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Rocky Ridge Guidebook

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Rocky Ridge Guidebook

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*****17 miles from cabin***** Come get your picture made with the giant Superman Statue! Down the street are some small local shops and a great places to grab a bite to eat. Things to do: Fort Massac State park (Biking, Hiking trails, History, Fishing, boating,picnicking) Harrah's Casino Giant Superman and Lois Lane Statue Super Museum Super Bowl Mermet Lake ( Fishing, Hunting, Boating, Hiking) Shopping: Silver Collections 6th and Vintage Boutique Back of the Closet Ribbons and Beaus Boutique Super City Antiques Friend's and Company Honeysuckle Row The 606 Market Antiques Restaurants: Fat Edd's Roadhouse Cordavio's Italian Grill Yesterday's Home Cookin' Bill's BBQ El Toro Loco Sissy's Sweet Shoppe Some Special dates to remember: Superman Celebration (2nd week inJune) Ft Massac Encampment (3rd week in Oct) Mermet Archery Tournament (Late June)
Metropolis
*****17 miles from cabin***** Come get your picture made with the giant Superman Statue! Down the street are some small local shops and a great places to grab a bite to eat. Things to do: Fort Massac State park (Biking, Hiking trails, History, Fishing, boating,picnicking) Harrah's Casino Giant Superman and Lois Lane Statue Super Museum Super Bowl Mermet Lake ( Fishing, Hunting, Boating, Hiking) Shopping: Silver Collections 6th and Vintage Boutique Back of the Closet Ribbons and Beaus Boutique Super City Antiques Friend's and Company Honeysuckle Row The 606 Market Antiques Restaurants: Fat Edd's Roadhouse Cordavio's Italian Grill Yesterday's Home Cookin' Bill's BBQ El Toro Loco Sissy's Sweet Shoppe Some Special dates to remember: Superman Celebration (2nd week inJune) Ft Massac Encampment (3rd week in Oct) Mermet Archery Tournament (Late June)
*****14 miles from cabin***** Small hometown that has everything! Tunnel Hill State Trail runs approx 45 miles. It's a great bike and hiking trail with some beautiful sights. Up around the Courthouse Square are some antique stores. Family owned restaurants like Family Pizza, Ned's Shed, and Wildfires are great places to find some grub! For more info and brochures on hunting, fishing, and recreation within Shawnee National Forest visit the USDA Forest Service Office, located in Vienna Things to do: Tunnel Hill State Trail (Hiking / Biking) Dutchman Lake Cache River Basin Vineyard and Winery Shopping: Vienna Town Square Antiques Milkmaid Creations a& Antiques Sharon's Antiques Natural Cure and Creations (Herb shop) Faith Alive Thrift Store Marshall Tactical Outfitter Guns & Ammo Restaurant: Wildfires Ned's Shed Family Pizza Vienna Diner
Vienna
*****14 miles from cabin***** Small hometown that has everything! Tunnel Hill State Trail runs approx 45 miles. It's a great bike and hiking trail with some beautiful sights. Up around the Courthouse Square are some antique stores. Family owned restaurants like Family Pizza, Ned's Shed, and Wildfires are great places to find some grub! For more info and brochures on hunting, fishing, and recreation within Shawnee National Forest visit the USDA Forest Service Office, located in Vienna Things to do: Tunnel Hill State Trail (Hiking / Biking) Dutchman Lake Cache River Basin Vineyard and Winery Shopping: Vienna Town Square Antiques Milkmaid Creations a& Antiques Sharon's Antiques Natural Cure and Creations (Herb shop) Faith Alive Thrift Store Marshall Tactical Outfitter Guns & Ammo Restaurant: Wildfires Ned's Shed Family Pizza Vienna Diner
*****16 miles from cabin***** Restaurants: Golconda Dari-Barr Tanny's Grill & Chill Diver Down Things to do: Alexander Hall Buel House (Historical Building/Landmark)
Golconda
*****16 miles from cabin***** Restaurants: Golconda Dari-Barr Tanny's Grill & Chill Diver Down Things to do: Alexander Hall Buel House (Historical Building/Landmark)
Hunting / Fishing
*****14 miles from cabin***** Hunting / Fishing /Bird Watching / Archery Tournament Mermet Lake is an (690 acre lake) old cypress swamp which has been made into a waterfowl hunting area. Primarily the area was developed for duck hunting but several thousand Canada, blue, and snow geese frequent the area each winter. The shallow lake also is very productive for largemouth bass, channel catfish, and most panfish. The lake is closed in October prior to waterfowl hunting season and is re-opened in December directly after waterfowl season.  Late June they host the Superman Classic Archery where over $20,000 in prize money will be given away. www.asaarchery.com Dogs are welcome but must be leashed.
