My buddy and I were on a business trip from Chicago to Evansville area and drove to this region with out camping gear and planning on camping at Shawnee N.F. but the weather forecast was not looking to fun for the night, so we Googled and called this gem of a property that has a Thursday night open in the busy fall season. The owner was very helpful with directions and ands such are arrived close to 7pm. Perfect, we got a fire going on the large pit, opened some red wine, put some steaks on the grill and enjoyed a great evening fireside in the heart of the national forest. Next morning a nice breakfast we walked across road to Rim Rock and hiked to the camp ground, have to say, stunning scenery, creeks, lakes and cliffs, and I was just in Yellowstone 3 weeks prior. We then met the wonderful owner and looked at another larger cabin for when we return with the families. Then we drive the park down to the river and Elizabeth town, over to the furnace, and also up to grealake named Whoppie Cat Lake...super pretty there...We then drove to Garden of Gods and hiked that area, the observation trail is a blast, lots of rock formations that boggle the mind.. This park is really nice, and I hike and fish a lot in Kentucky and Pennsylvania, the Appalachians and Alleghenies. The cabins are very well appointed, everything you could need is in them, they clean as a whistle, and the screened porched are great, when it started to rain about 11 as were headed to sleep, I just thru may sleeping bag and pad on the porch and snoozed away out there...These cabins are wonderful value, and in the most prime area of the entire park.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Five beautiful Southern Illinois Shawnee Forest cabins near Garden of the Gods. These Southern Illinois cabins are all sizes and include full kitchens and all essentials, linens, coffee pot, electric fire place, outside firepit including wood, outside grills, full bath with shower, heat and air, screened in porch, satellite TV. Our Gardem of the Gods cabins are located in the Shawnee National Forest adjacent to Rim Rock Hiking Trail. Our Shawnee Forest cabins are near Garden of the Gods and Pounds Hollow Lake. These illinois cabins are near Cave in Rock State Park, Saline County Wildlife area, Glen O Jones Lake, Ohio River, Kentucky Amish Country and much more. Southern Illinois cabins are pet friendly and have various animals here on our property. We have a private 1.6 mile hiking trail around our 77 acres and Rim Rock hiking trail is right across the road from the cabins. We are only 1/3 mile from River to River Trail. We are on the American Discovery Trail, the Ohio River Scenic Byway and the Shawnee Scenic Byway. Our Southern Illinois Cabins are in a very private setting on 77 acres surrounded by the Shawnee National Forest. GREAT NEWS FOR 2012. We are upgrading Bear's Den which will have double the main floor. A queen bed will be ADDED as well as a large couch, large water heater and larger frig. Expect to complete by mid March. All cabins will have large water heaters and either queen beds or comfortable queen futons as well. ... more less