We hope you are ready to put your towel to good use! If you love the outdoors you can’t miss these great sites in Downstate Illinois. Don’t forget to request your free Visitors Guide so you can take it on all your travels through Southern Illinois. Also check out some of our favorite adventures.
Acorns Golf Links
Enjoy 6,701 yards of golf at Acorns Golf Links in Waterloo, IL. Here, you'll find a scenic nature course with a challenging design and the longest...more!
Albion Park Pool
Swim, play games, fish, or picnic on your next ILLINOISouth adventure in Albion, IL at Albion City Park. The facilities include a swimming pool and pl...more!
Annbriar Golf Course
Rated one Golf Digest's Top 500 Places to Play, Annbriar Golf Course is Waterloo, IL's hidden gem. The course offers a challenging and sc...more!
Bring your family and friends to ILLINOISouth and enjoy a day at Baldwin Lake. The lake is home to dozens of fish species, including Black Crappie and...more!
Barnside Flower Farm
Locally grown cut and potted flowers such as mums, sunflowers, dahlias, cosmos, zinnias, snapdragons, and many more! See website for details! Also see...more!
Beall Woods State Park
Located on the banks of the Wabash River in southeastern Illinois, Beall Woods State Park attracts visitors from around the world interested in experi...more!
Bent Oak Golf Course
Tournaments may be scheduled one year in advance. Please contact Clubhouse manager Eddie Greer for more details. 18 hole Golf course.
Bicentennial Park, Belleville's newest community park, consists of 43 beautiful wooded acres and a number of ponds. It was developed and name...more!
Enjoy ILLINOISouth's great outdoors at Bolm-Schuhkraft Park in Columbia, IL! This park is the perfect place to spend a warm summer day with the fa...more!
This lake covers 136 acres and includes a small, public swimming area near the boat launch, as well as a playground and picnic area. Sport fishermen f...more!
Borsch Memorial Park
Ball diamonds, playgrounds, pavilions with running water and electricity, and a sand volleyball court....more!
The Marina is on the east side of Carlyle Lake adjacent to the Boulder Recreation Area. It has modern concrete docks, water and electric service, a ga...more!
Breese Historical Park & Garden
Peruse Breese's history in photographs, memorials and on the granite pyramid in this neighborhood park. Benches and seasonal plants make this a qu...more!
Breese Northside Park
Swimming pool, ball diamonds, tennis courts, shelters, multiple playgrounds, stage for plays and performances....more!
Bryan Memorial Park
Family Aquatic Center with waterslide; tennis courts, basketball courts, skateboard park, picnic shelters, bandstage, playground...more!
Buck Stop Archery
The 3-D Archery Range is a mile-long trek through the woods. The full-service Archery Pro Shop offers a complete line of bowhunting and target archery...more!
Buck Valley Wildlife
Guided tours for white tail deer, quail, pheasant and chucker (in season) are available or hunt or fish on your own. Cabins sleep 4 – 6 people a...more!
Buckhorn Wildlife Preserve
Just eleven miles from Olney, this facility features deer, turkey and other small game hunting. It is also available for meetings and events....more!
The largest man-made lake in Illinois (26,000 acres), Carlyle Lake is a premier location for outdoor sports. Well known to sailers, it is one of the b...more!
Carlyle Lake Golf Club
This page is intended to provide updated information and discussion on Carlyle Lake activities and programs....more!
Carlyle Lake Prairie View Trail
The trail runs from the Carlyle Lake Visitor's Center (Trailhead) east for 10 miles across the Carlyle Lake/Kaskaskia River Dam and the saddle dam...more!
Carlyle Sailing Association
Located in Eldon Hazlet State Park, the marina offers launching facilities, a clubhouse and other amenities for your use. Open to the sailing public, ...more!
Carmi Country Club
From its roots as Southern Illinois cornfield, Carmi Country Club has grown a tradition of champions, a tradition of friendship and most of all, a tra...more!
