Explore the Shawnee National Forest and enjoy the largest, most diverse natural treasure in Illinois. Major highways lead to Southern Illinois, where you will find some of the most beautiful scenery in the Midwest.
Take in any of Three National Scenic Byways during all of the colorful Four Seasons of the year. Go backpacking, biking, birding, canoeing, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, swimming, wine trailing, ziplining...
WATER SPORTS & HUNTING
Bring your boat, canoe, kayak or sailboat to enjoy thousands of acres of water in southern Illinois. Lakes, ponds, creeks and streams in and near the Forest offer boaters picturesque setting for summertime rides in the sun. You can access waterbodies over 2,000 acres. You are within a short distance of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers and where they meet.
Fishing enthusiasts will find year-round opportunity to angle for trophy-size bluegill, sunfish, catfish, white and yellow bass, crappie, and large mouth as well as spotted bass. Just to mention a few!
Hunters will be scheduling their returns for years to hunt the whitetail deer, squirrels, rabbits, Canadian geese, quail, ducks and wild turkeys thriving in the Shawnee National Forest. Hunting seasons, regulations, hunting licenses, special permits or wildlife stamp information can be obtained from
HIKING, BIKING & ROCK CLIMBING
Exploration of the natural wonders of the Shawnee National Forest are found and enjoyed by hikers, climbers, and bikers. The picturesque scenes of Giant City State Park, LaRue-Pine Hills, Panther's Den, Trail of Tears State Forest, Fern Cliff State Park, Tunnel Hill Bike trail, The Great River Road and many, many more...
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THE WINE TRAIL
Shawnee Hills Wine Trail -
Experience an authentic wine culture as you travel from winery to winery through some of the most beartiful country in the Midwest. We offer over 11 unique, friendly wineries dotting a well-marked 40-mile wine trail. Show casing a diverse array of award-winning wines. A perfect adventure for wine enthusiast.
Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour -
Located on 83 acres surrounded by the Shawnee National Forest. Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour consists of 8 zip lines, the longest stretching more than 1,100 feet, which zig-zags across the property's bluffs and through the valley. The tour also includes 11 platforms high in the trees, 3 aerial suspension bridges, the longest stretching 180 feet, and 2 short ground hikes. The 3 hour tour is an exciting way to experience the flora, fauna, geology and history of the outdoors. Now offering night tours!
ART & ANTIQUES
The past lives on in many valued collectibles you’ll find in Southernmost Illinois. Take a peak at antiques located throughout the area.