An Adventure in Southern Illinois With Big Views

Explore Jackson County.

Click on the link or the hiker icon to start your adventure! Hiking If you love being able to see big landscapes you will love this trip. You will go from seeing the tops of trees to an entire lake from the tops of some of southern Illinois highest cliffs.

Little Grassy Lake

Little Grassy Lake in Jackson County, IL.

788 Hidden Bay Lane | Carbondale IL 62901  Jackson County  618-457-6655  Little Grassy Lake is a 1,200-acre (4.8 km²) reservoir in southern Illinois, created by the damming of Little Grassy Creek, a tributary of Crab Orchard Lake and the Big Muddy River. Most of the lake is located in Williamson County, southeast of Carbondale, Illinois. The […]

Little Grand Canyon

Little Grand Canyon in Jackson County, IL.

346 Etherton Road | Murphysboro IL 62966  Jackson County  Little Grand Canyon is a recreational area within the Shawnee National Forest. A 3.6-mile loop trail constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. Offers spectacular views of the Big Muddy River, Turkey Bayou, and the Missouri bluffs across the Mississippi River. Globe Hiking

Johnson Creek Recreational Area

Johnson Creek Recreational Area in Jackson County, IL.

Right off of IL-151 N | On Johnson Creek Rd | Murphysboro IL 62966  Jackson County  618-833-8576  Located on a northwest finger of beautiful Kinkaid Lake, Johnson Creek Recreation Area offers a variety of outdoor activities. Here you will find something for everyone in the family, from camping and picnicing to hiking along the lake, biking the […]

Devil’s Kitchen Lake

Devil’s Kitchen Lake in Jackson County.

South on Giant City Rd | East on Grassy Rd | Makanda IL 62958  Jackson County  618-997-3344 This 810-acre lake is part of the Crab Orchard Refuge and is stocked with rainbow and brown trout. It has a maximum depth of 90 feet and a 24-mile shoreline. It also provides largemouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, crappie, channel catfish, […]

Crab Orchard Lake

Crab Orchard Lake in Jackson County, IL.

Rt. 13 East of Carbondale | Carbondale IL 62901  Jackson County  618-997-3344 The largest of the three refuge lakes, this 6,965-acre body of water has two marinas, 125 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 25 feet. Species include largemouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, crappie, channel catfish, bullheads, carp and white bass. Globe Water

Cedar Lake

5 miles southwest of Carbondale
Carbondale IL 62901