Welcome to Shawnee Forest Country!



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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.


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september, 2017

3sep1:00 am- 1:00 amDate-with-a-dog

3sep1:30 pmP.A.S.T. Heritage House open house

4sep1:00 am- 1:00 amKnotty by Nature Knitting

6sep1:00 am- 1:00 amYoga & Wine

9sep1:00 am- 1:00 amLiving History at Fort Massac

9sep1:00 am- 1:00 amRiverside Art, Wine & Blues Festival

9sep1:00 am- 1:00 amCache River Days

9sep10:00 am- 3:00 pmAVA Bring Back Main Street Car & Craft Show

9sep10:00 am- 2:00 pmArt in the Park

10sep1:30 pmP.A.S.T. Heritage House open house

13sep - 16All DayMurphysboro Apple Festival

13sep1:00 am- 1:00 amYoga & Wine

16sep1:00 am- 1:00 amShrimp Festival

17sep1:00 pm- 3:00 pmKids in the Woods: Fur and Feathers

17sep1:30 pmP.A.S.T. Heritage House open house

20sep1:00 am- 1:00 amYoga & Wine

23sep10:00 am- 3:00 pmMonarch Phenomenon

24sep1:30 pmP.A.S.T. Heritage House open house

27sep1:00 am- 1:00 amYoga & Wine

28sep1:00 am- 1:00 amKnotty by Nature Knitting

30sepAll DayTrigg Ozark Tour - fall 2017

30sep10:00 am- 2:00 pmChocolate Factory 40th Anniversary Celebration


Discover the Shawnee National Forest by canoe, foot, horseback or bike solo, with friends or on an expert-led excursion. Spot wildlife and gather ‘round the campfire. Southern Illinois has a little bit of everything for everyone. southernmostillinois.com/ ... See MoreSee Less

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The leaves may still need a little time to turn the beautiful colors but you can still celebrate the first day of Fall with an amazing sunset on one of the many bluffs at Shawnee National Forest. southernmostillinois.com/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Whether you are alone or with friends and family, one of the best places to take in the sights and sounds of the Shawnee National Forest is in the solitude of a kayak or canoe. southernmostillinois.com/lakes-boating/ ... See MoreSee Less

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