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Address: Shawnee National Forest, Elizabethtown, IL
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Free Attraction - Worth Seeing!

My family and I visited the Iron Furnace while we were in Shawnee. This is a FREE attraction and worth seeing. The roads leading to it aren't the best, and at times we thought... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 19, 2014
Terri D
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Waterloo, IL
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

This is a recreation and there's nothing more to see here, just a big grassy area. Skip it. There are better places to visit in the area that are all natural. Even this truly lacks in historical relevance.

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Belleville, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

It was a huge furnice in the middle of the forest...not to impressed.not worth the long drive to get to it.

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Waterloo, IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

My family and I visited the Iron Furnace while we were in Shawnee. This is a FREE attraction and worth seeing. The roads leading to it aren't the best, and at times we thought that we were on someone's driveway, however once we were there we were glad that we made the trip. This is the first iron furnace in... More 

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Greenville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Another great out-of-the-way stop in Shawnee National Forest. A quiet place for a picnic or just to relax.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We turned onto a country road that had a sign for the iron furnace 7mi, we drove over 10 miles with no luck of finding it. The drive was very nice though, we had the windows down and enjoyed the scenery. Sometimes you just have to get lost for the fun to begin!

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Bloomington, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Interesting site, but all historical info is online and not on site due to vandalization. Pretty area, bad toilets but nice picnic pavillions.

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Lancaster, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

We love visiting the Iron Furnace when we're in Shawnee. Be prepared for a little drive down the gravel road once you turn off the highway. It seems like you're lost-keep going you're almost there. :) It's like going back in time and it is neat to see such a structure.

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Mount Vernon, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

This is a little hard to find, but worth it. Interesting site. Great place for a family picnic. It is close to other scenic parks such as Garden of the Gods.

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