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Rim Rock's Dogwood Cabins

798 Karbers Ridge Rd, Elizabethtown, IL 62931-4414
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#2 of 3 Specialty lodging in Elizabethtown
Five beautiful pet friendly 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 fire pit including wood, outside grills (gas and charcoal), full bath with shower, heat and air, screened in porch, satellite TV and wifi. Eagle's Retreat and Deer Run have two bathrooms. Our Garden 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, Bell Smith Springs 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. Hike without ever getting into your car. 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. All cabins have large water heaters and either queen beds or comfortable queen sofa loungers as well. We have various animals on our property for our guests to enjoy.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
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Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
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798 Karbers Ridge Rd, Elizabethtown, IL 62931-4414
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Jennifer M wrote a review Jul 2021
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I had the perfect little 2 day getaway with just my 2 year old blue heeler, Jane, and we couldn't have picked a better spot! The property was gorgeous, the animals were darling and the trails were plentiful. I stayed in the Cougar Bluff cabin which was perfect for us. I am overly cautious when it comes to shared spaces so I brought my own bedding and cleaning products to clean upon arrival. Although I used my own supply, I was happy to see that the cabin was stocked with wipes and sanitizer as well as an ample supply of cleaning products for use during our stay. The cabin was clearly thoroughly cleaned before our arrival which was an added relief. Also, they had this amazing supersized lint roller that was terrific for picking up dog hair (something I desperately need for our home!). Another happy and unexpected surprise was that there was Netflix in the cabin!! This was the cherry on top of already awesome accommodations! We were able to have the perfect balance of activity and rest with our morning run and walks, coffee on the porch (thanks for supplying the Folgers!) and binge watching Netflix at night. The cabins were spaced out pretty far apart from one another so there was never any noise or concerns of any kind...it was nice to have others in the distance but the space was super private and peaceful. I was a little confused about the area trail system on the property and nearby but after just wandering around a little we figured a lot out in just one day. We walked the property at night and got up at sunrise to run near Garden of the Gods, then toured the area briefly before heading back to the cabin. Went out again at lunch time and discovered the Rim Rock rec trail quite by happy accident. The only thing I didn't get to do that I would have liked was to check out the nearby swim beach, but there were no dogs allowed on the beach and I was afraid to leave her unattended in a strange place. Also would have liked to have a bonfire but it was definitely too hot for that! I did not personally meet the owners during the stay, but I reached out via email to inquire about some running trails and got a very detailed response from Steve with some helpful suggestions. All in all it was a terrific experience and perfect getaway and I look forward to booking again soon!!
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Date of stay: July 2021
Mominator wrote a review May 2021
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I've been coming, almost annually, to Rimrock Dogwood Cabins for several years (over 7 years). At first by myself and then bringing my granddaughter. Each and every time has been a joy. The proximity of the various parks/trails, especially Rimrock Trail (my personal favorite) which is literally within walking distance from my cabin, is just plain awesome. The cabin is well maintained, stocked with the essentials and the surrounding grounds are beautiful. Most recently, with the pandemic, I had to change my plans and, as always, they were very accommodating. I'm not going to lie, I was worried when owners changed but the new owners carried on with the same standards as the original. This trip, I informed them I recalled a rocking chair on the porch of the cabin where I always stayed and noticed it was no longer there the last couple of times I came. One of my favorite things is to sit on the screened in porch and drink coffee in the morning (also an adult beverage in the evening), so I asked if it were possible to have it returned. When I arrived, it wasn't on the porch and I chalked it up to it no longer being available. The next morning, one of the owners (Steve) arrived with a rocker and I have spent a lot of time this trip in that rocker, enjoying the weather, the view, recovering from my hikes and most definitely the rocker! That is customer service. I love this place and will continue to stay here in the future.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
F S wrote a review May 2021
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We had a great time at Rim Rock's Dogwood Cabins in the Coyote Hollow cabin. The cabin is a good size for a couple. The kitchen was well stocked with kitchen items, the bathroom was clean and well lit, the screened porch is nice (did yoga/stretching out there) and the main/bedroom is spacious enough. The wifi is strong and there are enough outlets for charging things. I BBQ'd one night, which was fun. The cabin is close to the animals, and that was a plus for us. We almost brought our dog (didn't for other reasons) but she would have fit in just fine (leashed). We also hiked the very pretty trails on the property. The abundant maps kept us from getting lost. The info book in the cabin was very helpful and complete. And Steve and Tara were very friendly and helpful! The location up on Karber's Ridge is great, especially right across from Rim Rock Trail (one of the best short hikes in the Midwest, IMHO). The place is close enough to most of the eastern Shawnee National Forest to allow less driving and more hiking and sightseeing. Garden of the Gods is nearby. We visited in late April 2021 for 5 nights. We will definitely stay here again!
