There is so much more to the state of Illinois than flat farmland. Indeed, Shawnee National Forest completely different to the rest of the state, a region filled with dramatic rocky outcroppings, lush woodlands, and enchanting waterfalls. Spend the whole day exploring this underrated region of the state, whether that be by foot, bicycle, by boat, or canoe. In the warmer months, swimming is pleasant, and the fishing is excellent. Head over to the Garden of the Gods Wilderness area to see the dramatic sandstone cliff, or explore the challenging Jackson Falls or the Rim Rock National Recreation Trails. And after a fun-packed day in this beautiful forest, retire to your unique vacation rental for a good night's rest. Choose between hobbit-inspired cottages, rustic log cabins, and much more!