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Trails to
Adventure

The scenery in this southernmost region of Illinois is perhaps the best in the state. And you’ll see plenty of it as you hike, golf and sip wine along winding roads and trails here that connect clusters of quaint towns, state parks and wineries. The more you see, the more you’ll realize that Trails to Adventure only tells part of the story.

Great Rivers Country Chicago and Beyond Land of Lincoln
Harrisburg
Carbondale
Makanda
Pomona / Alto Pass / Cobden
Great Rivers
Country

Great Rivers
Country

Take in the sweeping vistas of western Illinois dotted with quaint towns, historic sites and scenic vineyards.

Chicago
& Beyond

Chicago
& Beyond

Explore world-class attractions and nearby state parks, theme parks and quaint downtowns.

Land of Lincoln

Land of Lincoln

Experience the living history of Abe Lincoln and Route 66 in this central region of Illinois.

Trails to Adventure
Regional Highlights
Discover some of the favorite spots along the trails and scenic byways of southern Illinois.

Carbondale

A lively campus feeds an eclectic downtown.

Home to Southern Illinois University, Carbondale bustles with a busy historic district lined with shops and restaurants. A vibrant theater community makes its home at Shyrock Auditorium. While nearby parks, year-round golf and the popular Shawnee Hills Wine Trail tempt visitors with even more ways to spend a getaway here.

Local Highlights
  • 17th Street BBQ

    CITY: Murphysboro

    Kite Hill Vineyards Bed and Breakfast

    CITY: Carbondale

    Hickory Ridge Golf Course

    CITY: Carbondale

  • The Science Center of Southern Illinois

    CITY: Carbondale

    Historic Town Square & Downtown Carbondale

    CITY: Carbondale

    The African American Museum of Southern Illinois

    CITY: Carbondale

Makanda

A mini artist colony next door to Giant City State Park.

Shops and local works of art fill the town’s one-block boardwalk. For a day of hiking, head to the trails of Giant City State Park, capped off by a night at an impressive lodge that serves world-famous fried chicken. Next door to the park, rolling hills and bluffs challenge golfers with a scenic course that skirts the Shawnee National Forest.

Local Highlights

Makanda Boardwalk

CITY: Makanda

Giant City Lodge

CITY: Makanda

Stone Creek Golf Club & Resort

CITY: Makanda

Harrisburg

Gateway to Garden of the Gods and other outdoor adventures.

Every adventure needs a home base. And for outdoor enthusiasts, that home base is Harrisburg, where overnight accommodations include everything from a cabin to a tree house. By day, lace up your boots and head to nearby Garden of the Gods, explore the popular River to River Trail, or hike deep into the Shawnee National Forest.

Local Highlights

Garden of the Gods

CITY: Karbers Ridge

Timber Ridge Outpost & Cabins

CITY: Elizabethtown

Shawnee National Forest

CITY: Harrisburg

Pomona/Alto Pass/Cobden

Postcard-perfect stops along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail.

A winery known for its fruit vintages nestles into the woods and greets explorers with wine tastings after hiking the nearby Little Grand Canyon. If you want to skip the hike, head for a 90-foot natural bridge hidden along a trail. And if you’re looking for more tastings? Follow the wine trail to nearby Alto Pass and Cobden.

Local Highlights

Alto Vineyards - Alto Pass

CITY: Alto Pass

Pomona Natural Bridge

CITY: Pomona

Flamm Orchards/Fruits & Cream Stand

CITY: Cobden

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