Welcome to Shawnee Forest Country!

 

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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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february, 2018

2feb5:30 pmMovie Nights at Blue Sky Vineyards

9feb - 11feb 91:00 amfeb 11Civil War Weekend

9feb5:00 pm- 8:00 pmLadies Night at Alto Vineyards

9feb5:30 pmMovie Nights at Blue Sky Vineyards

11feb7:00 pm4-Course Valentines Day Dinner

16feb5:30 pmMovie Nights at Blue Sky Vineyards

17feb1:00 am- 1:00 amBallroom Dance Lessons

17feb6:00 pm- 10:00 pmAphrodisiac Dinner

24feb - 25feb 241:00 amfeb 25Maple Syrup Festival and Pancake Breakfast

MEANWHILE ON FACEBOOK…

Don't miss the next food and wine pairing weekend, March 3rd and 4th. Book a cabin and enjoy a getaway with great food perfectly paired with local wine on the Shawnee Wine Trail.
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Metropolis is the home of Superman. Explore the Man of Steel’s neighborhood at the Super Museum, the giant statue in his honor and wrap things up with a trip to 718BrewCafe with a wide selection of craft beer and wine. #southernillinois #explore ... See MoreSee Less

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Check out the famous Camel Back and other rock formations, bluffs and canyons. Garden of the Gods covers almost four thousand acres in the Shawnee National Forest. #hiking #shawneenationalforest #shawneeforestcountry ... See MoreSee Less

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Have you ridden along the Cave-In-Rock Ferry? One of the most stunning Ohio River attractions is the only Illinois ferry crossing the waterway, giving us a memorable insight into the lifestyle of our Kentucky Amish neighbors. Learn more about the state’s ferry services here:
www.idot.illinois.gov/travel-information/passenger-services/Ferry-Services/index
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The past lives on in many of the antique stores you’ll find in Southernmost Illinois. Do some exploring today. #explore #southernillinois
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