Drawn by the mighty Ohio River and the lush green forests along her shore, early Europeans settled in these Illinois Ozarks during the late 1700s. Today the quiet hills and river towns beckon visitors for a different kind of vacation. Little changed from the early years, this corner of southeastern Illinois offers a pleasant diversion for travelers seeking the road less traveled. This is a land of natural beauty unequaled anywhere in the state. Surrounded by the Shawnee National Forest, scenic roads guide you along the Ohio River and through rolling hills with mysterious hollows, rocky bluffs, curious rock formations and hardwood forests.