Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the adventure trails located throughout Illinois. These are one of the best ways to enjoy the southernmost parts of the state and take in nature at its best. You can explore the beautiful scenery and sites around Shawnee Forest Country, enjoy a few hours of golfing, or just visit area wineries to enjoy some local and regional wines. The historic city of Carbondale is home to Southern Illinois University and is filled with shops, restaurants, and historic sites. It’s also where you’ll find the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail.
Explore the artist colony of Makanda, a small town filled with local art. You can go hiking at Giant City State Park or explore the outskirts of the Shawnee National Forest around Little Grand Canyon in Pomona, Alto Pass, and Cobden to round out your adventure.
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The southernmost cities in Illinois boast some of the most beautiful scenery in the state and are home to several farms, farm-to-table restaurants, and wineries. Enjoy agritourism with a self-guided tour of farm sites or wineries and indulge in some local food for a true taste of Illinois.
Discover the great outdoors as you explore the trails around the Shawnee National Forest, Little Grand Canyon and Giant City State Park. You’ll find miles of hiking trails as well as historic sites and the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail in this part of southern Illinois so be sure to spend some time at area parks.
Sports and outdoor activities might be the highlights of your itinerary when visiting Southern Illinois because this region has an abundance of trails and terrain that’s perfect for an outdoor adventure. Enjoy adventure activities around Little Grand Canyon or the Shawnee National Forest, or catch local sports in some of the smaller towns.