Mermet Lake State Conservation Area
*****14 miles from cabin***** Hunting / Fishing /Bird Watching / Archery Tournament Mermet Lake is an (690 acre lake) old cypress swamp which has been made into a waterfowl hunting area. Primarily the area was developed for duck hunting but several thousand Canada, blue, and snow geese frequent the area each winter. The shallow lake also is very productive for largemouth bass, channel catfish, and most panfish. The lake is closed in October prior to waterfowl hunting season and is re-opened in December directly after waterfowl season.  Late June they host the Superman Classic Archery where over $20,000 in prize money will be given away. www.asaarchery.com Dogs are welcome but must be leashed.
Right outside of Vienna, Il sits a 118 acre lake. Dutchman Lake offers fishing and hiking. Shoreline fishing and gravel boat ramp is available. 10 hp limit on boats. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed.
Dutchman Lake
Right outside of Vienna, Il sits a 118 acre lake. Dutchman Lake offers fishing and hiking. Shoreline fishing and gravel boat ramp is available. 10 hp limit on boats. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed.
This 82 acre lake offers good fishing opportunities for bass, bluegill, channel catfish, crappie, and sunfish. Boat restricted to electric motor. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed.
Lake Glendale Recreation Area
This 82 acre lake offers good fishing opportunities for bass, bluegill, channel catfish, crappie, and sunfish. Boat restricted to electric motor. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed.
Wineries
*****11 miles from cabin***** Great tasting wine and beautiful scenery. It's a great way to end the day after a long hike. www.hogghollowwinery.com (618)695-WINE
Hogg Hollow Winery
48 E Glendale Rd
*****11 miles from cabin***** Great tasting wine and beautiful scenery. It's a great way to end the day after a long hike. www.hogghollowwinery.com (618)695-WINE
*****14 miles from cabin***** Wine and dinner at Wineaux's, do I say more! Before you leave you must talk to Jack. Have Jack tell you the story about the bench. www.crbwinery.com (618)658-2274
Cache River Basin Vineyard & Winery
315 Forman Lane
*****14 miles from cabin***** Wine and dinner at Wineaux's, do I say more! Before you leave you must talk to Jack. Have Jack tell you the story about the bench. www.crbwinery.com (618)658-2274
Hiking / Sightseeing
*****7.2 miles from cabin***** Dixon Springs State Park has a swimming pool to cool off during those hot and humid days. It also has hiking trails. Check out, a local favorite, The Ghost Dance Canyon Trail for a beautiful hike. As you leave the area, be sure and stop in the Chocolate Factory for some fancy chocolates and a scoop (or two) of ice cream. Dogs are welcome but must be on leashed.
Dixon Springs State Park
982 Illinois 146
*****7.2 miles from cabin***** Dixon Springs State Park has a swimming pool to cool off during those hot and humid days. It also has hiking trails. Check out, a local favorite, The Ghost Dance Canyon Trail for a beautiful hike. As you leave the area, be sure and stop in the Chocolate Factory for some fancy chocolates and a scoop (or two) of ice cream. Dogs are welcome but must be on leashed.
