $15 reservation. Saturday, Sep 19: 9:30 am to 4 pm – Speakers, exhibits, & Re-enactors. Exhibits Include Civil War Era guns and quilts, Civil War Re-enactors, Civil War Era Memorabilia, Music, Exhibit Contest, Kirkpatrick Pottery, and Children Activities. It is FREE! Saturday, Sep 19, 7 pm - The Play, “The Women in Abraham Lincoln’s Life.” Call 618-697-0009 for $15 reservation. Sunday, Sep 20: 1 pm - Historical Bus Tour: Lincoln’s Footsteps and Friends in Anna-Jonesboro. Call 618- 833-8745 for $10 reservation. 2-4 pm - Open House at the PAST Heritage House, It is Free! 2:30 pm - Recognize All Exhibit Contest Winners, and 2:35 pm - The Play, “The Women in Abraham Lincoln’s Life.” Call 618-697-0009 for $15 reservation.
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!
Built in 1869, the brick mansion boasts 14 rooms featuring Italianate architecture and local river lore history. Tours offered daily. The Historical Society hosts special events & luncheons.
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.
Super 8 Motel - Metropolis
Deluxe doubles, kings, suites and jacuzzi suites. Free continental breakfast. Outdoor pool.
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.
Allen Christmas Tree Farm
Choose and cut your own Christmas tree. Handmade wreaths and other seasonal gifts are also available.
Cabela's King Kat Tournament Trail
This catfish tournement will be held at Fort Massac State Park, Metropolis. Bring a rod & reel and enter to win prizes and cash. A $500 big fish award will be given. A kids tournament is also planned.
Stinson Memorial Library
The library was named for Civil War veteran Robert B. Stinson, who left his estate for the establishment of a library. The building was the work of Walter B. Griffin, who designed it in a Frank Lloyd Wright style.
The menu includes a variety of salads, sandwiches and entrees like grilled salmon, cashew-crushed chicken and filet of beef served with seasonal vegetables. Music is part of the dining experience.
Civil War Weekend
The Shawnee Hills Art Council of Anna Arts Center and P.A.S.T. of Union County are co-sponsoring a Civil War Weekend in Anna, IL. A quick snapshot of the planned events include: Historical bus tour: “Lincoln’s Footsteps and Friends in Anna-Jonesboro”; exhibits which include guns and quilts; re-enactors and encampment; storytelling; and Civil War era food and music. So mark your calendars and plan on coming to Anna Arts Center for a journey back in time.
Weaver's Country Market
Country market, with a specialty in handmade wooden lawn furniture.
America's Best Value Inn
46-room motel across from Fort Massac State Park. Restaurants are within walking distance.
Toll House Transportation and Civil War Museum
The Confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers at Cairo has seen its share of American history travel past its banks. Now visitors can stop at that famous intersection and take time to learn about that history in the new Toll House Transportation and Civil War Museum. It's at the southernmost point of Cairo at Fort Defiance Park, where US 51 and US 60 split across the Ohio and Mississippi rivers.
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!
Jim and Dots Shoe Store
Sells shoes and Western clothing.
Shawnee Forest Cabins
Brand new log cabins in the Shawnee National Forest. Closest cabins to the popular Garden of the Gods hike and just a short drive to many more. One and Two Bedroom cabins available all year. Hot tubs, Fireplaces, DirecTV, FiberOptic High-speed internet, fully furnished, with fire pits, free firewood, and charcoal grills. All cabins have full kitchens, towels, linens and all amenities; just bring your food and fun! Located at 745 Garden of the Gods Rd, Herod, IL. Please visit our website for more information and availability
Small family business specializing in real pit BBQ for dine in or carry out.
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.
America's Best Value Inn - Cheekwood Inn
Located at exit #18 off I-57, offering 40 modern rooms with inside corridors and an indoor swimming pool.
Olmsted Lock and Dam
View the last and largest locks and dam that was constructed on the Ohio River.
The present church is the original structure, built in 1860. Dedicated in 1861 as Evangelical Lutheran St. Paul's Church, it features a 50-ft.-tall steeple, pews made of native yellow poplar, and balconies that span the full length of the building on both sides of the stairway.
Horseshoe Lake Conservation Area
Located in Alexander County, this area is known for its large stands of tupelo, swamp cottonwood and cypress trees. Also known for its Canadian goose and bald eagle observation vantage point during the fall and winter.
This beautiful, historic 1865 mansion was once owned by the Halliday Family, and is now owned by the City of Cairo and open for tours.
Lions Club Labor Day Celebration
Picnic celebration with live music and a parade. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to Fort Massac State Park to enjoy live music and entertainment. An all day outdoor cookout featuring hamburgers, hotdogs, and more.
Daily or weekly rates, kids stay free, cable TV, free local calls.