Casey Country Club
The World's Largest Golf Tee was constructed out of various widths of yellow pine wood, 60 gallons of glue and 120 lb of screws. The 6659 lb proje...more!
A relaxing walking trail winds around the turtle filled pond through the tall shady trees and across rustic bridges. The 30-acre nature park includes ...more!
Centerfield Park Inc.
Spend the day at the Slik Trak, go karts, miniature golf, batting cages, bumper boats and video arcade - all in one spot....more!
This 45-acre park offers ball diamonds, bike ramps, a disc-golf course, and picnic facilities!...more!
Cole Memorial Park
Shelters, picnic areas, swimming pool, playgrounds and tennis courts are laid out within the forested park....more!
Columbia Golf Club
Located in the St. Louis metro area in Columbia, IL, the Columbia Golf Club offers two 18-hole golf courses open for people of all ages and abilities....more!
The site of city fairs and social events in the 1840s, it now it offers croquet games and putting practice....more!
Community Club Park
Large facility for events, picnic area, playground, site of Fair & Wheat Festival in the Fall....more!
Campsites, fishing, playground, boat ramps (trolling motor only), shelter house for rent...more!
Dahnke Family Farms
Serving Wabash Valley and east central Illinois for 36 years, Dahnkes Family Farms specializes in in fall fun and all things Christmas. ...more!
Deer Run Golf Course
First played in the summer of 1973, Deer Run Golf Course is an 18 Hole, Par 72 Golf Course stretching over 6000 yards, winding throughout 155 Acres of...more!
Dorney's Pumpkin Patch
Open for fall family activities at the pumpkin patch, Sept. 30-Oct. 29. Day activities are every Sat. 12-5 and Sun. 1-5. The activities include a choo...more!
Du Bois Center
Nestled in 308 wooded acres with two lakes and countless trails, the center offers camping and a Retreat and Conference Center. Year-round lodging in ...more!
Du Quoin State Fairgrounds
The picturesque 1,600 acres offers hiking, fishing, picnicking and over 1,200 camping hook-ups. The fairground is host to major equestrian events...more!
Dupo Community Park
Beautiful 14 acres of family park fun with 2 restrooms, 7 pavilions, 2 playgrounds, a splash pad, walking paths, picnic tables and BBQ grills, ball fi...more!
East Fork Lake
This lake covers 934 acres with its tree-lined banks and attractive residential areas. Three City-owned parks are also located off of the water that o...more!
East Fork Par 3
Open to the public from March 15th through November 15th, 8:00 a.m. until sundown, no membership required.
East Fork Golf is family owned and operate...more!
East Fork Trails
The East Fork Trails provides a beautiful place to enjoy nature, only minutes from downtown Olney. There are over 70 acres of wooded area and fa...more!
Eckert's Country Store & Farms
Open year-round, with activities all four seasons of the year, Eckert’s Belleville Farm offers seasonally available pick-your-own fruit and vegetables...more!
Eldon Hazlet State Park
3,000 acres with 328 sites on the west side of Carlyle Lake; camping, boating, fishing, hunting, picnicking, bird watching, hiking and swimming pool....more!
Elmwood Golf Club
Elmwood Golf Club. Three thousand plus yards of downhill lies and uphill climbs since 1959....more!
Embarras River Tourism Council
The Embarras River and Jasper County call themselves home to some of ILLINOISouth's greatest attractions. On your next adventure in Southern Illin...more!
Fairfield Public Golf Course, NFP
Public 10 Hole Golf Course in Southeastern IL with affordable memberships and green fee with cart daily rates, leagues, tournaments, and fun for all a...more!
45 acres of recreation space include a swimming pool, baseball and softball fields, skateboard park, several picnic shelters and a variety of playgrou...more!
Far Oaks Golf Club
Far Oaks Golf Club is a championship golf course that is playable for all players. Our motto is "A Championship experience for everybody!"...more!
