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Guidebook for Cobden

Bonnie

Guidebook for Cobden

Food Scene
There are many delicious food venues in the area. These are a few favourites that are close to the roost - 5 to 15 minute drive. Enjoy!!!
I can't say enough good things about this quaint, family-run business. The food is authentic and delicious. It's affordable for the whole family. Dine in, outside on the patio or take with you. They are open everyday from 11am to 6pm except Sundays.
Taqueria Pequena
105 South Appleknocker
I can't say enough good things about this quaint, family-run business. The food is authentic and delicious. It's affordable for the whole family. Dine in, outside on the patio or take with you. They are open everyday from 11am to 6pm except Sundays.
Delicious food for lunch or a special dinner out. Located at Hedman Vineyards on the way up to Bald Knob. Check their website or facebook page for hours as they vary seasonally.
Peach Barn Cafe
560 Chestnut St
Delicious food for lunch or a special dinner out. Located at Hedman Vineyards on the way up to Bald Knob. Check their website or facebook page for hours as they vary seasonally.
Great pizza! Homemade crust and sauce. Even the side salad has extra goodies. Homemade pretzels and buns with Italian beef and other yummy toppings. Gluten free options are homemade as well. Great food. Great folks. Open Wednesday to Sunday(lunch hours on weekends only).
Downtown Abbey
215 N Appleknocker Dr
Great pizza! Homemade crust and sauce. Even the side salad has extra goodies. Homemade pretzels and buns with Italian beef and other yummy toppings. Gluten free options are homemade as well. Great food. Great folks. Open Wednesday to Sunday(lunch hours on weekends only).
Iron Whisk is a culinary experience! I highly recommend having a breakfast or lunch here during your stay. They are located next to our store - Packrats Paradise Antique Mall - in Cobden and are open Thursday to Sunday 7amish to 2pmish. Delicious!!!
The Iron Whisk Bistro & Bar
200 S Front St
Iron Whisk is a culinary experience! I highly recommend having a breakfast or lunch here during your stay. They are located next to our store - Packrats Paradise Antique Mall - in Cobden and are open Thursday to Sunday 7amish to 2pmish. Delicious!!!
Parks & Nature
The trail is below the bluff and lookout on Skyline Drive - the road connecting Old 51 and Hwy. 127. Walk begins and returns to Alto Pass entrance-an easy & scenic trail on the former railway bed. Easy walking or bike ride. Choice to climb the stairs up to the Skyline overlook(which can also be accessed by car just outside of Alto Pass). Rock climbers enjoy the bluffs.
Quetil Trail
The trail is below the bluff and lookout on Skyline Drive - the road connecting Old 51 and Hwy. 127. Walk begins and returns to Alto Pass entrance-an easy & scenic trail on the former railway bed. Easy walking or bike ride. Choice to climb the stairs up to the Skyline overlook(which can also be accessed by car just outside of Alto Pass). Rock climbers enjoy the bluffs.
Holy Boulders has the largest concentration of boulders in Southern Illinois. October to April is the best rock-climbing season in this area, both for temperature and minimal ticks etc.
Holy Boulders
1975 Hutchins Creek Rd
Holy Boulders has the largest concentration of boulders in Southern Illinois. October to April is the best rock-climbing season in this area, both for temperature and minimal ticks etc.
Hiking trails and places to picnic and camp.
Trail of Tears State Forest
Hiking trails and places to picnic and camp.
An easy hike with beautiful rock formations.
Pomona Natural Bridge
Natural Bridge Road
An easy hike with beautiful rock formations.
We'll need to give your directions to Kaolin pond, although it is located on the Shawnee Hills Forest Map if you have one. It's a great swimming hole and has a hiking trail. Nice spot for a picnic as well. A former clay pit, there are still pockets of clay in the pond that you can dig up and shape.
Kaolin Pit Lane
We'll need to give your directions to Kaolin pond, although it is located on the Shawnee Hills Forest Map if you have one. It's a great swimming hole and has a hiking trail. Nice spot for a picnic as well. A former clay pit, there are still pockets of clay in the pond that you can dig up and shape.
My friends Mark or Joe are great guides for trips on the Cache River and for the area in general. Call and book a reservation for a canoe/kayak and do self-guided or guided. I recommend guided!
