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.
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Shawnee Guided Hiking Tours & Shuttle Service
On 210 Indian Kitchen Rd near Eddyville IL, adjacent to the Lusk ...
21 Aug 2018
Adventures in Shawnee – Bring the Family Together Outside
Fall in love with the Shawnee! Get the family back outside and ...
05 Sep 2019
Winter Adventures and Winery Passport Program
Winter is a great time to enjoy the slower, quieter side of ...
14 Nov 2019
Illinois Made Holiday Gift Ideas
Illinois Made Holiday Gift ideas featuring unique local businesses in the Illinois ...
21 Nov 2019
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14 Dec, 2019 in Rolling Oak Alpaca Ranch
Christmas with the Alpacas
*Kids Crafts *FREE raffles for alpaca goodies FREE to attend!
16 Dec, 2019 in
Annual Christmas Bird Count
Monday, 6am-sunset Location: Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge This annual Bird Count ...
20 Dec, 2019 in Bald Knob Cross
Blue Christmas service
Bald Knob Cross of Peace will be hosting a Blue Christmas service, ...
22 Feb, 2020 in Touch of Nature
Maple Syrup Festival
The Maple Syrup Festival is a Family fun winter festival where you can ...
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