Have you ever wondered where Morel mushrooms grow? Morels grow throughout North America, and there are some fantastic hunting spots right here in Southernmost Illinois. They can be found around dead Elms, Poplar trees, Old
Our Guide is full of reasons to visit Southernmost Illinois! Discover the scenic Shawnee National Forest, our state parks, historical attractions, unique shops, fabulous restaurants, and casino action!
There’s lodging for every taste: cozy bed and breakfasts, convenient and comfortable motels and hotels, plentiful campsites and deluxe cabins.
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Great family adventures happen in the Shawnee National Forest! With dozens of state parks and a lush national forest, Illinois is an outdoors dream. Explore hiking and biking trails, kayak along the rivers, or stay in a secluded forest cabin.
Visit the many historic sites in Southernmost Illinois, from interactive sites like Fort Massac, to hiking through ancient rock formations or kayaking along giant Cypress trees. Experience jaw-dropping natural beauty and our deep history.
Located near Carbondale, the Southern Illinois Golf Trail rests in the beautiful Shawnee National Forest area and features five courses that offer visitors the rare chance to play golf year-round. The trail offers golf options for both serious and casual golfers.
A quiet cabin in the woods; complete with a fireplace and quick access to the Shawnee Wine Trail. There are dozens of options located between the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers peppered throughout the Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois.
Find the perfect piece from one of countless art galleries in Illinois, including paintings, prints, pottery, hand-made jewelry, blown glass and sculptures. Explore the rich culture of Southernmost Illinois perfectly captured in a work of art.
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