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 […]

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 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, […]

A Bike Rally and a Depot

Lindsay + Tim Stockhecke Located along Historic Mainstreet in downtown Murphysboro, there is no doubt the Old Depot has endured. Built in 1888 and surviving the tornado of 1925, the depot was the Mobile and Ohio Railroad station and the largest line on the Mobile and Ohio line between St. Louis, Missouri, and Cairo. […]

Summer 48 | A Film Race at The Liberty Theatre

Lindsay + Tim Stockhecke There’s something about a ‘film festival’ that has felt wildly intimidating to me. An event reserved for those who can readily recall factoids about cult classics, know the names of obsure directors and reference lesser known award shows. But when a friend of mine described the experience she had making […]

Festival Lights on September Nights | The 2023 Murphysboro Apple Festival

Lindsay + Tim Stockhecke With attendance exceeding 45,000 the Murphysboro Apple Festival is anything but small, but somehow organizers have preserved the small-town feeling in spite of the impressive visitor count. When we stopped at their headquarters organizers attributed some of this to the choice to not sell wristbands, describing not wanting guests to […]

Sunset and A Concert | A Series

Lindsay + Tim Stockhecke It’s both easy and hard to miss Carl Lee Park Pavilion and Bandshell as you drive down Murphysboro Mainstreet. The hustle and bustle of a busy downtown street can make the featured sculpture, completed in 2010, go overlooked but, once seated in the cut grass listening to the acoustics provided […]

Picnic in a shell | The Riverside Bandshell

Lindsay + Tim Stockhecke I recall the belief as a child that parks were only parks if they had a playground. The idea of a grassy stroll, picnic on a blanket, fishing in a nearby pond wasn’t something I had equated with a park but as I have now had children of my own […]

Small Town Museums, Why to visit

Lindsay + Tim Stockhecke The General John A Logan Museum is smallish, quaintish, and easy to miss for those not inclined to visit historical museums. Small-town museums often don’t come with the bells and whistles of a metropolitan museum but they carry the same weight and significance. They help to make sense of our […]