Flora Golf & Country Club
The 9-hole "Flora" course at the Flora Golf and Country Club facility in Flora, Illinois features 3,054 yards of golf from the longest tees ...more!
Best known for the annual Balloon Fest, there are also walking trails, nature areas, 36-hole disc golf course and gathering places. This 235-acre park...more!
Freeburg Recreation Park
Bring your Family to the Park for a great day of fun and relaxation. There are 4 pavilions to hold your family reunions, weddings, BBQ's, picnics,...more!
Froman Park, where you can enjoy the shade of lush trees, or maybe even catch a baseball game, played at the adjacent Dee White Memorial Field....more!
G & C Meyer Farm
Find berries, green beans, okra, potatoes and other veggies, seasonal flowers and bedding plants....more!
Gaetti Sports Academy
Gaetti's Sports Academy is the only facility in the country offering curriculum put together by four World Series players. The facility will offer...more!
Gateway National Golf Links
Tall grasses, lakes, wood-tie bunkers, and occasional giant cottonwoods complete the landscape.With a maginificent view of the Arch, this is a great p...more!
Four baseball/softball diamonds, five soccer fields or two football fields are featured. There is also a basketball court, skate park, concessions sta...more!
Goshen Bike Trail
This 7-mile asphalt trail features 10 tunnels and a 175-foot bridge. It connects to six other trails and begins at IL-162 in Troy, runs through Maryvi...more!
Governor Bond Lake
Camping, fishing, water skiing, jet skiing and Patriot's Park are amenities offered at the lake....more!
Grand Marais Golf Course
Grand Marais is committed to building lasting relationships with our members through our high standards as well as continued growth and improvement an...more!
Serving the Greenup area for over 29years. With quality archery, fishing and indoor Archery range....more!
Greenview Golf Course
This is an 18 hole regulation course located in Centralia, IL. From the longest tees it offers 6,150 yards of golf for a par of 70. The course was des...more!
Grissom's "Lost Creek" Orchard
Seasonal specialties include apples (fall) and peaches (summer), but there's a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and other goodies available. Bri...more!
Make music with your friends, family and the people of Robinson at Harmony Park. The park includes a series of outdoor musical instruments designed to...more!
We believe in low-pressure trophy whitetail buck hunting, allowing only 4-6 hunters per package. We also believe in total scent control when scouting ...more!
Heard's Pond Park
Heard's Pond was originally built to supply water for the Louisville and Nashville Railroad steam engines, and to provide ice in winter for cuttin...more!
The Henry White Experimental Farm
The Henry White Farm was donated to the Illinois Department of Agriculture in 1988. Here visitors can see examples of prairie land, wetlands, reforest...more!
Four ball diamonds (one lighted), soccer fields, basketball courts, in-line skating rink, picnic shelters, playgrounds, bike trail....more!
Hickory Shores Resort LLC
Hickory Shores has been active for more than 25 years! Make Hickory Shores Resort a yearly destination for your family fun! There is so much to do in ...more!
Enjoy the natural beauty of Lebanon, IL at Horner Park. This gorgeous park offers a fishing lake, baseball and softball fields, tennis and basketball ...more!
Hough Park is Belleville's "Picnic Headquarters!" The park features a large hexagon shaped shelter in the center that serves as its main...more!
The Hunt Club
The Hunt Club is a privately owned 10,000 acre paradise managed exclusively for the harvest of mature, trophy deer, waterfowl, wild quail and turkey h...more!
Located on Outer South Rose Street in Hutsonville. It has ballfields, volleyball, small lake, fishing, playground, and picnic areas with shelters....more!
Please refer to the IDNR site for more information on opening hours, location, requirements, and more. ...more!
Illinois Country Harvest
We are a sustainable, small, diverse farm located in southwestern Illinois. We proudly grow heirloom and native flowers, fruits and vegetables an...more!