White Crane Canoe Rentals & Guide Service
240 Dean Ln
My friends Mark or Joe are great guides for trips on the Cache River and for the area in general. Call and book a reservation for a canoe/kayak and do self-guided or guided. I recommend guided!
Beautiful views. Easy to climb trails. Very busy during peak season, but worth the trip.
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Garden of the Gods Recreation Area
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Beautiful views. Easy to climb trails. Very busy during peak season, but worth the trip.
Quite a few of my guests have gone and love it. It's a rocky climb over rocks and water, but very beautiful
Little Grand Canyon
Quite a few of my guests have gone and love it. It's a rocky climb over rocks and water, but very beautiful
Nice walks and hikes. Beautiful views. About a 20 minute drive from the retreat house.
Ferne Clyffe State Park
90 Goreville Road
Nice walks and hikes. Beautiful views. About a 20 minute drive from the retreat house.
You will love the drive through this park. There are several great trails and unique rock formations. Stop at the Visitor Center for trail maps and recommendations. Lodge open for meals most of the year. You might also want to climb the tower outside of the lodge for a spectacular view! Open all year. There is also seasonal camping, horseback riding and places and Giant City Lodge.
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Giant City State Park
235 Giant City Road
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You will love the drive through this park. There are several great trails and unique rock formations. Stop at the Visitor Center for trail maps and recommendations. Lodge open for meals most of the year. You might also want to climb the tower outside of the lodge for a spectacular view! Open all year. There is also seasonal camping, horseback riding and places and Giant City Lodge.
Helpful review: "Nice Loop. Fun rock formations, couple creek crossings, good variety. Poor trail markings. The first part is fine follow it across the creek and up the next hill, you will come to a marker telling you to turn left to the rock formations.... In a short distance down the hill you will come across the rock formation...continue north, down the hill on the established trail, you will come to the creek again, cross it and stay on the trail, (you may see a sign that says panther den with an arrow telling you to turn right, ignore it) follow the creek, crossing it again, the trail heads up the hill to the left, which shortly heads back south towards the trail head..." Follow signs.
Panther Den Wilderness
Helpful review: "Nice Loop. Fun rock formations, couple creek crossings, good variety. Poor trail markings. The first part is fine follow it across the creek and up the next hill, you will come to a marker telling you to turn left to the rock formations.... In a short distance down the hill you will come across the rock formation...continue north, down the hill on the established trail, you will come to the creek again, cross it and stay on the trail, (you may see a sign that says panther den with an arrow telling you to turn right, ignore it) follow the creek, crossing it again, the trail heads up the hill to the left, which shortly heads back south towards the trail head..." Follow signs.
Arts & Culture
Small town museums are interesting to those who like that kind of thing. This museum also has a gift store attached that raises money for the museum. A separate building holds the Historical & Geneological Society where they often hold art exhibits and other local displays and presentations. Cobden originally had a People's Market(was located next to Packrats Paradise Antique Mall) where local growers brought their fruit, veggies, flowers, milk etc to be bought and then shipped via train to Chicago. It all happened in Cobden. Locals say "All roads lead to Cobden" and you'll note there are many ways to get in and out! The Museum & gift shop are open 1pm to 5pm Saturday and Sunday or Friday by chance or appointment.
Cobden Museum
206 S Front St
Small town museums are interesting to those who like that kind of thing. This museum also has a gift store attached that raises money for the museum. A separate building holds the Historical & Geneological Society where they often hold art exhibits and other local displays and presentations. Cobden originally had a People's Market(was located next to Packrats Paradise Antique Mall) where local growers brought their fruit, veggies, flowers, milk etc to be bought and then shipped via train to Chicago. It all happened in Cobden. Locals say "All roads lead to Cobden" and you'll note there are many ways to get in and out! The Museum & gift shop are open 1pm to 5pm Saturday and Sunday or Friday by chance or appointment.
The Old Feed Store is a unique venue for music, markets and more! Check their facebook page to see what's happening during your stay.
The Old Feed Store
111 North Appleknocker Drive
The Old Feed Store is a unique venue for music, markets and more! Check their facebook page to see what's happening during your stay.
The whole Makanda Boardwalk is a must visit. Make sure to ask where the Rainmaker's Garden is as the entrance is hidden. Little shops on the boardwalk, a yoga studio with massage, plus other artists located nearby or across the tracks. Renascence house often has events as does the town itself - known for Vulturefest and famous for being the crossroads of the 2017 Eclipse(longest point of duration) and again in 2024.
