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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.
Jefferson County Historical Village
Authentic log structures. Historic memorabilia from the area are carefully preserved and displayed at the village. Open from the first weekend in May through the last weekend in October
Jefferson County Historical Village
Experience the past as you walk through a pioneer village of authentic log cabins featuring a calaboose (circa 1820), the Mount Olive Church (circa 1873), a one room school house and more.
Jimmie James Blue Goose
Greek restaurant with homemade desserts, soups and dishes.
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.
Joyce's Country Quilts
Beautiful hand-stitched quilt,; plus a large supply of quilt and dress fabrics and notions in a quaint country store.
Family oriented dining, dine in or carry out. Casual atmosphere and friendly service. Serves a variety of Chinese food.
Barbeque is the specialty here.
Krieger's Sports Grill
Home to outstanding food and drinks, a great atmosphere for sports and families.
Located in three historic structures covering 2/3rds of the city block, two blocks west of the public square on Route 13.
Les Marie Florist
Local florist with a specialty in Angels. Makes both silk and fresh floral arrangements. Hundreds of gift items available.
Bar and lounge that features bands on selected nights. Ask about our drink specials. Has 2 pool tables and a jukebox.
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.
Lone Star Steakhouse
Famous for mesquite-grilled steaks, and "Texas-sized" portions, Lone Star Steakhouse restaurants deliver an authentic Texas themed experience, offering truly unique and flavorful food and outstanding service to every guest. The menu offers great variety beyond steak … salmon, ribs, sandwiches, burgers and more.
Louie's P&R is Herrin's premier Italian Deli. Established in the late 1890s, this community fixture was originally named D&R Market after principle stockholders Frank Detomasi and Ernest Ruggeri. The store took on the current name – Louie’s P&R, after purchase by Louie Gualdoni. Customers can still get the finest Italian sausages, salameats and other Italian favorites but they can also order freshly made sandwiches to go or to eat in the store’s dining area which is equipped with free wi-fi. Louie's also has a small grocery department.
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.
Macedonia Game Preserve
A state-licensed hunting preserve, we provide hunters with a good environment and quality deer management. Also quail, pheasant,chukar and dove hunting available. Package prices available upon request for walk-in hunts, corporate & business hunts.
Macedonia Game Preserve
Full of hospitality and free of highway noises and crowds. Come hunt whitetail and upland birds in a variety of settings.
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.
Martin's Restaurant & Catering
Family atmosphere. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Daily specials. Everything's homemade. Large variety of sandwiches available. Call ahead for group, seating for 65.
McCoy House Memorial Library
This majestic four-story Victorian home, built in 1884 by banker A.G. Cloud, sits next to the old bank of similar architectural style. The house is now a memorial library and museum decorated with beautiful furnishings and paintings.
McLeansboro Golf Club
This nine-hole, semi-private club offers a pro shop.
We have a very large selection of fine glassware, vintage and antique furniture, and the latest in collectibles.
Midwestern Herb and Garden Show
Come to a garden oasis in February! With vendors throughout the midwest, nationally known speakers, exhibitors, and topics from water gardening, herb growing, bulbs, bird items, topiaries and antiques; there's something of interest for everyone!
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.
Moe's Southwest Grill
Serving a wide variety of fresh, made-to-order Southwest fare in a welcoming environment.
Furniture, home décor, collectibles, antiques and jewelry. Just 5 miles south of Rend Lake, 1/2 block off the Benton Public Square.
Motel 6 - Mt. Vernon
Motel located near I-64/I-57 Interchange offerning wireless internet and free coffee.
Newly remodeled rooms at budget rates. Children welcome.
Mt. Vernon Fall Festival
This three day October festival in downtown Mt. Vernon includes a beer tent with live entertainment, parade, children's area, food, fun, car show, band competition, pumpkin competition, carnival, pet parade and so much more!
Mt. Vernon Market
Mt. Vernon Market is located at the former armory building in downtown Mt. Vernon and features farmers markets, flea markets, vendor fairs, trade shows, entertainment, and other events throughout the year.
Mt. Vernon Veterans Park
86 acres of shaded playgrounds, tennis courts, swimming pool, in-line skating area and walking path around the lake. Fishing is allowed with proper license.
6 cottage-style rooms, rv hook-ups, truck parking, kennel nearby
Newman & Camden Co.
Newman & Camden Co. is a walk in Bakery/Deli. They serve bagel, donuts, and great breakfast sandwiches. Lunch consists of a daily special, flatbreads, and like the Slow Roasted Turkey & Avocado BLT. All Items are made from scratch!
North Sandusky Campground
Beautiful campground on Rend Lake with 118 sites with electricity. Full hookups available on selected sites. Three picnic shelter areas (wheelchair accessible). One group area with 21 wooded campsites for $100 a day.
Nu Bowl Lanes
Sandwiches, snacks and drinks. Located inside a bowling alley.
