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Matthiessen State Park 'Winter Thaw' © Chris McCormick
View of Cascade Falls in early Spring.
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Matthiessen State Park
'Winter Thaw'
© copyright 2011 McCormicks Photography

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View of Cascade Falls in early Spring.

Beall Woods State Park
'Blue Bird '
© Copyrighted Image Joe D McDaniels Photography

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One of the birds at Beall Woods

Wolf Creek State Park
© All Images Copyright 2011 Watson Photography

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Sand Ridge State Forest
'Fallen Acorns'
© Copyright Betsy Cox 2012

Fallen acorns on the forest ground of Sand Ridge State Forest.

Starved Rock State Park
'LaSalle Canyon'
© Bob Franklin

Cave-In-Rock State Park
© Tracy Barnett

Matthiessen State Park
'Old Bridge'
© copyright 2011 McCormicks Photography

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Bridge over Cascade Falls

Starved Rock State Park
'Tonty Canyon'
© Bob Franklin

Castle Rock State Park
'Overlooking River'
© Eric Hoffman

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Illinois's Southern Region Parks


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dam
2
State Forests
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State Memorial
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National Forest
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National Wildlife Refuge
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State Natural Area
9
State Parks
1
State Recreation Area
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reservoir

Parks in this region are near these Illinois Cities (click city name to see parks within 25 miles)
CARBONDALE
MARION
MOUNT VERNON
MURPHYSBORO

Cache River State Natural Area
When storms pushed Norseman Lief Ericsson westward to the North American continent 1,000 years ago, many of the cypress trees of today's Cache River State Natural Area were just saplings. By the time Christopher Columbus landed in the Western Hemisphere 500 years later, they had grown into ancient trees ........more >
Cave-In-Rock State Park
Few natural formations are as awe-inspiring or intriguing as a cave. The deep, dark recesses immediately conjure up images of adventure, mystery, terror, robbers and pirates. At Cave-In-Rock in southern Illinois, you can experience this fascination for yourself. Sitting atop the high bluffs overlooking ........more >
Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge
Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge's 44,000 acres of land and water contain a wide diversity of flora and fauna. Major habitat types on the refuge include hardwood forest, agricultural land, grazing units, brushland, wetlands, and lakes. The refuge provides significant resting areas for migratory ........more >
Dixon Springs State Park
Dixon Springs State Park is one of several state parks in the Illinois Shawnee Hills. The park is on a giant block of rock which was dropped 200 feet along a fault line that extends northwesterly across Pope County. The 801 acre park is about 10 miles west of Golconda on Illinois Route 146 near its ........more >
Ferne Clyffe State Park
Ferne Clyffe has been known as an outstanding natural scenic spot for nearly 100 years. An abundance of ferns, unique geological features and unusual plant communities create an atmosphere that enhances the many recreational facilities offered at the park. Trails wind through picturesque woods, allowing ........more >
Fort Defiance State Park
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Fort Massac State Park
Experience the scenic splendor of Southern Illinois with plenty of outdoor fun and time-telling events at Fort Massac State Park. Overlooking the mighty Ohio River from the southern tip of Illinois, this majestic location has been preserved and maintained since 1908, when it became Illinois first state ........more >
Giant City State Park
With its breathtaking natural beauty and unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreation, a trip to Giant City State Park near Carbondale is sure to delight visitors of all ages. From camping and horseback riding to fishing and rappelling, its an outdoor lovers paradise. Visitors will marvel at the many ........more >
Lake Murphysboro State Park
Beautiful rolling hills and woods surround star-shaped Lake Murphysboro and provide a wonderful backdrop for boating, fishing, picnicking, camping and hiking. Located in Jackson County about one mile west of Murphysboro off Route 149, the 1,022-acre state park is the perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors.........more >
Lincoln Trail State Memorial
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Pyramid State Recreation Area
Pyramid State Recreation Area consists of heavily forested hills and many lakes and ponds. Southern Illinois University formerly owned and used 924 acres for research. In 1968, Pyramid became a State Recreation Area, and at this time received the 924 acres from Southern Illinois University. Additional ........more >
Red Hills State Park
For wildflowers, fresh foliage and soothing breezes in the spring...picnicking, camping, hiking, boating and fishing in the summer...appreciating the brilliant hues of autumn's colorful plumage...or ice skating and ice fishing in the brisk, blue winter...Red Hills State Park is waiting for you. In ........more >
Red Hills State Park Lake
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Red Hills State Park Lake Dam
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Shawnee National Forest
Welcome Explore the Shawnee National Forest. Enjoy the splendors of the varied natural resources of the largest, most diversified treasure in Illinois. Major highways lead to this heartland. Find some of the most beautiful scenery in the Midwest.........more >
Trail of Tears State Forest
Trail of Tears, one of Illinois' state forests, is situated in western Union County, five miles northwest of Jonesboro and 20 miles south of Murphysboro. Just over 5,000 acres are within the State Forest. The State Forest System in Illinois was established to set aside lands for the growing of timber ........more >
Union County State Fish & Wildlife Area
The Union County State Fish Wildlife Area was acquired by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources in the late 1940s and developed a wintering goose population in excess of 50,000 birds by 1964. Since then, controlled harvest through the quota system and continued provision of quality winter sanctuary ........more >
Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park
People interested in water sports, horseback riding, picnicking or hiking will find that Wayne Fitzgerrell has plenty to offer. The site also provides ample opportunities for birders, wildlife observers and photographers, fishing tournaments, pleasure boaters, water skiers and anglers. Overlooking ........more >
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