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Southern Illinois is home to some of the nation’s finest forests, parks and recreation. We have the Shawnee National Forest, Giant City State Park, Garden of the Gods, Bald Knob Cross, Cache River Wetlands, Trail of Tears, Wine Trails and more. Come relax in the country atmosphere and experience the wildlife right outside your window.

We are just 45 minutes away from the Hurrah’s Riverboat Casino in Metropolis, Illinois. The Area offers hiking, biking, boating, rock climbing, music, wine tasting, antiques, shopping, dining, tours and much more. It’s all close by and waiting for you.

Local Vineyards and Wineries

Alto Vineyards
Bella Terra Winery
Blue Sky Vineyards
Cache River Basin Vineyard and Winery
Hedman Orchard & Vineyard
Kite Hill Vineyard
Owl Creek Winery & Vineyard
Pomona Winery
Rustle Hill Winery
Shawnee Hills Wine Trail
StarView Vineyards
Von JaKobs

Tourism Guides and Events

Southern Illinois Tourism Bureau
Union County Chamber Of Commerce
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Union County Conservation Area
Cache River Basin
Southern Illinois Tourism


Tunnel Hill Bike Trail
Tunnel Hill State Trail
American Trails
Mississippi River Trail


Southern Illinois Miners


Rock Climbing

Vertical Heartland Rock Climbing School

Orchards and Farms

Rendleman Orchards
Flamm Orchards
Hedman Orchard & Vineyard
Darn Hot Peppers


Giant City State Park
Illinois State Parks and other Natural Areas
Lake Murphysboro State Park


The Egyptian Revival Day Spa & Wellness Center
Mermet Springs – Scuba Diving
General John A. Logan Museum
World Shooting and Recreational Complex, Sparta, IL
World Shooting and Recreational Complex, Sparta, IL – II