Mark's Guidebook

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Mark's Guidebook

Sightseeing

Garden of the Gods trail is an easy hike for those wanting to see beautiful vistas and interesting rock formations. While atop the cliffs visitors will see the landscape of Southern Illinois and what sets it apart from the rest of Illinois.
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Garden of the Gods
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Garden of the Gods trail is an easy hike for those wanting to see beautiful vistas and interesting rock formations. While atop the cliffs visitors will see the landscape of Southern Illinois and what sets it apart from the rest of Illinois.
On the shore of the Ohio River lies an abandoned pirates den waiting to be explored.
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Cave-In-Rock
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On the shore of the Ohio River lies an abandoned pirates den waiting to be explored.
A moderate hike that will reveal an ancient Native American stronghold and some fascinating rock formations. For those who don’t mind a moderate hike this is a must see.
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Rim Rock's National Recreation Trail
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A moderate hike that will reveal an ancient Native American stronghold and some fascinating rock formations. For those who don’t mind a moderate hike this is a must see.
A level hike into a bald cypress swamp that resembles the bayou of Louisiana (without the gators).
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Cache River State Natural Area
930 Sunflower Lane
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A level hike into a bald cypress swamp that resembles the bayou of Louisiana (without the gators).
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Bell Smith Springs Scenic Area
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Horseback Riding

Lake Glendale Stables & Equestrian Center
165 Lake Rd

Swimming

A National Forest Park with camping and a large lake with a swimming beach.
Lake Glendale Recreation Area
A National Forest park close to Garden of the Gods with swimming, hiking, picnicking and camping.
Pounds Hollow Recreation Area
A National Forest park close to Garden of the Gods with swimming, hiking, picnicking and camping.

Food scene

Everybody’s favorite place to get local river catfish fried to perfection. Just don’t expect “fast food” here, the fish isn’t fried until you order it. Expect long wait times on the weekends.
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E'Town River Restaurant
251 1st Street
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Everybody’s favorite place to get local river catfish fried to perfection. Just don’t expect “fast food” here, the fish isn’t fried until you order it. Expect long wait times on the weekends.
The local watering hole. Great food on the weekends and many a drink and conversation daily.
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Diver Down
159 IL-146
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The local watering hole. Great food on the weekends and many a drink and conversation daily.
Local hangout with live bands in outdoor pavilion.
Shotgun Eddys
510 Straight Street
Local hangout with live bands in outdoor pavilion.
Tanny's Grill and Chill
319 E Main St
A quaint place in a large horse campground that has a large menu and a Bloody Mary you can make a meal out of.
Trail End Restaurant
5320 Thacker Hollow Road
A quaint place in a large horse campground that has a large menu and a Bloody Mary you can make a meal out of.
A place to go for anyone with a sweet tooth.
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Chocolate Factory
990 Illinois 146
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A place to go for anyone with a sweet tooth.
Local Ma and Pa cuisine.
Smoke on the Ohio
316 Main Street
Local Ma and Pa cuisine.
The old time general store like your Grampa used to go to. Not far from Garden of the Gods, this is where on Fridays you can get a fish dinner for old time price. Through the week they have groceries and a deli. Sit down and visit with the locals while eating.
Harbison's Country Market
The old time general store like your Grampa used to go to. Not far from Garden of the Gods, this is where on Fridays you can get a fish dinner for old time price. Through the week they have groceries and a deli. Sit down and visit with the locals while eating.
Golconda’s bar and grill. If you like a good burger this is the place. With many sides to choose from.
Lusk Creek Liquor and Gaming
Golconda’s bar and grill. If you like a good burger this is the place. With many sides to choose from.

Winery

Hogg Hollow Winery
48 E Glendale Rd
On the weekends their resteraunt "Wineaux's" serves excellent dishes to go with their wine selection. A must visit when visiting Cache River Preserve.
Cache River Basin Vineyard & Winery
315 Forman Lane
On the weekends their resteraunt "Wineaux's" serves excellent dishes to go with their wine selection. A must visit when visiting Cache River Preserve.
An Amish general store in the heart of Marion Kentucky Amish country.
Yoders Variety Store
An Amish general store in the heart of Marion Kentucky Amish country.

Rock climbing

For those who like to rock climb or those who just spectate, eg. myself, Jackson falls offers over 500 named climbing routes and some beautiful scenery. Before going do a little research, it is very remote and very primitive with no signage or on site information.
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Jackson Falls
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For those who like to rock climb or those who just spectate, eg. myself, Jackson falls offers over 500 named climbing routes and some beautiful scenery. Before going do a little research, it is very remote and very primitive with no signage or on site information.