*****7.5 miles from cabin***** This pool is located in the state park. Nice clean pool with a slide! Refreshments are available at the concession.
Dixon Springs Pool
982 Illinois 146
*****7.5 miles from cabin***** This pool is located in the state park. Nice clean pool with a slide! Refreshments are available at the concession.
*****8 miles from cabin***** What to try some horseback riding? This is a great place to see some beautiful scenery while riding horseback. I heard that if you go horseback riding, they will let have access to their sandy beach, swimming, zip-line, fishing, canoe, paddle-boat, row boat, horseshoes all at no additional charge. Lake Glendale also has a sandy beach available for a small fee. You can also enjoy their refreshment stand at the beach entrance. They have picnic tables and a charcoal grill (don't forget your charcoal) to use.
Lake Glendale Stables & Equestrian Center
165 Lake Rd
*****8 miles from cabin***** What to try some horseback riding? This is a great place to see some beautiful scenery while riding horseback. I heard that if you go horseback riding, they will let have access to their sandy beach, swimming, zip-line, fishing, canoe, paddle-boat, row boat, horseshoes all at no additional charge. Lake Glendale also has a sandy beach available for a small fee. You can also enjoy their refreshment stand at the beach entrance. They have picnic tables and a charcoal grill (don't forget your charcoal) to use.
*****8 miles from cabin***** Hiking / Swimming / Fishing Located next to the horse stables. Plan a early morning hike then head over to the beach to cool off. There is refreshments and snacks available at the beach area along with picnic tables and grills. Dogs welcome except for beach area.
Lake Glendale Recreation Area
*****8 miles from cabin***** Hiking / Swimming / Fishing Located next to the horse stables. Plan a early morning hike then head over to the beach to cool off. There is refreshments and snacks available at the beach area along with picnic tables and grills. Dogs welcome except for beach area.
*****14 miles from cabin***** Biking / Hiking I recommend jumping on this trail at the Vienna Park and head North to see the tunnel that everyone talks about. This is a great place for biking or hiking. Enjoy some of the beautiful views that Southern Illinois has to offer. Bike rentals can be found at Sandburn Junction(490 Sandburn Lane, Vienna, IL). The bike trail can also be accessed from this location and the tunnel is located just 1 mile south of Sandburn Junction. Snacks and refreshments are also available at Sandburn Junction. Reservations is preferred 6187712825. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed.
Tunnel Hill State Trail
302 E Vine St
*****14 miles from cabin***** Biking / Hiking I recommend jumping on this trail at the Vienna Park and head North to see the tunnel that everyone talks about. This is a great place for biking or hiking. Enjoy some of the beautiful views that Southern Illinois has to offer. Bike rentals can be found at Sandburn Junction(490 Sandburn Lane, Vienna, IL). The bike trail can also be accessed from this location and the tunnel is located just 1 mile south of Sandburn Junction. Snacks and refreshments are also available at Sandburn Junction. Reservations is preferred 6187712825. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed.
*****17 miles from cabin***** Bird & Eagle Watching Canoe / Kayaking Rental (618)201-4090 Hunting / Fishing / Hiking (18 miles designated foot trails) Canoe or kayak through 3-6 miles of trail that meander through the magnificent cypress-tupelo covered swamp, rivers, and ponds in a portion of the Lower Cache River known as Bottomland Swamp. The highlight of the trail is Illinois' largest state champion bald cypress tree. Like many trees within the Cache River Stat Natural Area, it is more than 1,000 years old! Hiking trails ranging from distances of 250ft up to 5 miles. Pets welcome but must be kept on leash.
