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!
Illinois’ Bicentennial Rose’ Wine
Several Shawnee Hills wineries, in partnership with the Illinois Bicentennial Commission and ...
06 Apr 2018
Head for the Hills – an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise
Vistas of cornfields and soybeans are plentiful in Illinois, but head south ...
25 Apr 2018
Makanda: Gateway to Giant City and Outdoor Adventure
With its breathtaking natural beauty and unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreation, a ...
28 Jun 2018
Shawnee Guided Hiking Tours & Shuttle Service
On 210 Indian Kitchen Rd near Eddyville IL, adjacent to the Lusk ...
21 Aug 2018
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Praise the Lard Murphysboro Barbecue Cook-off
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National Alpaca Days
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Big Muddy Monster Brewfest
Big Muddy Monster Brewfest, Riverside Park, Murphysboro. 1 to 4pm. www.bigmuddymonsterbrewfest.com All ...
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Each fall, vultures fly over Makanda and the surrounding areas and signal ...
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