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Angela S wrote a review Apr 2021
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Stayed for 2 nights no hot water,dusty,dirty frudge,broken blinds,constantly running toilet. Told management about this and they commented they would fix it after we left. Mind u I paid 400 dollars for 2 nights there. Also recieved a and degree burn from their propane grill that had a bad igniter. Another lady left a review on Facebook that her cabin smelt of urine and mold. They also refused her a refund because she went in to pee after making a 2 hour drive there. I was doubled booked as well would not recommend anyone to stay here.also upon asking for a charcoal grill they gave me one that wouldnt even stand up.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Response from Steve Melville, Owner at Rim Rock's Dogwood Cabins
Responded Apr 9, 2021
Thank you again Angie for your reminder. We have installed new blinds, toilet flushing apparatus, and am currently investigating that darn water heater but so glad you did indeed have hot water as you stated in your message to us. Thanks to you, the next guests were over the moon happy. Your message to the management reads "Good morning, I just wanted to let u know that the bathroom toilet keeps running and has done so since we got here yesterday evening. The front blind were also broken and the charcoal grill wouldn't stand up. Hot water didnt last to long for showers last night Not complaining it's a beautiful stay as always but wanted to bring these things to your attention as past renter's may not have." As you were provided another alternate grill, and the blinds were offered to be changed out by our housekeeper during your stay, and we followed up with your Facebook message after the resolutions were in place, we felt we had met your expectations. In the past we have provided free nights to you; one free night when our cabins sponsored a trash pickup for the Shawnee National Forest and a free weekend when there was a booking error, in which you enjoyed yourself so much you came back for third visit. To clarify, the burn occurred during misuse of a propane grill, the second visit, while you were here for the free weekend in 2020 that was compensation for the double booking. During this last stay as every issue you mention was corrected or offered to be corrected during your stay, we will not be offering additional compensation. Again, thank you for this feedback as we work to improve our property, so our future guests continue have a “beautiful stay” to use your words! Best wishes. RRDC Management
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Cathy K wrote a review Dec 2020
Hoffman Estates, Illinois3 contributions1 helpful vote
This was a “one in the morning decision to skip town for a night” kind of planning. I called and Steve was awesome. We reserved the dog house and let me tell you! We drove in and I kid you not the sweetest donkeys were hanging out right in front of our cabin. The attention to detail, The privacy, the decorations, cleanliness...five stars. The awesome rooster, their so very cool livestock guardian dog Scout (who happened to walk my girls to the cabin and back like the awesome breed he is). After being cooped up in the house for months, this place even for a night brought some sanity back to our family. The effort put forth by this family that runs this place did not go unnoticed! Don’t forget to look up into the sky when you are doing your campfire. We have never seen so many stars being from Chicago. We were able to hike rim rock just before it got dark and campfire at night. Again, I have never seen a place put such an amazing effort to make sure you enjoy your time there! One of a kind place for sure! Thank you!
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Frequently Asked Questions about Rim Rock's Dogwood Cabins
What are some of the property amenities at Rim Rock's Dogwood Cabins?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and hiking.
Which room amenities are available at Rim Rock's Dogwood Cabins?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
Is parking available at Rim Rock's Dogwood Cabins?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are pets allowed at Rim Rock's Dogwood Cabins?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.