About: SOUTHERNMOST ILLINOIS – SHAWNEE FOREST COUNTRY

 

SITB_logo_colorSouthernmost Illinois Tourism Bureau

P.O. Box 378 Anna, Illinois 62906 (618) 833-9928 or (800) 248-4373

Whether you’re looking for one-of-a-kind art, wine, or antiques, or exploring the great outdoors, Southernmost Illinois can take you there.

The trails begin in the rolling Southern Illinois countryside where you can sip your way along and discover truly surprising and authentic wine culture on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail.  Bed and Breakfasts, cabins and cottage rentals dot the region and are great launching pads for wine tasting, hiking or biking enthusiasts.

Nearby, the Shawnee National Forest offers, hiking, horseback riding, rock climbing, and some of the best fishing along with the all new Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tours zip line adventure.

You won’t want to miss the Garden of Gods–rock formations more than 300 million years old –sculpted patiently over time by wind and rain.    An old railway converted bike path, The Tunnel Hill State Trail is a 45-mile trail winding through farmland, thick woods, lush wetlands and a tunnel for which it was named.

Outdoor sports enthusiasts will find utopia through an assortment of water sports, fishing, hunting, and entertainment at Egyptian Hills Resort on Lake of Egypt.

With the Shawnee Forest as a striking backdrop, the Southern Illinois Golf Trail boasts five acclaimed courses, in a setting that allows players to begin the season early and end late.

With its breathtaking natural beauty and great opportunities for outdoor recreation, a trip to Giant City State Park near Makanda is sure to delight visitors of all ages.   Check out the 82-foot, 100,000-gallon water tower with a 50-foot observation deck that provides memorable panoramic views.

For those looking for a high adrenaline experience, Mermet Springs maybe your next destination.   A spring-fed quarry, a full scuba diving training center, lots of fish and a sunken Boeing 727 from a Hollywood movie, are used to enhance the ultimate scuba experience.

Nearby in the town of Metropolis, the official Home of Superman proudly honors their favorite son with a 15-foot bronze statue of the Man of Steel right in the middle of Superman Square.

Trails to Adventure.  Breathtaking.  Natural Beauty.  And Adventure.

 

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