Illinois Wildlife Connections
There are 4,000 acres of deer and turkey hunting with a comfortable year-round 7 room lodge for hunting, meetings and parties. Meals are availabl...more!
John Brown Melons
The best melons are grown by the river, and the Brown family has been growing on the banks of the Wabash for generations....more!
Kaskaskia River Project
Camping (15 sites), fishing, picnic shelter, grill, boat ramps, Visitors Center, tours of Kaskaskia Lock and Dam at the Confluence of Kaskaskia and Mi...more!
Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail Coalition
King Louis XV of France, that is! French colonists gave this name to the Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail (KCT) in the early 1700s. More than 300 years later, ...more!
This fun filled family park is the site of picnics, family reunions, a children's playground, tennis and basketball courts and a skateboard park. ...more!
A re-creation of Historic McLeansboro where children can climb, swing, slide and play. The park also offers a pavilion, bathroom facilities, and a woo...more!
Kingsbury Nature Preserve
Park has 80 acres of natural habitat along Governor Bond Lake with five miles of horseback riding (north side) and walking trails. Open daily, sunrise...more!
Take a stroll on the walking trail, play ball, wet a line or swing around the playground. New to Konarcik Park - a highly rated 18 hole disc golf cour...more!
Lake Charleston is a reservoir in Coles County, Illinois. Served by Illinois Route 130, it is 2 miles southeast of the Illinois city of Charleston. Mu...more!
Lake Mattoon Beach
Weather permitting the beach normally is open from Memorial weekend thru Labor Day weekend from 10:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.. No alcohol is permitted on th...more!
Located next to Carlyle Lake, the orchard is open in the summer for peaches that are hand-picked at maturity for ultimate sweetness....more!
Lakeview Park - Waterloo
Paved walking trail, playground, three large fishing lakes, pavilions with running water, electricity, and barbecue pits...more!
Located on Southern edge of Palestine has a bad shell, community buildings, playgrounds, shelters, volleyball, tennis and basketball courts, horseshoe...more!
Lincoln Trail State Park
Whether you are looking for history, unusual plant life or recreation, Lincoln Trail State Park has something to interest you. Located just west of IL...more!
Lincoln Walking Trail
Asphalt scenic trail winding through the city park. The trail can be entered at the corner of Locust & Jefferson Sts. or in the 1000 block of West...more!
Marissa Recreation Area
Features two lakes, a nine hole golf course, camping area, a cottage/residence area, as well as picnic shelters....more!
Visit Lebanon, IL's newest park on your next ILLINOISouth adventure! The park is complete with pavilions and playground equipment to make any day ...more!
McLeansboro City Pool
The City Pool has been offering splashing fun to the young and the young-at-heart for half a century. The season begins with Memorial Day and ends wit...more!
The 6.9 mile trail cuts across east Belleville connecting the Swansea and Memorial Hospital MetroLink stations with Southwestern Illinois College. Bri...more!
Metter Memorial Park
Spend the afternoon in Metter Memorial Park, an outdoor oasis in Columbia, IL! The park includes walking trails, halls and pavilions, picnic areas, pl...more!
Mill Creek Park
On the Lincoln Heritage Trail Road, the 2,600 acres of land, with 811 acres of water, provides camping, cabins, trails, boating, fishing and biking....more!
Covered shelters, electricity and restrooms/south side of East Fork Lake...more!
Mini Park Gazebo
The Mini Park is an area which features a gazebo, a stone picnic table, stone benches, memorial brick walkways and beautiful flowers, trees and shrubs...more!
Moody Park (Longacre Park)
Sand volleyball courts, baseball/softball diamonds, soccer field, a 1.5-mile walking/running path, concession stands, picnic shelters, a large lake an...more!
Musgrove Aquatic Center
This aquatic center consists of a 395,000 gallon swimming pool completed with bathhouse, 190’ water slide, water umbrella, two diving boards, an...more!
This sprawling park in Olney features two playground areas, including a playground for children of all abilities. In this park you can also find...more!