28-lane bowling facility with snack bar.
Okla-Tex Nick's Bar-B-Q
Located in Benton's Days Inn, this popular restaurant is open daily serving breakfast, lunch & dinner. The specialty is the BBQ, chicken, beef or pork. Lunch & Dinner specials, kids 10 & under free on Sunday, delivery, catering & carryouts. Bar with two pool tables. Karaoke Wed. and Sun.
Old Bates Campground
Located on the west side of Rend Lake off of Route 148 at the intersection of Peach Orchard Road. Offers electricity, water and sewer, shower house, bottle gas filed, dumping stations as well as campers to rent. Owners: Robert and Angela Holder.
Old School Antique Mall
Antique mall located in an old school building. Has over 25 vendors and continues to grow. You will find antiques, collectibles, and other forgotten treasures. This building also doubles as home to McVey auction service.
Papa Z's Ice Cream & Sandwich Shoppe
Visit Papa Z's in Mt. Vernon for home-made fudge and home-made hand dipped premium ice cream. Featuring over 20 flavors, and a variety of sherbet and sorbets. Papa Z's also serves frozen custard, ice cream sodas, sundaes concretes, and shakes! Don't forget about the fudge!
Pheasant Hollow Winery
Located in a rustic log cabin in the woods near Rend Lake, a large tasting room, huge stone fireplace, and a wraparound deck provides a great place to sample Pheasant Hollow's award-winning wines. Only 1 mile east of Rend Lake.
Pickers Outlet Mall
Pickers Outlet Mall is a new 5,000 square foot building located on the busy Herrin Road (1.5 miles west of I-57). The mall can accommodate about 43 vendors. It is set-up like an antique mall, but has more to offer than antiques. It is a fun place to shop where the merchandise is changing daily.
Pine Lakes Golf Club
The 18-hole "pine lakes" course at the Pine Lakes Golf Course facility features 5,889 yards of golf from the longest trees for a par of 67. The course rating is 67.0 and it has a slope rating of 107.
Great, home-made pizza.
Home-cooked food for dinner on Thursday and Friday and breakfast or lunch everyday of the week. Always a lunch blueplate special with seating for thirty.
Plane & Pilot Midwest LSA Expo
At the Plane & Pilot Midwest LSA Expo, you'll find Light Sport Aircrafts lined on the tarmac of the Mt. Vernon Airport. Also find LSA's for sale, ancillary equipment and related services.
Polly Launay Performance
If you have never heard Polly play, this is the time. She is an accomplished violinist who will amaze you with her talent. In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, Polly will be performing Celtic music selections. Admission is free but donations are welcome.
Enjoy affordable rates in a convenient location when choosing the Quality Inn® in Mount Vernon, IL, ideally located off of Interstate 57 near many area points of interest.
Come and enjoy the region's most exquisite culinary experience, from the open kitchen, to our Wine Room with 1000+ wines from all over the world, to the unique culinary cuisine prepared by the one and only Chef Liz. Exceptional food and even better service await your palate here at RARE Chophouse!
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.
It's all about the water at Rend Lake, where you can swim, boat, water ski and fish. Relax at Rend Lake Resort, tee off at the 27-hole Rend Lake Golf Course or do some target practice at the Rend Lake Shooting Complex. Also located at Rend Lake is the Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center, featuring more than 800 artists.
Rend Lake Antiques
Fine antiques, furniture, and collectibles in old historic building on Main Street of Sesser.
Rend Lake Cabins in the Woods
Two cabins. Located off the southwest side of Rend Lake complete with full kitchen, two bedrooms, satellite TV, washer and dryer, front porch with swing, fire pit, barbecue grill and just 15 minutes off of Interstate 57.
Rend Lake College Market Place
Large golf outlet store plus clothing, brass, crafts and sporting goods store. Formerly Jent factory outlet mall.
Rend Lake Golf Course
Named one of the best courses in the Midwest, this 27-hole course has paved cart paths, fountains and many challenges. There's also a lighted driving range, a pro shop with a pro, and special lodging/golf packages available year round. On the eastern shores of Rend Lake.
Rend Lake Marina
Prepare for a summer adventure at the full-service marina offering long term slip rentals and transient rentals. Water-ski, cast a line from a fishing boat or join friends on a pontoon boat.
Rend Lake Resort and Conference Center
Situated on Rend Lake in Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park, this modern resort offers cabins and boat rental suites, courtesy boat docking slips, restaurants and more. Guests can enjoy golfing, hiking, horseback riding, swimming and other water sports.
Rend Lake Shooting Complex
Located in the Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park, the shooting complex offers gamesmen one of the most state of the art shooting facilities in the Midwest. Wheelchair access.
Rend Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area
Anglers looking for crappie, catfish and bass drop their lines at this area, located on the 18,900-acre Rend Lake. A comprehensive management program provides habitat for a variety of wildlife, including great blue herons and many species of shorebirds.
