Southernmost Illinois

Trails to Adventure

Experience the beautiful scenery in the southernmost region of Illinois and Shawnee Forest Country. See it all as you hike, golf and sip wine along winding roads connecting clusters of quaint towns, state parks and wineries.

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    Home to Southern Illinois University, Carbondale’s busy historic district bustles with shops and restaurants, while you’re tempted with nearby parks, year-round golf and the popular Shawnee Hills Wine Trail.
    Things to do near Carbondale
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    Home to a small artist colony, shops and local art fill the town’s one-block boardwalk. After you’ve finished your shopping, hit the trails for hiking at Giant City State Park. Golfers will find solace in a scenic course that skirts the Shawnee National Forest.
    Things to do near Makanda
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    Lace up your boots and head to nearby Garden of the Gods for breathtaking views atop ancient rock formations, explore the popular River to River Trail or hike deep into the Shawnee National Forest.
    Things to do near Harrisburg
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    Pomona, Alto Pass, & Cobden

    After a day of hiking Little Grand Canyon, you’ll be greeted by a winery known for fruit vintages, nestled into the woods. Follow the wine trail to nearby Alto Pass and Cobden to taste more local terroir.
    Things to do near Pomona