and Towering Cliffs
See what Southern Illinois has to offer
From the Banks of the Ohio
to the Edge of the Mississippi
Read more about Shawnee's natural wonders
Home to Diverse Wildlife
and Untold Natural Wonder
Southern Illinois has limitless options
Welcome to Shawnee Forest Country!
You're invited to explore our different regions...
Western side of the forest and Wine Country
Cache River Wetlands and Metropolis
Eastern side of the forest and Garden of the Gods
Explore our trails!
The past lives on in many valued collectibles you’ll find in Southernmost Illinois.
Lakes & Boating
Take in the sights and sounds of Shawnee National Forest along the banks of our beautiful ponds or lakes.
Check out the work of famous local artists in any of the several art galleries found in Southernmost Illinois.
See striking Southern Illinois in all of it's breathtaking natural beauty and adventure.
Eateries & BBQ
Indulge in our unique local breweries and delicious BBQ.
Wineries & Breweries
Delve into our abundant orchards and dozens of scenic wineries.
Numerous large, well stocked lakes and hundreds of acres of National Forest always within a short distance.
History & Museums
Southern Illinois has a long and rich history spread throughout many forts, buildings, Civil War relics, and churches that are over a century old.
News you can use ...
Keep up to date with all things going on in Southernmost Illinois by checking out our latest blog posts!
Shawnee Guided Hiking Tours & Shuttle Service
On 210 Indian Kitchen Rd near Eddyville IL, adjacent to the Lusk ...
21 Aug 2018
New River To River Trail Guide
The River to River Trail Society is pleased to announce the publication ...
05 Nov 2018
Spring Break in Shawnee – Bring the Family Together Outside
The days are growing longer, and the birds are starting to sing ...
05 Mar 2019
Morel Mushrooms: The Hunt and Harvest in Shawnee Forest Country
Have you ever wondered where Morel mushrooms grow? Morels grow throughout North ...
08 Mar 2019
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27 Apr, 2019 in Oak St & 16th St, Murphysboro, IL
Oak Street Art Fair
A celebration of art and music in the historic General John A. ...
27 Apr, 2019 in Anna Art Center
Paint The Town
The Shawnee Hills arts Council/Anna Arts Center invites everyone to come transform ...
28 Apr, 2019 in
Bless Fest, 12-7 pm Head up to Bald Knob Cross for the ...
04 May, 2019 in
Shawnee Hills Pottery Trail
The Shawnee Hills Pottery Trail is a once a year shared pottery ...
Check out our full Calendar here!