Royal Inn, Mt. Vernon
Located in downtown Mt. Vernon. 36-room facility
Rural Route Country Cookin'
Country cooking restaurant located inside the Huck's Travel Center.
Ryan's Family Steakhouse - Mt. Vernon
Buffet, sit down restaurant. Family styled restaurant centered on steak. Dine in or carry out. Buffet everyday with an array of delicious foods to choose from. Children's priced buffet too.
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.
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.
Salute to Freedom
Come to the huge fireworks display at the Mt. Vernon Airport for July 4th. This event also includes live entertainment, children's area, food vendors, and much more!
Season's at Rend Lake
At Season's enjoy either casual or semi-formal dining at its best. Full service bar, seasonal favorites and specials with a beautiful view of Rend Lake golf course. Meeting and banquet rooms for up to 250.
Seasons Lodge & Condominiums
Provides affordably priced and beautifully furnished accommodations. Optional spa and fireplace suites. Restaurant and golf course on site.
Sergio's Mexican Restaurant
Family oriented, authentic Mexican cuisine, full bar separate from dining area. All food items are home made, using all natural ingredients and Mexican spices.
Located off Route 37 in Johnston City, this antique store has glassware, kitchenware, collectibles, and much more. Lots of variety in this newly established business.
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.
Sherwood Camping Resort
Camper and tent sites, approx. 60 hookups; shaded, family-oriented camping. Only 2 mi. to Rend Lake.
Locally owned tour bus that can seat up to 12 people. Services available include wine trail tours, scenic tours, as well as sporting and special events.
Sidwell Friends Bed and Breakfast
This B&B is housed in a classic 1920s Colonial decorated with antiques and fine art. Sidwell Friends is located just blocks from Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, which features the Mitchell Museum and an impressive sculpture park.
Silkwood Inn Museum
The Silkwood Inn was built in 1827 and contains furnishings and artifacts from the 1800s. A tour trough this amazing Inn includes the telling of a famous local legend about the kindness of the Silkwood family, a slave girl named Priscilla, and the Trail of Tears. The museum is free to the public but donations are accepted.
Silver Streak Inn
Bar & grill.
South Marcum Campground
Campground open April 1st through October 31st. Activities begin in May and run through September. 147 sites with electricity and 14 tent sites. Close to Rend Lake and Visitors Center.
South Marcum Campground
South Marcum Campground sits along the banks of Rend Lake in the heart of Southern Illinois. With plenty of unobstructed views of the water, campers are able to take in scenic sunsets as well as enjoy activities such as bank fishing, right from the campground.
South Sandusky Campground
120 camping sites with electricity and 8 tent sites on beautiful Rend Lake. Full hookups on selected sites. Beach.
Southern Illinois Artisans Shop and Visitors Center
More than 25 categories of arts and crafts from fine art to the traditional crafts from more than 900 Illinois artisans. Also, home to the Southern Illinois Art Gallery. Special workshops and events throughout the year.
Southern Illinois Steel Guitar Show
The Southern Illinois Steel Guitar Show is an annual event put on by Southern Illinois Productions, a Not-for-Profit Organization. The show features some of the best steel guitar players in the world as well as amateur players. Come to the next show and mingle with your favorite steel guitar players.
Stardust Golf and Country Club
Stardust offers 9 holes of golf with a par of 36. Winter golf is available. Amenities include club and cart rental and a snack bar.
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.
Super 8 - Harrisburg
Hot tub- suites available free continental breakfast- non smoking & handicapped rooms available.
Super 8 Motel - Benton
Located just off I-57 at Benton Exit, this modern motel extends the traveler 48 clean rooms, free morning coffee and convenient restaurant and lounge on premises. Special packages for hunters and fishermen.
Super 8 Motel - Mount Vernon
63 rooms located close to I-57.
Taste of Mt. Vernon
Come and taste good food from Mt. Vernon Restaurants & Caterers while listening to music and highlighting downtown improvements.
Teddy's Sports Bar & Grill
Sports bar and grill with good food, pool tables, music, and a jukebox. Located right in town in Herrin.
Ten Mile Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area
5,800 acres vary from flat bottomlands to rolling forestlands. Fields throughout the site provide for 1,000 acres of planted food for wildlife. Game hunting for rabbit, quail and waterfowl is allowed. Fishing is available at 25 strip-pit lakes and ponds.
Tequilas Mexican Restaurant Harrisburg
Authentic Mexican food; the best in Saline County.
The Annex Coffee & Deli
The Annex Building, built in 1912, is at the very heart of Herrin, Illinois’ thriving downtown on Park Avenue. The former Annex Movie Theater was converted into a bakery café and opened on Halloween 2011. The Annex Coffee & Deli is committed to delivering the best coffee house & bakery café experience in a clean and stylish environment which recalls the glory days of the historic building in which it is housed.
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.
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.
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.