Rainmaker Art Studio
530 Makanda Rd
The whole Makanda Boardwalk is a must visit. Make sure to ask where the Rainmaker's Garden is as the entrance is hidden. Little shops on the boardwalk, a yoga studio with massage, plus other artists located nearby or across the tracks. Renascence house often has events as does the town itself - known for Vulturefest and famous for being the crossroads of the 2017 Eclipse(longest point of duration) and again in 2024.
Packrats Paradise Antique Mall is a must-see stop for unique vintage, antique, art and locally crafted items. Open Tuesday to Sunday March to November then Thursday to Sunday from Thanksgiving to the first week of March. Paul & Bonnie, your hosts, are the owners.
220 S Front St
220 S Front St
Packrats Paradise Antique Mall is a must-see stop for unique vintage, antique, art and locally crafted items. Open Tuesday to Sunday March to November then Thursday to Sunday from Thanksgiving to the first week of March. Paul & Bonnie, your hosts, are the owners.
Everything Else
In Sync has a massage therapist for everyone's needs. If you are on your own, a couple or with a few people they will try to accommodate your schedule. Ask about prebooking - I'm the manager there : )
In Sync Mind Body Therapy Center
2031 South Illinois Avenue
In Sync has a massage therapist for everyone's needs. If you are on your own, a couple or with a few people they will try to accommodate your schedule. Ask about prebooking - I'm the manager there : )
On the way up to Bald Knob you will pass through the historic town of Alto Pass. Pick up something for a picnic at Grammer's Market. Alto Clay Works is located on the way out to Hwy. 127. You'll also find Rendleman Orchards Market, Van Jacob Winery and Alto Vineyards as you head west.
Alto Pass
On the way up to Bald Knob you will pass through the historic town of Alto Pass. Pick up something for a picnic at Grammer's Market. Alto Clay Works is located on the way out to Hwy. 127. You'll also find Rendleman Orchards Market, Van Jacob Winery and Alto Vineyards as you head west.
The retreat house is about 2 miles from the historic Village of Cobden. There are several shops, restaurants, a little grocery store, children's park and even a little museum.
Cobden
The retreat house is about 2 miles from the historic Village of Cobden. There are several shops, restaurants, a little grocery store, children's park and even a little museum.
have not been, but have heard from many people who have gone ziplining with Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tours. It's a 20 minute drive from the retreat house. I believe you have to book ahead.
Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour
635 Robinson Hill Road
have not been, but have heard from many people who have gone ziplining with Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tours. It's a 20 minute drive from the retreat house. I believe you have to book ahead.
Bald Knob is the highest point in Southern Illinois. The view is spectular and the drive up there is lovely as well.
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Bald Knob Cross of Peace
3630 Bald Knob Road
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Bald Knob is the highest point in Southern Illinois. The view is spectular and the drive up there is lovely as well.
Massage by appointment, yoga classes and workshops. Owner Anne Discepelo is also one of the facilitators for retreats at Center For Lost Arts. She offers a Pay What You Can class on Sunday afternoons at 1pm.
Healing Traditions Massage and Yoga
520 Makanda Rd
Massage by appointment, yoga classes and workshops. Owner Anne Discepelo is also one of the facilitators for retreats at Center For Lost Arts. She offers a Pay What You Can class on Sunday afternoons at 1pm.
Shawnee Wine Trail
The Shawnee Wine Trail meanders throughout Southernmost Illinois. Center For Lost Arts is basically in the middle so you can go any direction to: Alto Vineyards and Pomona Winery out 127, Owl Creek Vineyard & Cidery on Cobden School Road, Lincoln Heritage Winery south on Old 51, and Starview, Blue Sky and more wineries across New 51. You'll find a map and brochure in the binder of Eva's Roost.
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Shawnee Hills Wine Trail
2865 Hickory Ridge Rd
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The Shawnee Wine Trail meanders throughout Southernmost Illinois. Center For Lost Arts is basically in the middle so you can go any direction to: Alto Vineyards and Pomona Winery out 127, Owl Creek Vineyard & Cidery on Cobden School Road, Lincoln Heritage Winery south on Old 51, and Starview, Blue Sky and more wineries across New 51. You'll find a map and brochure in the binder of Eva's Roost.
Sightseeing
Makanda