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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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december, 2017

2decAll DayChristmas in the Village

3dec1:00 pm- 4:00 pmMetropolis Tour of Homes

3dec2:00 pm- 4:00 pmChristmas at the Cross

3dec4:00 pm- 6:00 pm“Carols at Early Candlelight”

8dec - 9All DayChristmas House Tour – Golconda

8dec - 10dec 85:00 pmdec 10A night in Bethlehem

10dec10:00 am- 4:00 pmThe Olde Tyme Christmas

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Fort Massac State Park is a reminder of days gone by. The historic site is a replica of the 1802 American fort that was on site. The historic fort area contains barracks, block houses, officer quarters, well, stockade along with a fraise fence. The site also has the archaeological outline of the 1757 French Fort. There is also a visitors center/office complex along with an area for the museum. #FortMassac ... See MoreSee Less

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Join the annual tradition of the Christmas Bird Count on December 19th beginning at 6 a.m. at Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge. The Christmas Bird Count is an all-day census of winter bird populations that has been conducted throughout the entire country since 1900. #Tradition ... See MoreSee Less

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Timber Ridge Outpost offers an unforgettable "Glamping" experience. Built in a 200+ year old White Oak, this Grandfather of a tree will delight its visitors with a large branch that extends into the “cabin” and another coming up through the deck, 20’ in the air! #Glamping ... See MoreSee Less

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Tunnel Hill Trail Breeden's trestle on the first day of Winter. Don't let the temperature hold you back from exploring all Southernmost Illinois has to offer. #Explore ... See MoreSee Less

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