Off the Beaten Path: Exploring the Bluffs of Cave Creek Valley in Pomona, Illinois

Cave Creek Valley is tucked away in the scenic landscape of Pomona, Illinois. Nestled near the Pomona Natural Bridge, this forest service road offers an enchanting journey for hikers and nature enthusiasts alike. Begin your exploration by venturing down the gravel road north from Pomona, as if you’re headed towards the Pomona Natural Bridge. As […]

A Journey Through Hunzikers Greenhouse

Tucked away in this serene corner of Murphysboro, Il Hunzikers Greenhouse offers an enchanting escape into a world of vibrant colors and fragrant blooms. With two greenhouses, along with a charming cold tunnel they offer, annuals, perennials, fragrant herbs, flowers, and hanging baskets that overflow with botanical beauty. There’s something here to delight every garden […]

Tourism in Southern Illinois

Jackson County | Southern Illinois

from the Jackson County Growth Alliance featured story Jackson County is a great destination for outdoor enthusiasts and beer lovers alike. The county boasts some of the best hiking trails in the region, with varying lengths and difficulty levels. The River to River Trail is the highest elevation trail, while the Campus Lake walk located […]

A Sweet Recap: 2024 Maple Syrup Festival

Hosted annually at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Touch of Nature outdoor education center, the annual Maple Syrup Festival once again delighted visitors on March 23rd and 24th, 2024. Located in Makanda, Illinois in Jackson County, this beloved event, includes a vibrant blend of activities, entertainment, and of course, maple syrup. From 9:00 AM to 3:30 […]

The Big Muddy River – A Brief History

Nestled within the landscape of Murphysboro, Illinois, flows the Big Muddy River, a river with rich heritage and history. Long before Murphysboro graced the maps, the Big Muddy River was a lifeline for early settlers. Known to the French as Rivière au Vase, its waters played a vital role in trade and exploration. In 1818, […]

Paint the Town Green: Murphysboro St. Patrick’s Celebration 2024

Get ready to celebrate a tradition that has been lighting up Murphysboro with Irish cheer since 1986! The Murphysboro Chamber of Commerce proudly presents the Murphysboro St. Patrick’s Celebration 2024, happening from March 14th to 17th! Dust off your green attire, gather your friends and family, and join us for a series of exciting events […]

Top 5️⃣ HIKES in Jackson County, Illinois!

Jackson County | Hikes | @caffeineuntilcocktails

Jessica Baine @caffeineuntilcocktails According to a mom who doesn’t hike very often! But seriously, I wanted to round up my favorite hikes that I think are semi-easy, kid-friendly, and have gorgeous views! @caffeineuntilcocktails #JacksonCountyIL @SouthernIllinoisTourism

Southern Illinois prepares for a large crowd for the solar eclipse

Eclipse | Jackson County | Crab Orchard

By CARLY DICK cdick@thesouthern.com Feb 8, 2024 Updated Feb 8, 2024 The countdown to the total solar eclipse is on, and businesses in the region are preparing for the thousands of people who will travel to the area. Southern Illinois will be directly in the path of totality — the best visibility for the eclipse. […]

Murphysboro’s Small Town Scoop dishes out relief from the heat

Murphysboro | Small Town Scoop | Jackson County

Les O’Dell The Southern Aug 24, 2023 Mandy Pfeaster might be the only person in Southern Illinois who actually likes the hot weather of recent weeks. No one can blame her. After all, it is good for business – the ice cream business. “Summer is definitely my favorite,” said the owner of Small Town Scoop, […]