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Southwestern Region
Illinois Caverns State Natural Area
4369 G Road.
Waterloo, Illinois   62298

Phone: 618-458-6699
llinois Caverns is open to visitors with valid permits from Thursday through Saturday. The hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. No one is allowed to enter the cave after 2:30 p.m. Group size: Minimum of 4 persons. A group of 25 or more must preregister for permits prior to arrival. Youth groups require 1 adult leader for each 5 minors.

There is no admission charge, but guests are required to complete an application permit at the site office before entering the cave. Visitors are required to be in groups of four or more, have sturdy boots, a hard hat and three sources of light per person.

Illinois Caverns State Natural Area is a 120-acre preserve owned by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The main attraction of the site is an uninmproved wild cave with nearly three miles of walking-height passage. Located in karst-rich Monroe County, the area contains fields, woodlands, native grasses and a half-mile long prairie trail.

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May 25 Life time experience for children
Took children, scouts and adults through cave a number of times. All had fun and want to go back. Would recommend to anyone.

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Doc's Lakeside Cabin was built in 2012 and is located in beautiful Southern Illinois. Let us welcome you to setting where you can rejuvenate your mind, body and soul.
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68.9 miles from park*
The Davie School Inn - Anna, ILBBs / Inns
Restored and remodeled to created an Inn with all the modern conveniences yet still leave the atmosphere of the old school house. Convenient accessibility to many Southern Illinois tourism attractions.
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72.4 miles from park*
Carry On Inn - Kirkwood, MOCottages and Cabins
Carry On Inn is a log cabin in Sullivan, Missouri. It is the place where you can leave behind your concrete, traffic and pollution, your busy schedules, stresses, worries and cares and just relax and find peace in these beautiful scenic surroundings.
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28.3 miles from park*
Cedar Sunset Cabin - Buncombe, ILCottages and Cabins
Top notch accommodations on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail and on the edge of the Shawnee National Forest.
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