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    • Elizabethtown, Illinois

      Visit Iron Furnace Historic Site

      Originally built in 1837, this thirty two foot tall structure was constructed on a limestone foundation and erected with limestone blocks quarried locally from the town of Cave-In-Rock. This iron furnace is the last remaining of its kind in Illinois. It is thought that some of the iron produced h...
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    • Cave-In-Rock State Park, Illinois

      Hike to Cave-in-Rock

      0.75 mi / 110 ft gain
      Located in a Southern Illinois State Park bearing its name, Cave-in-Rock is a 55 ft wide limestone cavern that sits along the banks of the Ohio River. Once a site of Murderers, River Pirates, and a brothel is now a crown jewel of the Illinois State Park system. The beauty of the area and the dark...
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    • Smithland, Kentucky

      Joy Falls (Mandy Falls)

      Joy Falls (aka "Mandy Falls") is a great cascade and shelf that falls of about 10 feet await along the roadway a few miles from Mantle Rock Nature Preserve. Glades and barrens also provide for rare wildlife and countless wildflowers in the spring and summer. Spend an hour or five minutes enjoyin...
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    • Smithland, Kentucky

      Hike the Mantle Rock Nature Preserve Loop

      2.3 mi / 230 ft gain
      Just as its name implies, the centerpiece of The Nature Conservancy's Mantle Rock Nature Preserve is a 30-foot natural sandstone bridge spanning 188 feet and embellished by bluffs, shelters, honeycomb formations, fluorite deposits, and a rock-lined stream. The nature preserve also contains extrao...
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    • Junction, Illinois

      Hike Rim Rock National Recreation Trail

      1.7 mi / 360 ft gain
      Rim Rock Trail follows the edge of the bluff top, hence its name, and features vistas of a slot canyon below, a stone fort used by prehistoric Native Americans, a cave used on the Underground Railroad, and diverse wildlife habitats. Located near very popular Garden of the Gods, Rim Rock is someti...
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    • Herod, Illinois

      Explore the Arch of the Gods

      0.25 mi / 50 ft gain
      Hundreds of people will drive past this trail and arch on the weekends and never know they just drove past one of the best sights within the Garden of Gods Wilderness of the Shawnee National Forest. It is a few hundred feet off the road on the way to the more popular Garden of the Gods Observatio...
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    • Herod, Illinois

      Garden of the Gods Trail

      1.0
      2.16 mi / 256 ft gain
      Garden of the Gods Trail is an out-and-back trail where you can see beautiful wildflowers located near Equality, Illinois.
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    • Herod, Illinois

      Hike the Garden of the Gods Observation Trail

      4.9
      1 mi
      In the southernmost part of Illinois, Shawnee National Forest is a wonderful natural area that transports you far from the flat agricultural landscape typical of so much of the Midwest. Located in the central area of the forest, Garden of the Gods is a 3,318-acre wilderness area characterized by ...
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    • Junction, Illinois

      Paddle or Swim at Pounds Hollow Recreation Area

      This 25 acre lake within the Shawnee National Forest was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. There are several large picnic areas and shelters available along with a sand beach and swimming area.  The hollow is surrounded by sandstone bluffs and sharp cliffs and provides an excellent day pa...
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    • Eddyville, Illinois

      Paddle Lusk Creek Wilderness

      For a full day on Lusk Creek, put in at Iron Bridge and paddle 7.1 miles of Shawnee National Forest beauty. This 8 hour excursion is sure to delight the senses as you pass through some of the most pristine areas in Illinois. Lusk Creek is a remote, pristine stream that provides some of the best c...
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    • Pope County, Illinois

      Hike to Indian Kitchen

      4.8 mi / 192 ft gain
      Designated a national natural landmark in 1980, Lusk Creek Canyon is the name of a 906-acre canyon located within the Lusk Creek Wilderness Area of the Shawnee National Forest in Pope County, Illinois. The Lusk Creek Canyon Nature Preserve and National Natural Landmark features an outstanding sce...
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    • Simpson, Illinois

      Hike to Sand Cave

      1.2 mi / 32 ft gain
      Shawnee National Forest played a crucial role in the Underground Railroad in the mid-19th century. As slaves escaped and headed north, the dense forest and rugged terrain offered natural hiding places. On the route through Pope County, Illinois, freedom seekers often used Sand Cave for shelter an...
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    • Golconda, Illinois

      Paddle or Swim at Lake Glendale Recreation Area

      Hike, swim, paddle, fish, bike, or picnic is a amazing medium size lake in the heart of the Shawnee. Surrounded by trees, bluffs, creeks, and trails in all directions paired with its central location many attractions in Southern Illinois, Lake Glendale is a great spot to spend a day or a week. Fr...
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    • Golconda, Illinois

      Camp at Oak Point Campground

      Oak Point Campground is located in the Lake Glendale Recreation Area, there are 34 full hook up sites and 25 primitive tent camping sites. Group camping is also available at the Duck Bay Shelter and the Goose Bay Shelter. All sites are first come first serve and does get crowded on Summer weekend...
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    • Ozark, Illinois

      Hike Bell Smiths Springs

      1.5 mi / 164 ft gain
      Four separate trails make up the 8 miles of available hikes in the Bell Smith Springs National Natural Landmark. The dirt trails can be moderate to difficult in some areas. Please, stay on designated trails. The trails pass under large shelter bluffs and various rock formations while offering vie...
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    • Stonefort, Illinois

      Hike to Burden Falls

      4.0
      0.8 mi
      Located in the Shawnee National Forest near Stonefort, Burden Falls, though perhaps small by other standards, is among the highest in Illinois. There are many side trails to explore, making this a great spot for birders and photographers. The hike is a 0.8 mile moderately rated loop trail. Thoug...
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    Camping and Lodging in Elizabethtown

    Old Kuttawa
    Kuttawa, Kentucky

    Old Kuttawa

    Eureka
    Kuttawa, Kentucky

    Eureka

    Paducah / I-24 / Kentucky Lake KOA Journey
    Calvert City, Kentucky

    Paducah / I-24 / Kentucky Lake KOA Journey

    Canal
    Grand Rivers, Kentucky

    Canal

    Hurricane Creek
    Eddyville, Kentucky

    Hurricane Creek

    Kentucky Lakes / Prizer Point KOA
    Cadiz, Kentucky

    Kentucky Lakes / Prizer Point KOA