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

Shawnee Cave Total Eclipse Festival

Shawnee Cave | Murphysboro | Jackson County

April 5-8, 2024 Shawnee Cave Total Eclipse Festival. We are excited for you to join us and hang out at our picturesque landmark with your cave family and experience this exceptionally rare celestial event. Shawnee Cave Amphitheater is on the path of totality with an over 4 minute duration. Our event will start on Friday […]

Maple Syrup Festival – Touch of Nature Outdoor Education Center

Maple Festival

Enjoy two full days of family fun, including a pancake breakfast, maple syrup demonstrations, children’s activities, vendors and artisans, and much more. The festival will take place at our Camp 2 location. What would a Maple Syrup Festival be without a delicious pancake breakfast? Enjoy a home-cooked pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., […]

9th Annual Pottery Trail

Shawnee Hills Pottery Trail is an annual shared pottery experience. Everyone is invited to explore the beautiful Southern Illinois landscape and the diverse group of potters that make this area home.   Each potter will be available to answer questions and, of course, show their work. This family-friendly event promises to be a fun and […]

John A. Logan Statue

Murphysboro | Art Walk | Logan

2125 Spruce Street Murphysboro, IL    This Logan piece is considered by some to be unofficially the smallest miscellaneous monument in the state. It is the only monument to a Civil War general that also honors his wife.   Facebook

A Bike Rally and a Depot

Lindsay + Tim Stockhecke www.delicouslyordinary.com 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. […]