Packrats Paradise is located five miles away in Cobden, and has antiques, vintage, repurposed and locally made items – all local growers, collectors & artisans. This place has it all! All booths are owned and run by individuals or groups – over 30 vendors! Unique items and a great shopping experience.
Shawnee Hills eBike Rentals is the hot, new southern Illinois experience. These are “Pedal Assist Power eBikes” that make riding as fun as it’s ever been. Regardless of physical condition young and old can enjoy the benefits of the “pedal assist” and spend time with family and friends like you have never experienced. Owner Jay Boyd will deliver eBikes to Havisham, give you a short tutorial and maps for your journey. You choose your pace (a full workout or an easy breezy ride with little pedaling). Jay can also meet you at the Tunnel Hill Bike Trail.
Tunnel Hill Bike Trail is located in Vienna, Illinois and is around 45 minutes from Havisham House. Tunnel Hill State Trail stretches for 45 miles from Harrisburg to Karnak. The trail used to be the old Chicago and Eastern Illinois railroad bed. The 9.3-mile section between Tunnel Hill and Vienna crosses trails already known to outdoor recreationists: the River-to-River Trails, which extends from the Mississippi to the Ohio River; the unmarked American Discovery Trails, which in southern Illinois follows back roads and some of the River-to-River Trail; the U.S. 76 Bicycle Route, a part of the TransAmerica Bike Route; and the Trail of Tears, the primary route the Cherokee Indian tribe took in the winter of 1838-39 during their forced move from the Great Smokies to Oklahoma.
Cache River State Natural Area is situated in southernmost Illinois within a floodplain carved long ago by glacial floodwater of the Ohio River. When the Ohio River adopted its present course, it left the Cache River to meander across rich and vast wetlands. Among the outstanding natural features are massive cypress trees whose flared bases, called buttresses, exceed 40 feet circumference. Many are more than 1,000 years old, including one that has earned the title of state champion bald cypress because of its huge trunk girth, towering height and heavily branched canopy.
The Cache River State Natural Area holds onto some of the highest quality aquatic and terrestrial natural communities remaining in Illinois. Wetlands within this area are so important to migratory waterfowl and shorebirds that in 1996 the Ramsar Convention collectively designated them a Wetland of International Importance, only the 19th wetland in the United States to receive the distinction.
Totaling 14,960 acres in Johnson, Massac and Pulaski counties, Cache River State Natural Area is composed of three distinct management units – Little Black Slough, Lower Cache River Swamps and Glass Hill. They provide food, cover and water for an incredible diversity of plant and animal species, more than 100 of which have been listed as endangered or threatened by the State of Illinois.
The site offers a wide array of recreation opportunities, including hiking, biking, canoeing, fishing and seasonal hunting programs.
All local wineries and breweries may not be listed on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, but they are still a must-drink destination near Alto Pass and our vacation rental. Take your weekend getaway and enjoy!
The Shawnee Hills is a federally recognized AVA in the midst of the Shawnee National Forest. Explore and experience the 11 unique wineries that make up the wine trail. Indulge in what our land has to offer and enjoy the beautiful scenery when you stay at our vacation rental, Havisham House.
Among the foothills of the Ozark Mountain range that stretch into Union County and southern Illinois, rises a beacon, a monument of peace, faith, charity, and of hope. Towering above the landscape at over 111 feet, and visible for over 7,500 square miles, this is the Bald Knob Cross of Peace. Bald Knob Cross is situated in the Shawnee National Forest near the small town of Alto Pass, Illinois. BK Mountain itself towers 1000 feet above sea level. But how did a mountaintop in rural southern Illinois become first the site of an annual sunrise service, and later the location of an 111 foot cross? The story begins in the spring of 1936…
SOUTHERNMOST ILLINOIS – Check out this website for upcoming events and amazing attractions in southern Illinois such as wineries/breweries, golfing, hiking, biking, kayaking, parks, trails, restaurants, shopping, horseback riding, Balk Knob Cross, festivals, etc. Our vacation rental is just minutes away from all of this.
Photo by Dirt Road Photography – Jericha Carter (Taken at Giant City State Park)
The Mud Dress is also located in Anna on Main Street. Their styles are curated just for YOU — mama, sister, friend, entrepreneur — They specialize in sizes S-XL and have a boho, chic, casual vibe with styles that are easy to pair and go out to rock your day in.