Outdoor Recreation -                          Shawnee National Forest

If you are bringing your bikes you can store them insde the Inn!!


Bald Knob Cross

3630 Bald Knob Rd
Alto Pass, IL 62905
Phone: 618.893.2344
The 111 foot tall Bald Knob Cross of Peace is located in the foothills of the Illinois Ozark mountains in Alto Pass, IL and overlooks the beautiful Shawnee National Forest.

Bell Smith Springs

Great place to hike swim and climb

Bison Bluff Farms

1565 Bethel Church Road
Cobden, IL 62920
Phone: 618.512.5102
Clifton and Kim Howell's herd totals about 350 bison spread over a 1,100 acre ranch. Group tours offered by appointment only beginning in April and ending in October. Usually last about an hour and a half. $5 per person with a minimum of 20 in a group.

Cache River Wetlands Center

8885 State Rt. 37 South
Cypress, IL 62908
Phone: 618.657.2064

Cave in Rock

#1 New State Park Road
Cave-in-rock, IL 62919
Great Scenic Park overlooking the Ohio River. Great Cave Exploring

Cave in Rock Free Ferry

Ride the Illinois Ferry Crossing the Ohio River

Cedar Lake

1705 Cedar Creek Road
Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: 618.549.8441
Enjoy a day fishing, hiking or relaxing on the beach at one of the most beautiful lakes in Southern Illinois. The fee for a single admission is $2.00 and children 4 years of age and younger are admitted free.

Devils Backbone

Phone: 618.684.6192

Dixon Springs State Park

RR2 Box 178 Rte 146
Golconda, IL 62938
Phone: 618.949.3394
Swimming Pool and Park

Drapers Bluff and Vertical Heartland Climbing School

5050 Lick Creek Rd
Buncombe, IL 62912
Phone: 618.995.1427
Beautifully scenic and virtually undisturbed, the spectacular view from the bluff-top will not soon be forgotten. All skill levels of rock climbing classes available.


Shawnee National Forest has great many adventures from hiking, biking, rock climbing, bird watching and more.  


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