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Address: Shawnee National Forest, Elizabethtown, IL
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Cool place to stop

We found this location to be easy to find - some places said it was hard to find. The furnace was much bigger than I had envisioned. Make sure you read up on it before going... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
Jackie H
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DeKalb, Illinois, United States
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Detroit, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

No description of the attraction or its importance to the history of the area. Seems to be neglected.

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DeKalb, Illinois, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We found this location to be easy to find - some places said it was hard to find. The furnace was much bigger than I had envisioned. Make sure you read up on it before going - there isn't any descriptive signage about it.

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Thank Jackie H
Metropolis Illinois
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46 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

On of the nicer preserved Furnaces in the area. Pretty little park with an area that the "locals" swim at.

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Thank acupateaacres
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 via mobile

It's OK, neat to see, but the gravel roads you have to take to get there should be taken into consideration. Roads start off paved but turn to gravel for most of the way. Some nice scenery along the way but not a must see.

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Thank mshaffer06
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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Thank Justin M
Belleville, Illinois
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 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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Thank Connie W
Waterloo, IL
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
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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Thank Terri D
Greenville, North Carolina
2 reviews
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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Thank David B
Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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Thank Kashia H
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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