Mystic Oak Golf Course
Mystic Oak Golf Course and the Black Swan Restaurant are open to the public. Mystic Oak Golf Course gives the golfer a feeling that is not found anywh...more!
Nashville Municipal Golf Course
Nashville Golf Course is a well kept 9 hole public course comprised of bent grass greens and zoysia fairways. Also the home of Hornet and Hornette Gol...more!
Norris City Park
Norris City Park in Norris City, IL feature a picnic area, wading pool, swings, and reservoir with fish....more!
North County Country Club
NCCC is a 9 hole golf course with zoysia fairways and tee boxes. Sand traps and two lakes provide a challenging, yet enjoyable, round of play....more!
The NubAbility® Athletics Foundation exists to encourage, inspire, instruct limb different youth (congenital or traumatic amputees) by getting the...more!
O'Fallon Community Park
Katy Cavins Community Center, swimming pool, six ball diamonds (two lighted), four lighted tennis courts, lighted basketball court, playgrounds, kitch...more!
Oak Glen Golf Course
11234 N 600th St, north of RT 33 at Stoy Road, 4 miles west of Robinson. 18 hole course, driving range, practice green, pro shop, cart rentals, lesson...more!
Oblong Park and Lake
Located on East edge of Oblong has a large stocked lake with lighted walking paths, shelters, playgrounds, horseshoe pits and more. Also, County Fairg...more!
Olney City Park
Olney City Park is a great place to see Olney's famous white squirrels! They play amongst the Park's picnic shelters, playgrounds, tennis and ...more!
Orchards Golf Club
The Orchards Golf Club in Belleville, Illinois — located just minutes from St. Louis — offers a public 18 hole championship golf cour...more!
Bring the whole family for Fall Country Fun at the farm. Groups can reserve weekdays and evenings and the public is welcome on weekends. Animals, a co...more!
Aquatic Center, tennis, basketball, batting cages, mini golf, sand volleyball, picnic shelters, playground, disk golf, and canoe access....more!
Pumpkin Blossom Hill
Shop for pumpkins, gourds, mums, crafts and antiques from September thru December. Mini corn maze and pumpkin picking for the kids....more!
Pyramid State Park
Pyramid State Recreation Area, the largest state recreation area in Illinois, contains 19,701 acres and 48 camping sites. It is located within Perry C...more!
The park is open for boating, fishing, kayaking and canoeing year round and hosts a major power boat racing event annually....more!
Rainbow Ranch Petting Zoo
Want to give your kids or group a personal tour of an exotic petting zoo? Looking for a beautiful farm wedding venue or outdoor event that can hold up...more!
Ramsey Lake Golf Course
Ramsey Lake Golf Course is under new ownership! Dustin and Michelle Finley are great people and they are working to provide a refreshed and updated go...more!
Ramsey Lake State Park - Ramsey
Rolling hills, timbered shoreline, and beautiful Ramsey Lake make the Ramsey Lake State Recreation Area a unique and popular recreation spot. Visitors...more!
Red Hawk Golf & Grille
The Course Nested among the hills and lakes of beautiful Southern Illinois, the Red Hawk Golf Club has an 18-hole, 6,155-yard, par 70, watered golf co...more!
Red Hills State Park
For wildflowers, beautiful foliage and soothing breezes in the spring...picnicking, camping, hiking, boating and fishing in the summer...appreciating ...more!
Rest Up Camping and RV Corral
Campground Destination with Mini-Golf, Ice Cream Palor, Anamitronic Shooting Gallery, Shopping, special activities and FUN for all ages!
Grayville / ...more!
Richland Creek Greenway Trail
This 3.8 mi. asphalt trail has several bridges and picturesque views of Richland Creek. It's ideal for a family or group outing, a quiet walk or a sho...more!
River Lakes Golf Course
Make River Lakes Golf Course part of your golfing adventure in ILLINOISouth! The 18-hole course features Bermuda grass fairways and tee boxes with wel...more!
