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Upcoming Events
Sat 25

Storytime in the Park: Owls

January 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Giant City Visitor center
235 Giant City Road
Makanda
Sat 25

A Biologist Looks At Bigfoot

January 25 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Shawnee Community College
8364 Shawnee College Rd
Ullin
Feb 01

Birding Basics

February 1 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Giant City Visitor center
235 Giant City Road
Makanda
Feb 07

Civil War Weekend

February 7 - February 9
Anna Art Center
125 W Davie St
Anna
Feb 08

Snake Road: A Southern Illinois Treasure

February 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Giant City Visitor center
235 Giant City Road
Makanda

GET OUR VISITORS GUIDE

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.

Download our guide and start planning your adventure!

To request a guide to Shawnee Forest Country be mailed to you, CLICK HERE.

PLAN YOUR STAY

Plan your trip to one of the most established wine regions in the Midwest, featuring award-winning wineries along a 40-mile trail through the beautiful Shawnee National Forest. Visit www.shawneewinetrail.com to learn more.

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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