Walnut Grove Cabins are located on 10 acres of private wooded property that boarders the Shawnee National Forest on two sides and the River to River hiking and horseback riding trail. Hike right out the door of your private cabin into thousands of acres of the Shawnee.
We are the closest private cabin rental to Giant City State Park.
HIKING IN THE SHAWNEE NATIONAL FOREST
ON SITE HIKING RIGHT OUT THE DOOR FROM YOUR CABIN!
Walnut Grove Cabins are located directly adjoing the River to River trail You can hike right out of your door into thousands of acres of the Shawnee National Forest! This trail is a part of the 14 mile Cedar Lake Trail System.
-Giant City State Park (within 5 minutes away)- horseback riding, hiking, picnicing, rock climbing and dining at the lodge restaurant.
-Little Grand Canyon (about 15 minutes away) - amazing loop trail hike.
-Ferne Cliff State Park (about 15 miles away) - hiking, fishing, and picnicing.
-On your way to Von Jacob or Alto Vineyards be sure to stop and see The Pomona Natural Bridge
-Shawnee National Forest - hunting, hiking, horseback info and more.
-Shawnee Sierra Club Adventure Information - a great resource for exploring the Shawnee National Forest
-Cache River - (about a 45 minute drive) - hike the boardwalk over the cypress swamp, hunting info and more.
ZIPLINING AND ROCK CLIMBING
-Shawnee Zipline Canopy Tour - about 20 minutes away. Cabin guests receive $10 off!
-Vertical Heartland rock climbing and rappelling school open year round.
GOLF, DAY SPAS, FARM MARKETS
-Hickory Ridge Golf Course - Carbondale.
-Rendleman Orchards - seasonal local produce and farm market in Pomona.
-Lipe Orchards - seasonal local produce close to cabins.
FISHING, SWIMMING, AND BOATING
-Little Grassy Lake Marina - (about 10 minutes away) offers pontoon boats, fishing boats, canoes, and kayaks for full or half day rental.
-Cedar Lake - (within 3 miles) Fishing off the dock, public beach open Memorial Day through Labor Day, and boat ramp. Or hike a mile right from your door at the cabins down to the lake.
-Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge- hunting, fishing, swimming and boating information (about 10 miles).
-White Crane Canoe Rentals - Cache River canoe and Pirogue Rentals (about 30 minutes away). Tour the most Northern Cypress Wetlands.
WINE TRAILS AND BREWERIES
-Shawnee Hills Wine Trail - complete local vineyard and winery information - wine tasting, festivals, and live music. Features 12 different wineries within a short drive to the cabins.
-Wineries not along the trail but nearby include Lincoln Heritage Winery,-Monte Alegre Vineyard and Cellars - all wines offered are from grapes grown and fermented on site, and-Walker's Bluff - live entertainment and activies.
-Big Muddy Brewing Company -onsite tasting
-Scratch Brewery - onsite tasting, food and events
-Von Jacob Brewery - onsite tasting, dining, and events
-Abbey Ridge Brewery and Taproom - 618-893-1111
-Grand River Spirits - tour a locally-owned craft distillery
-Take a custom tour with SI Tours
-Winery Tours of SIL -custom tours to either Southern Illinois Wine Trail or Shawnee Hills Wine Trail
-Limo service - Stike Zone Limo
-Leave the driving to the Shawnee Shuttle
Giant City Lodge -- Makanda
Bandanas -- Carbondale
Brick House Grill -- Anna
Fat Patties -- Carbondale
Global Gormet -- Carbondale
Harbaugh’s Café -- Carbondale breakfast and lunch
Hunan Village -- Carbondale
Italian Village -- Carbondale
Long Branch Cafe -- Carbondale vegetarian
Mary Lou’s Grill -- Carbondale breakfast and lunch
Newell House -- Carbondale
Palace Pizzaria -- Cobden
Pagliai’s Pizza & Pasta -- Carbondale
Quatro’s Deep Pan Pizza -- Carbondale
Thai Taste -- Carbondale
Trails End Lodge -- Cobden
Tres Hombres -- Carbondale
Yellow Moon Cafe -- Cobden
17th Street Bar & Grill --- Murphysboro
HORSEBACK RIDING AND HORSE BOARDING
-Rose O Sharon Farm - offers pasture riding and nightly horse boarding (right across the road from Walnut Grove Cabins)
-Giant City Stables - located in Giant City State Park (minutes from the cabins)
-Kosmic Acres Stables offers year round horse back riding in Alto Pass (about 15 minutes away) (618) 893-2347