Cache River State Natural Area
930 Sunflower Lane
*****17 miles from cabin***** Bird & Eagle Watching Canoe / Kayaking Rental (618)201-4090 Hunting / Fishing / Hiking (18 miles designated foot trails) Canoe or kayak through 3-6 miles of trail that meander through the magnificent cypress-tupelo covered swamp, rivers, and ponds in a portion of the Lower Cache River known as Bottomland Swamp. The highlight of the trail is Illinois' largest state champion bald cypress tree. Like many trees within the Cache River Stat Natural Area, it is more than 1,000 years old! Hiking trails ranging from distances of 250ft up to 5 miles. Pets welcome but must be kept on leash.
*****22 miles from cabin***** Hiking / Waterfall Jackson Falls trail is a 3.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. Rock Climbing and Bouldering are favorite activites that can be accomplished here due to the bluffs and sheer rock walls. It's a climbers paradise! The views for hiking are outstanding as well. Note that Southern IL waterfalls are mostly rain dependent. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed.
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Jackson Falls
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*****22 miles from cabin***** Hiking / Waterfall Jackson Falls trail is a 3.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. Rock Climbing and Bouldering are favorite activites that can be accomplished here due to the bluffs and sheer rock walls. It's a climbers paradise! The views for hiking are outstanding as well. Note that Southern IL waterfalls are mostly rain dependent. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed.
*****21 miles from cabin***** Hiking / Waterfalls One of the best waterfalls in the area. Not the largest, but definitely has some volume if you go at the right time. There are two separate falls, the upper falls is about 8' tall and the lower section where the breakdown is located is roughly 40' tall. These falls are seasonal, and during the summer the falls turn into a trickle. Plenty of trails in the area to enjoy. Pets welcome but must be leashed.
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Burden Falls
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*****21 miles from cabin***** Hiking / Waterfalls One of the best waterfalls in the area. Not the largest, but definitely has some volume if you go at the right time. There are two separate falls, the upper falls is about 8' tall and the lower section where the breakdown is located is roughly 40' tall. These falls are seasonal, and during the summer the falls turn into a trickle. Plenty of trails in the area to enjoy. Pets welcome but must be leashed.
*****21 miles from cabin***** Hiking / Swimming Clear, rocky streams and scenic canyons bordered by high cliffs. Bell Smith offers numerous hiking trails. This is a popular hangout during the warmer months for cliff jumping and swimming. Bell Smith is spring fed, which visitors enjoy jumping into from nearby cliffs. Bring your swimsuit and hope your not scared of heights! Crowd starts rolling in around mid day. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed.
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Bell Smith Springs Scenic Area
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*****21 miles from cabin***** Hiking / Swimming Clear, rocky streams and scenic canyons bordered by high cliffs. Bell Smith offers numerous hiking trails. This is a popular hangout during the warmer months for cliff jumping and swimming. Bell Smith is spring fed, which visitors enjoy jumping into from nearby cliffs. Bring your swimsuit and hope your not scared of heights! Crowd starts rolling in around mid day. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed.
*****24 miles from cabin***** Hiking / Fishing / Hunting / Picnicking 18 diverse trails. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed
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Ferne Clyffe State Park
90 Goreville Road
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*****24 miles from cabin***** Hiking / Fishing / Hunting / Picnicking 18 diverse trails. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed
*****17 miles from cabin***** Located in Metropolis, IL. This place is crowded on the 3rd weekend of October for the Encampment! The Encampment is a reenactment of late-1700's Illinois life on the frontier prairie features blanket traders, merchants, military units, fife and drum corps, and period-style food from more than 20 vendors. The encampment offers military drills, mock battles, along with story telling and children's activities. Great food and fun for all ages. Come early to beat the traffic. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed.
Fort Massac State Park
1308 E 5th St
*****17 miles from cabin***** Located in Metropolis, IL. This place is crowded on the 3rd weekend of October for the Encampment! The Encampment is a reenactment of late-1700's Illinois life on the frontier prairie features blanket traders, merchants, military units, fife and drum corps, and period-style food from more than 20 vendors. The encampment offers military drills, mock battles, along with story telling and children's activities. Great food and fun for all ages. Come early to beat the traffic. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed.