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Welcome to Oak Grove Cabins in Makanda Illinois

Oak Grove Cabin

Makanda, IL


Area Attractions

We are the closest private cabin rental to Giant City State Park. We are located in the heart of the Shawnee National Forest and Shawnee Hills Wine Trail

Giant City Nature Trail Bluffs

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Hiking in the Shawnee National Forest

-Oak Grove Cabins are less than 2 miles from one of the River to River trail heads.  Just travel down Oak Grove Road (South) to McGuire Road where you intersect with Rowan Road, the trail head is at the end of Rowan Road just past the driveway to our Walnut Grove Cabins. 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.

Fishing, Swimming, and Boat Rentals

LittleGrassy-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.

-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.


-Hickory Ridge - Carbondale.

Day Spas

-In Sync Massage Therapy and Spa Services - Offers our guests $10 off couples massage.


Grand River Spirits - tour a locally-owned craft distillery (about 10 minutes away).

Rock Climbing

-Vertical Heartland - rock climbing and rappelling school open year round.


-Tunnel Hill Bicycle Trail - closest access to the trail from the cabins is at the Vienna entrance.

-Bicycle Rentals for Tunnel Hill Trail (about 30 minutes from Cabins)


Big Muddy Brewing Company -onsite tasting

Scratch Brewery - onsite tasting, food and events

Von Jacob Brewery - onsite tasting, dining, and events

Little Egypt

Abbey Ridge Brewery and Taproom - 618-893-1111

Wineries / Winery Transportation Services

Leave the driving to the Shawnee Shuttle - custom wine trail tours right from your cabin door.

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

-Rustle Hill Winery - (located only 2 miles from the cabins)

-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.

Horseback Riding and Horse Boarding

-Giant City Stables - located in Giant City State Park (minutes from the cabins)

-Rose O Sharon Farm - offers pasture riding and nightly horse boarding (less than 1 mile from the cabins)

-Kosmic Acres Stables offers year round horse back riding in Alto Pass (about 15 minutes away) (618) 893-2347

Scenic Views

-Bald Knob Cross sits at one of the highest elevations in Southern Illinois. Enjoy the amazing view year round.

Zip line is now open

-Shawnee Zipline Canopy Tour - about 20 minutes away. Cabin guests receive $10 off.

Farm Markets

-Rendleman Orchards - seasonal local produce and farm market in Pomona.

-Lipe Orchards - seasonal local produce close to cabins.

Scuba Diving

-Mermet Springs - scuba diving lessons

ATV Riding Areas

-Little Egypt Off Road - about 40 minutes away

Live Music Venues

-The Old Feed Store - only 10 minutes away in Cobden. Local live music and events.

Unique Restaurants near the cabins

Giant City Lodge ----------------- Makanda


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

Carbondale Main Street Restaurant Listings

More Tourism Links

-Makanda Illinois Tourism - things to do in Makanda

-Southern Illinois Tourism - great source for local info and other links

-Southernmost Illinois Tourism Bureau 

-Southern Illinois regional information network

The Stage Company- live performaces in Carbondale

We also have some information on Area Activities and Restaurants inside the cabins.

Click here to view the Central Tourism Region Map