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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october, 2017

1oct1:00 am- 1:00 amDate-with-a-dog

1oct1:30 pmP.A.S.T. Heritage House open house

2oct1:00 am- 1:00 amKnotty by Nature Knitting

4oct1:00 am- 1:00 amYoga & Wine

7oct12:00 pm- 3:00 pmSnake Walk

8oct1:00 am- 1:00 amBass Tournament

8oct1:00 am- 1:00 amFall Fest

8oct1:30 pmP.A.S.T. Heritage House open house

11oct1:00 am- 1:00 amYoga & Wine

14oct1:00 am- 1:00 amThebes Historical Society 2017 Living History Day

14oct11:00 am- 2:00 pmKids Fest: Featuring the 14th Annual Wiener Dog Race and Fashion Show

15oct1:00 am- 1:00 amCar Show

15oct1:30 pmP.A.S.T. Heritage House open house

18oct1:00 am- 1:00 amYoga & Wine

20oct - 22All DaySouthern Illinois Fat Tire Festival

21oct - 22All DayVulture Fest

21oct - 22oct 2110:00 amoct 22Fort Massac Encampment

21oct2:00 pm- 6:00 pmFall colors at the Cross

22oct1:30 pmP.A.S.T. Heritage House open house

25oct1:00 am- 1:00 amYoga & Wine

26oct1:00 am- 1:00 amKnotty by Nature Knitting

27oct7:00 pm- 10:00 pmTunnel Hill Trail Van Tour

28oct8:00 am- 12:00 amTour de Shawnee Bike Ride

28oct10:00 am- 3:00 pmKincaid Mounds Archaeology Field Day

29oct1:30 pmP.A.S.T. Heritage House open house

29oct2:00 pm- 5:00 pmPAWS auction event


The hidden gem of Southern Illinois is a close-kept secret of outdoor enthusiasts filled with deep canyons, waterfalls, rock-bottom creeks and cypress swamps. Hike, bike, paddle and ride on horseback through hardwood forests, pastures, canyons and the northernmost cypress swamp in America. Explore with us! southernmostillinois.com ... See MoreSee Less

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Congrats to Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour for being ranked number 15 on Flight Network’s Absolute Best Eco Adventures in the U.S.
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Sometimes all you need is a little rest and relaxation. Spend some time getting pampered right here in Southern Illinois. southernmostillinois.com/health-wellness/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Whether you live a mile away or a thousand miles away, a Fall stay at a Southern Illinois Bed and Breakfast is always a nice way to relax. Book your stay today. southernmostillinois.com/bed-breakfasts/ ... See MoreSee Less

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