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Monroe County

There are outdoor activities galore in Monroe County. Places like Salt Lick Point Land and Water Reserve, Illinois Caverns, Paul Wightman Subterranean Nature Preserve, and more all offer their own hiking difficulty levels and amazing views. Visiting Maeystown is like stepping back in time - with much of its history and architecture still intact, the entire village is on the National Register of Historic Places. Then you have great shopping and dining opportunities in Columbia and Waterloo, including establishments on the Southern Illinois Beer Trail like Stumpy’s Spirits & Distillery, Stubborn German Brewing Company, and Hopskeller Brewing Company.

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