Looking for something unique to southern Illinois? From a fantasy park to fruit orchards, visit these local favorites.
Bald Knob Cross
Built as place where people of all denominations could gather for worship, the cross at Bald Knob rises 111 feet above the surrounding hillside. The icon can be seen for miles throughout the region. Whether you are seeking a place for quiet contemplation or to have your motorcycle blessed, you won't want to miss this unique site.
Alto Pass, IL For more details visit https://www.baldknobcross.com.
If you hike the Garden of the Gods trail, you can't pass up the opportunity to take a selfie with Bigfoot as you exit the park. Directly south of Garden of the Gods park on the corner of Garden of the Gods and Karbers Ridge roads just outside of Herod, Illinois. For more details visit http://www.shawneeforest.com/bigfoot.
A really cool park, especially for kids and young adults, and absolutely free! Built on the theme of Dungeons and Dragons, and located between Carbondale and Giant City, this park is completely unique to southern Illinois.
101 Homewood Dr,
Carbondale, IL 62902 For more details visit https://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/18783.
The name says it all! A must visit when returning from Garden of the Gods.
Golconda, IL 62938
Phone: (618) 949-3829 For more details visit www.https://thechocolatefactory.net.
Delicious recipes all made from peppers.
Rancho Bella Vista
220 SouthFront St, Cobden, IL. 62920
Phone: (618) 893-1443 For more details visit www.https://darnhotpeppers.com.
Hungry for a light snack to top you off? Try Jus10's (Justin's) Frozen Yogurt just a short walk from the inn.
334 S Main St
Anna, IL 62906
Phone: (618) 833-1368 For more details visit www.http://frozenyogurtannail.com.
Park and information area dedicated to the site of the historic debate.
521 N. Main
Jonesboro, IL 62952 US
Additional information at:
https://mississippiriver.natgeotourism.com/content/lincoln-douglas-3rd-debate-site-jonesboro/msp50023a81d6d31524c For more details visit https://www.nps.gov/liho/learn/historyculture/debate3.htm.
P.A.S.T. Historic Society
Tour the historic 1847 P.A.S.T. Heritage House.
1:30-3:30 each Sunday June 15th through Oct. 26th.
No charge, but donations appreciated. Research may also be done on local history or genealogy.
102 S. Main St.,
Phone: 618-833-8745 or 618-833-3228 For more details visit http://www.pastonline.org.
St. Anne's was built in 1886 and has recently been restored by the P.A.S.T. organization. This quaint stone church with beautiful arches and wood floors and ceilings was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.
507 S Main St
Anna, Illinois 62906
Phone: (618) 833-9441 For more details visit http://www.pastonline.org.
Stinson Memorial Public Library
The library was designed by Walter Burley Griffin in 1913 and constructed in 1913–14. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 9, 1978
409 S. Main Street
Anna, IL. 62906
For more details visit www.http://stinsonlibrary.org.
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