Welcome to Shawnee Forest Country!

 

EXPLORE OUR REGIONS

 

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WINTER HIKING IN SHAWNEE FOREST COUNTRY OFFERS A DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE:

The trails begin in the rolling Southern Illinois countryside where you can sip your way along and discover truly surprising and authentic wine culture on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail.

Bike on an old railway converted bike path, The Tunnel Hill State Trail a 45-mile trail winding through farmland, thick woods, lush wetlands and a tunnel for which it was named.

The Shawnee National Forest offers hiking, horseback riding, rock climbing, and some of the best fishing around along with 5 miles of interconnecting trails and the popular Observation Trail at Garden of the Gods where breathtaking views can be found.   The Garden of Gods–rock formations more than 300 million years old –sculpted patiently over time by wind and rain.

The Cache River Wetlands contains 60,000 acres of beautiful forests and wetlands.  Canoe the Cache and you might see otters, bobcats, whitetail deer, bald eagles, herons, egrets, Sandhill Cranes and even the occasional Anhinga (the snake bird).

With its breathtaking natural beauty and great opportunities for outdoor recreation, a trip to Giant City State Park near Makanda is sure to delight visitors of all ages.  Check out the 82-foot, 100,000-gallon water tower with a 50-foot observation deck that provides memorable panoramic views.

For those looking for a high adrenaline experience, Mermet Springs may be your next destination.   A spring-fed quarry, a full scuba diving training center, lots of fish and a sunken Boeing 727 from a Hollywood movie, are used to enhance the ultimate scuba experience.  Nearby in the town of Metropolis, the official Home of Superman proudly honors their favorite son with a 15-foot bronze statue of the Man of Steel right in the middle of Superman Square.

UPCOMING EVENTS IN SOUTHERNMOST ILLINOIS

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november, 2017

4nov - 5All DayWine & Food Pairing weekend

5nov12:00 pm- 4:00 pmHaunted Hollow

11novAll DayTunnel Hill 100 Mile Run with 50 mile option

16nov - 18All DayDeer Festival

24nov - 26All DayHoliday Open Houses along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail

24nov - 26All DayHoliday Open House

25nov8:00 am- 9:00 amReindeer Run 5K

25nov8:30 am- 9:00 pmChristmas in Downtown Anna

25nov10:00 am- 5:00 pmAnna Arts Center Holiday Bazaar

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Did you gobble up too much turkey and pumpkin pie yesterday? Hit one of the many trails in Southern Illinois. Exploring the region is breathtaking and awe inspiring. It also burns calories! youtu.be/ODDIEhQAL4o #ShawneeNationalForest ... See MoreSee Less

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#HappyThanksgiving | Head out and enjoy the beauty of southern Illinois. ... See MoreSee Less

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Take a break from the prep of the holiday season and go for a bike ride. November 22 is dedicated to all things related to bike riding. From the Tunnel Hill State Trail to Tour de Shawnee Bicycle Tour #southernIllinois has plenty of spots to ride. Kids of all ages will have fun. ... See MoreSee Less

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Now is a great time to plan your next rock climbing adventure.
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This week is Human-Animal Relationship Awareness Week. (Yes, it’s a real thing.) There are plenty of places to spend outdoors with your favorite four-legged family members. From hiking to camping to fishing the Shawnee National Forest has you covered. So take a break and enjoy some of Mother Nature’s beauty. ... See MoreSee Less

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