Parks & Wildlife

Beautiful parks and abundant recreation opportunities, two of the best-known qualities of Southernmost Illinois, come together to provide an endless assortment of landscapes, trails, campsites, shorelines, and educational centers.

Cache River Stare Natural Area
930 Sunflower Lane, off Highway 37 Belknap IL Johnson County 618-634-9678
Garden of the Gods Recreation Area
off Karbers Ridge Road, approximately 20 miles southeast of Harrisburg Elizabethtown IL Hardin County 618-253-7114 618-658-2111 https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/shawnee/recreation/camping-cabins/recarea/?recid=10685&actid=29
Jim Rock/Pounds Hollow Recreation Center
Karbers Ridge Road, off Highway 1 southeast Kabers Ridge IL Hardin County 618-253-7114
George Rogers Clark Discovery Trail
Fort Massac State Park Metropolis IL Massac County 618-524-4712
Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge
0137 Rustic Campus Dr. Ullin IL Pulaski County 618-634-2231 https://www.fws.gov/refuge/cypress_creek/
Ferne Clyffe State Park
Off Highway 37 Goreville IL Johnson County 618-995-2411
Tunnel Hill State Trail
Highway 146 Vienna IL Johnson County 618-658-2168
Trail of Tears State Forest
3240 State Forest Road, off Highway 127 Jonesboro IL Union County 618-833-4910 https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/Parks/Pages/TrailOfTears.aspx
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
217-782-7454
Outback Recreations
Rt. 2 Box 145B Golconda IL Pope County 618-949-3983
Cave-In-Rock State Park Lodge & Cabins
1 New State Park Rd Cave-In-Rock IL Hardin County 618-289-4545 http://www.caveinrockkaylors.com/
Lake Murphysboro State Park
52 Cinder Hill Dr Murphsyboro IL Jackson County 618-684-2867
Laurue-Pine Hills
Wolf Lake IL Union County 618-833-8576
Fort Massac State Park
1308 East 5th Street Metropolis IL Massac County 618-524-4712 http://www.stateparks.com/fort_massac_state_park_in_illinois.html
Shawnee National Forest
50 Hwy. 145 S Harrisburg IL Saline County 618-253-7114 https://www.fs.usda.gov/r9
Tower Rock Recreation Area
4 miles east of Elizabethtown, Highway 146 east to Tower Rock Road, turn east onto Tower rock road Elizabethtown IL Hardin County 618-287-2201 https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/shawnee/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=10692&actid=51
River to River Trail
Across Southernmost Illinois 618-252-6789
Tower Rock Recreation Area
4 miles east of Elizabethtown, Highway 146 east to Tower Rock Road, turn east onto Tower rock road Elizabethtown IL Hardin County 618-287-2201 https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/shawnee/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=10692&actid=51
Millstone Bluff
off Highway 147 near Robbs Robbs IL Pope County 618-253-7114
Timber Ridge Outpost and Cabins
RR2 Box 34a Elizabethtown IL Hardin County 618-264-9091 http://www.timberridgeoutpost.com/
Union County State Fish and Wildlife Area
2755 Refuge Road, off Highway 3 Jonesboro IL Union County 618-833-5175
Williams Hill Pass OHV Park & Campground
1935 Peak Road Saline Harrisburg IL 62946 United States http://www.williamshillpass.com/
Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour
635 Robinson Hill Rd Makanda IL Jackson County 855-386-9477 http://www.shawneezip.com/
The Confluence of Ohio & Mississippi Rivers
Ft. Defiance Park Cairo IL Alexander County
Cave-In-Rock State Park Lodge & Cabins
1 New State Park Road Cave-in-Rock IL Hardin County 618-289-4545 http://www.stateparks.com/cave-in-rock_state_park_in_illinois.html
FT. Defiance Camping & RV Park
Cairo IL Alexander County 618-734-9344
White Crane Canoe Rentals
1540 WildCat Bluff Rd Vienna IL Johnson County 618-201-4090
Horseshoe Lake Conservation Area
off Highway 3, north of Cairo Olive Branch IL Alexander County 618-776-5691
Giant City Lodge
460 Giant City Lodge Road Makanda IL Union County 618-457-4921 http://www.giantcitylodge.com/
Illinois Iron Furnace
North of Elizabethtown Elizabethtown IL Hardin County 618-658-2111 https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/shawnee/recreation/picnickinginfo/recarea/?recid=10687&actid=70
Giant City State Park and Campground
235 Giant City Road Makanda IL Union County 618-457-4836 http://www.stateparks.com/giant_city_state_park_in_illinois.html
Dixon Springs State Park
West on Highway 146 Golconda IL Pope County 618-949-3394 http://www.stateparks.com/dixon_springs_state_park_in_illinois.html
Sahara Woods State Fish & Wildlife Area
38-2098 Glen Jones Road Saline Equality IL 62934 United States
War Bluff Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
R.R. 1 Box 216A Golconda IL Pope County 618-683-2222
Pomona Natural Bridge
Natural Bridge Road Pamona IL Jackson County 800-669-6637 https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/shawnee/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=10678&actid=50
Lake Glendale Recreation Area
Highway 145, north of Dixon Springs Dixon Springs IL Pope County http://www.lakeglendale.net/