Other Attractions in Southern Illinois Near Willowbrook Cabins

Shawnee Forest Other Attractions

Family Friendly

Enjoy most any of the hikes listed here: though, if you are traveling with very young children, I personally would not recommend Garden of the Gods. That is just my opinion, but there is a path immediately adjacent to sheer cliffs.
Walk or ride on Tunnel Hill Trail - Great biking or walking fun for everyone.  Amazing opportunity to get up close and personal with nature.
Garden of the Gods
Garden of the Gods
Contact You’re So Vane Gift Shop and Bicycle Rental for bike rental and drop off/pick up. If you just want to check out the tunnel go to Tunnel Hill, IL and it is just a short distance down the trail.
If you are going to head down to canoe the Cache or hike at Heron Pond, don't forget to take the kids to the Wetlands Nature Center on the Cache. Lots of hands on for the children.
Swimming areas are provided Here, as well as at Bell Smith Springs and a pool and slide at Dixon Springs State Park. If you visit Dixon Springs be sure to satiate your sweet tooth at The Chocolate Factory
For a taste of a historical farm in southern Illinois visit Saline Creek Pioneer Village.
I also recommend feeding ducks and playing at the park in Harrisburg, IL.
Visit an old river pirate cave, then take one of the last 2 free ferries across the Ohio river. You can head down that highway to Amish stores around Marion, KY if you want, or be like us, and just ride the ferry across and back on foot, to say you did! Also near Marion, KY enjoy an actual dig for minerals and gems at an old fluorescent mineral mine with a museum. They even have night digs for fluorescents under black lights!


Romantic Weekend
Hogg Hollow Winery - Hogg Hollow Winery is Pope County's first winery, surrounded by the scenic hills of the Shawnee National Forest and centered in the Shawnee Hills AVA.
Bella Terra Windery - Nestled in the beautiful surroundings of Johnson County, Illinois. With a scenic view of ponds, trees, and our vineyard we provide the perfect setting for sipping wines or celebrating special occasions.
Windy Hill Vineyard and Winery - We have constructed the winery ourselves giving it hopefully a nice southern rustic atmosphere.  Kind of like that down home feeling, which makes our family comfortable and hopefully our guests as well.
The Chocolate Factory - Located on Illinois Rt. 146 Trail of Tears in the heart of the Shawnee National Forest, on the beautiful Ohio River Scenic By-Way in Southern Illinois, across from Dixon Springs State Park and just a short drive from Lake Glendale Recreation Area.
Cave In Rock
Cave In Rock
Harrah's Casino - Casino located in Metropolis, Illinois; home of Superman.
Visit Cave In Rock and the old river pirate cave there, then take one of the last 2 free ferries across the Ohio river. You can head down that highway to Amish stores and a mineral museum around Marion, KY if you want.
Shopping - Go shopping in historic downtown Golconda.
Horseback Riding - Take a relaxing horseback ride around Lake Glendale.

Extreme Outdoors

Rappelling and Rock Climbing
Shawnee Adventure Guides - Explore the Shawnee National Forest and surrounding area with professional guides! They offer year-round trips to many of Southern Illinois' fascinating and exciting areas.
Vertical Heartland - Some of the best guided rock climbing and rappelling in Southern Illinois.
Rock Climbing.com - Specific directions to Jackson Falls, Draper's and Cedar Bluffs, Ferne Clyffe, and Giant City are given on their respective pages.
White Water Rafting/Kayaking
River Facts - The Lusk Creek Canyon section of Lusk Creek in Illinois is 4.5 miles long and it is classified as a class I-III section by American Whitewater.
 
American Whitewater - Lusk Creek is the most well-known whitewater run in Southern Illinois. It is one of the most pristine waterways in the state and is up for consideration as a National Wild & Scenic River. It is currently protected as a National Forest Wilderness area and sections as an Ecological Area.
White Water Rafting
White Water Rafting
For canoeing the Cache - The Lower Cache River Trail offers paddlers a quality canoe experience, 3 to 6 miles in length, through magnificent cypress-tupelo swamp. The highlight of the trail is Illinois' largest, and, therefore, state champion bald cypress tree. Like many trees within the Cache River State Natural Area, it is more than 1,000 years old.

White Crane Canoe & Pirogue Rentals - Canoe rental and guided canoe trips.
618-201-4090
4-Wheeling
General Information - This link has general information about locations where you can use your ATV.
Scuba Diving
Mermet Springs - Mermet Springs is a full service dive site and scuba training facility that offers on-site scuba instruction. We strive for excellence and cater to dive shops, instructors, students and certified scuba divers of all experience levels and certifying agencies.
River-to-River Extended Hike or Annual Run
Illinois River to River Relay - Teams of eight runners compete on an 80-mile course. Each runner completes three sections that range in length from 2.5 to 4 miles. Teams are started in groups every 30 minutes beginning at 6:15am and continuing until the last group is started at 8:45am.

River to River Trail - The River-to-River Trail as a concept has been a part of the Shawnee National Forest since its beginning. Until recently, however, the trail started from Cave-In-Rock and ended at the crossing of route 45 for a distance of about 80 miles.

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