Cache River State Natural Area

A wetlands area of international importance, the Cache River State Natural Area features hiking trails, canoeing, historic sites, wildflowers, and wildlife watching.

Shawnee National Forest

280,000 acres of Southern Illinois forests, lakes and streams, historic and prehistoric sites, bluffs, and wildlife.

Rosiclare, Illinois

Rosiclare is a small town on the southern edge of Illinois.  It's a good place to watch the winter sun set as the coal barges work in the river.