Outdoor Recreation -                          Shawnee National Forest

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


Ferne Clyffe State Park

Rt. 37 South
Goreville, IL 62939
Phone: 618-995-2411
2430 acre park

Fort Massac

1308 East 5th St.
Metropolis, IL 62960
Phone: 618-524-9321
Oldest State Park in Illinois

Garden of the Gods

Phone: 618.658.2111
Great place to hike and observe Nature

Giant City Stables

722 Giant City Rd.
Makanda, IL 62958
Phone: (618) 529-4110
Located in the heart of Giant City State Park, just 10 miles south of Rt 13 (Carbondale, IL) on Giant City Road. Giant City Stables offers guided horseback  trail rides, as well as a variety of summer horse camps and horseback riding lessons for groups and individuals. For our younger horse lovers, we offer pony rides. The Stables is open Mid March through Mid November for guided horseback trail rides and open year round for all other activities.

Giant City State Park

With its breathtaking natural beauty and unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreation, a trip to Giant City State Park near Carbondale is sure to delight visitors of all ages.

Iron Furnace

Historical Site

Lincoln Memorial Park

521 N. Main Street
Jonesboro, IL 62952
Lincoln Memorial Park is the site of the third of seven debates between Abraham Lincoln and Steven A. Douglas for the 1858 Illinois U.S. Senate seat. There are two historical markers in the park. The oldest consists of a plaque set in stone between statues of Lincoln and Douglas.

Pomona Natural Bridge

Natural Wonder of Southern Illinois

Pounds Hollow

A picturesque setting, Pounds Hollow campground and lake are tucked away amongst the Shawnee Hills, where you can relax and get away from it all. Completed in the early 1940¿s, Pounds Hollow Lake is popular for the same reasons it was 60 years ago and continues to provide opportunities to picnic, fish, swim, camp and hike.

Quetil Trail

The trail is a nice level grade and interesting signs give railroad history and natural history.
One of the highlights of the trail is a rock staircase  built into a sandstone crack in the bluff.  This leads to a nice picnic shelter and one of the best lookout points in Illinois.  A sandstone bluff  provides excellent views of the undulating Illinois Ozarks and the Bald Knob Cross.  This scenic point is also accessible by a vehicle by a secondary road that leads to Cobden.


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


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