Outdoor Recreation -                          Shawnee National Forest

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


Bell Smith Springs

Great place to hike swim and climb

Cache River Wetlands Center

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

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

Garden of the Gods

Phone: 618.658.2111
Great place to hike and observe Nature

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.

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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