Garden of the Gods

The crown jewel of Southern Illinois natural wonders.

Pounds Hollow Lake

25 acre picturesque lake nestled in the woods of the Shawnee

Rim Rock Forest Trail

Ancient American Indian wall, bluffs and beautiful rock formations

Burden Falls

Beautiful wet weather falls nestled in the forest.

Cave in Rock

Historical river pirate cave on the banks of the Ohio River

Drawn by the mighty Ohio River and the lush green forests along her shore, early Europeans settled in these Illinois Ozarks during the late 1700s. Today the quiet hills and river towns beckon visitors for a different kind of vacation. Little changed from the early years, this corner of southeastern Illinois offers a pleasant diversion for travelers seeking the road less traveled. She may truly represent Illinois' Mile After Magnificent Mile.

This is a land of natural beauty unequaled anywhere in the state. Surrounded by the Shawnee National Forest, scenic roads guide you along the Ohio River and through rolling hills with mysterious hollows, rocky bluffs, curious rock formations and hardwood forests.

Illinois Ozarks Video

Tired of driving? Hike our many trails, go for a swim, ride a horse, go fishing, have a picnic in our many parks, explore the antique shops, enjoy a vista, ride a bike, or watch a river barge work its way against current. You can also ride the only remaining Illinois Ferry operating on the Ohio River.

Do you enjoy history? Retrace the steps of Davy Crockett. Learn of pirates and counterfeiters . . . and murder. See an old Illinois Iron Furnace from the 1800s. Collect a bit of fluorspar, the Illinois state mineral. From historic caves to stately mansions, the historic river towns are full of surprises.

Here the hills and hollows are reminders of earlier days . . . where families span generations, the neighborhoods make you feel welcome, and the pace can be your own.