Robinson City Park
Public swimming pool, large water slides, horseshoe pits, basketball, tennis, pickleball, and volleyball courts, miniature golf, batting cages, band s...more!
Rock Springs Rotary Park
Rock Springs Rotary Park in O'Fallon offers pavilion rental, firepit rental, and has two different walking trails. ...more!
Rocky Point Beach
A beautiful 200-foot sand beach is located at Rocky Point where visitors can enjoy swimming or picnicking at the tables provided here. Alcoholic bever...more!
The 58-acre park features a nature trail with two foot bridges, a meadow and a fishing pond. Primitive camping sites, a night sky observation station,...more!
Rotary Park is located on East Fork Lake and has a disc golf course, fitness path, two covered picnic shelters, a playground and restrooms. The larger...more!
The old train depot, a full-size caboose and a train car along with pavilions and ag building can be reserved for group events. Picnic areas, dog park...more!
Offering - Pony rides, Covered Wagon rides, Corn Maze, Straw Maze, Barrel Car Train , Petting Zoo, Photo Ops , and Corn Box...more!
Shreve's Pumpkin Patch
Come out and pick your pumpkin and wander through the corn maze. Visit the main building where an assortment of items ranging from ornaments, baked go...more!
Silver Creek Preserve
Silver Creek Preserve is situated in the Silver Creek floodplain and offers walking trails, covered picnic tables, an open-air pavilion, and overlooks...more!
Silver Lake Park
Large lake, fishing, pavilions, playground, sand volleyball, archery range, nature trails, climbing wall, boat ramp and waterfowl hunting....more!
Skillet Fork Outfitters
There are more than 6,400 acres of prime hunting land for trophy Illinois whitetail. Reserve your hunt and include lodging with home-cooked meals....more!
Sparks Lazy Acres Campground
Sparks Lazy Acres is a nice quiet place to camp. A mile east of Newton Lake. Our 28 sites have water/sewer/electric hookups with picnic tables and fir...more!
St. Elmo Golf Club
St. Elmo Golf Club is a 9-hole semi-private golf course located just outside of St. Elmo, Illinois. The public is welcome and annual membe...more!
Streif's Country Market
During September and October, visit the pumpkin patch for just the right one for decorating, cooking and carving....more!
Tamarack Country Club
The secret is out! Tamarack has the some of the best kept fairways and greens in the St. Louis Metro Area. We believe quality service and a top notch ...more!
Visit this family-owned orchard in Beckemeyer, IL for apples, pumpkins and other seasonal pickings!...more!
Three Springs Park
This multi-purpose facility offers lighted softball/baseball diamonds, tennis courts, soccer fields, basketball/volleyball courts, a half-mile walking...more!
The Vandalia Lake is a 660-acre lake with 12 miles of shoreline, located four miles northwest of Vandalia on Illinois Route 185 with an entrance to th...more!
Vandalia Lake Beach
Swimming is available at Jaycees Beach which features a large sloping sand beach, plus a modern beach house and showers. SWIMMING IS “AT YO...more!
This 45-acre lake is used for recreational purposes only and is the most quiet and serene of Olney’s three lakes. Sport fishermen find bluegill,...more!
Wabash Cannonball Bridge
This bridge is a most unusual historic bridge, both because this large, multi-span structure is composed of spans from three different dates and also ...more!
Waterloo Sportsman's Club
Enjoy 200 acres of idyllic nature at Waterloo Sportsman's Club in Waterloo, IL. The club features 7 pavilions for your event needs, as well as fou...more!
Wild Child Flower Farm
The one and only Wild Child Flower Farm! We offer a unique, U-Pick flower experience in Lawrence County Illinois. Located approximately 2 miles east&n...more!
Xtreme Paintball Park
Xtreme Paintball Park has paintball, airsoft, and laser tag field for all ages and abilities. There are 11 playing fields all with netted viewing area...more!