We have information in the cabins on Restaurants, Grocery Stores, places to get free Wi-fi, and more detailed info on area attractions. Or you can ask us.
Hiking in the Shawnee National Forest
-Oak Grove Cabins are less than 2 miles from one of the River to River trail heads. Just travel down Oak Grove Road (South) to McGuire Road where you intersect with Rowan Road, the trail head is at the end of Rowan Road just past the driveway to our Walnut Grove Cabins. This trail is a part of the 14 mile Cedar Lake Trail System.
-Giant City State Park (within 5 minutes away)- horseback riding, hiking, picnicing, rock climbing and dining at the lodge restaurant.
-Little Grand Canyon (about 15 minutes away) - amazing loop trail hike.
-Ferne Cliff State Park (about 15 miles away) - hiking, fishing, and picnicing.
-On your way to Von Jacob or Alto Vineyards be sure to stop and see The Pomona Natural Bridge
-Shawnee National Forest - hunting, hiking, horseback info and more.
-Shawnee Sierra Club Adventure Information - a great resource for exploring the Shawnee National Forest
-Cache River - (about a 45 minute drive) - hike the boardwalk over the cypress swamp, hunting info and more.
Fishing, Swimming, and Boat Rentals
-Little Grassy Lake Marina - (about 10 minutes away) offers pontoon boats, fishing boats, canoes, and kayaks for full or half day rental.
-Cedar Lake - (within 3 miles) Fishing off the dock, public beach open Memorial Day through Labor Day, and boat ramp.
-Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge- hunting, fishing, swimming and boating information (about 10 miles).
-White Crane Canoe Rentals - Cache River canoe and Pirogue Rentals (about 30 minutes away). Tour the most Northern Cypress Wetlands.
-Stone Creek Golf Course (within 2 miles)
-Shawnee Adventure Guides - Personalized rock climbing and rappelling, canoeing and kayaking, and hiking and backpacking guide service.
-Trails of Awareness - Canoe rental for Cache river and nature guides.
-Vertical Heartland rock climbing and rappelling school open year round.
-Honey Bee Rock Climbing vacations.
-Tunnel Hill Bicycle Trail - closest access to the trail from the cabins is at the Vienna entrance.
Wineries / Winery Transportation Services
Leave the driving to the Shawnee Shuttle - custom wine trail tours right from your cabin door.
Take a custom tour with SI Tours
-Winery Tours of SIL -custom tours to either Southern Illinois Wine Trail or Shawnee Hills Wine Trail
Visit the newest of the wineries Rustle Hill Winery - (located only 2 miles from the cabins)
-Shawnee Hills Wine Trail - complete local vineyard and winery information - wine tasting, festivals, and live music. Features 12 different wineries within a short drive to the cabins.
-Wineries not along the trail but nearby include Lincoln Heritage Winery,-Monte Alegre Vineyard and Cellars - all wines offered are from grapes grown and fermented on site, and- Walker's Bluff - live entertainment and activies.
Horseback Riding and Horse Boarding
-Giant City Stables - located in Giant City State Park (minutes from the cabins)
-Rose O Sharon Farm - offers pasture riding and nightly horse boarding (less than 1 mile from the cabins)
-Honey Bee Stables - private guided horseback riding.
-Kosmic Acres Stables offers year round horse back riding in Alto Pass (about 15 minutes away) (618) 893-2347
-Bald Knob Cross sits at one of the highest elevations in Southern Illinois. Enjoy the amazing view year round.
Zip line is now open
-Shawnee Zipline Canopy Tour - about 20 minutes away.
-Rendleman Orchards - seasonal local produce and farm market in Pomona.
-Lipe Orchards - seasonal local produce close to cabins.
-Mermet Springs - scuba diving lessons
ATV Riding Areas
-Little Egypt Off Road - about 40 minutes away
Unique Restaurants near the cabins
I recommend Giant City Lodge for the best unique and close by dining experience.
Giant City Lodge ----------------- Makanda
Harbaugh’s Café ---------------- Carbondale 618-351-9897
Hunan Village ------------------- Carbondale
Italian Village ------------------- Carbondale
Mary Lou’s Grill ---------------- Carbondale 618-457-5084
Pagliai’s Pizza & Pasta ------- Carbondale
Quatro’s Deep Pan Pizza ---- Carbondale
17th Street Bar & Grill ---- Murphysboro
Trails End Lodge-----------------Cobden
Tres Hombres -------------- Carbondale
Yellow Moon Cafe----------------Cobden
Long Branch Cafe------------Carbondale Vegetarian
More Tourism Links
-Makanda Illinois Tourism - things to do in Makanda
-Southern Illinois Tourism - great source for local info and other links
-Southern Illinois Outdoors - even more area outdoor info and links.
Visit Eastern Southern Illinois - Shawnee Tourism site
The Stage Company- live performaces in Carbondale
We also have information on Area Activities and Restaurants inside the cabins.