Local Attractions and Places to Visit:

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1/2 mile away
"Jam Session" every 2nd and 4th Thursday from 6:30-approx 9:30 at the Eddyville Community Center.
Hear local amateur musicians and vocalists as they harmonize to Country and Gospel music.  Setting is informal and family-orienited.
Feel free to join in !! (bring your guitar, fiddle, harmonica, etc) 
No admission charge, but donations welcome to help pay for room rent.  

 

1 mile away
Little Creek Archery (618) 672-4316
3-D Archery range and bow sales. Call for hours.

 

4 miles away (about 5 minutes)
Lusk Creek Canyon and Indian Kitchen
Sheer rock bluffs 100 feet high rise from Lusk Creek, one of the cleanest and most scenic creeks in Illinois. Indian Kitchen and the overlook is beautiful. If hiking it is about 1.25 mile hike from the parking area just East of Eddyville. By horseback is about a 1 1/2 hr ride from Hayes Canyon Campground.  The Bear Branch of Lusk creek meets nearby.

 

7 miles away (about 7 minutes)
Bell Smith Springs just off Hwy 145, North of Eddyville
On the National Register of Historic Places. Cold-water springs keep the area cool and moist even in the hottest of summers, leading to various unique plant growths. The region's largest natural stone bridge. Scenic hiking trails.

 

8 miles away (10 minutes)
Millstone Bluff (618) 658-2111 Highway 147, 1/2 mile East of Robbs
The remains of a Mississippian period Indian village perched atop 80-foot high blufs is the site of archeological research. A hiking trail leads to the site, and Forest Service interpretive postings are enlightening. Petroglyphs from this ancient era are visible on the stone.

 

11 miles away (10 minutes)
Lake Glendale (618) 658-2111
80 acre lake with swimming beach, canoe/paddle boat rental, and boat launch, and fishing. The swimming beach and concession area has a fee. 

 

13 miles away (22 minutes, winding roads)
Golconda Marina
Boat launch on the Ohio River and over 200 slips for any size boat up to giant houseboats. Bait & tackle sales.

 

14 miles away (15 minutes)
The Chocolate Factory
The Chocolate Factory is a chocoholics heaven! There they make on site various chocolate confections as well as their famous fudge. They make many chocolate novelties ranging from chocolate horses to chocolate pizza. There is also an ice-cream shop. They offer chocolate and ice-cream in sugar-free varieties.

 

14 miles away (15 minutes)
Dixon Springs State Park
Dixon Springs State Park has a swimming pool with lifeguard on duty, 45-foot water slide, bathhouse, and concession stand. The park also has scenic hiking trails, shady picnic areas, and a playground for the kids.

 

17 miles away (about 30 minutes)
Garden of the Gods (618) 658-2111 Near Herod, IL.
Amazing rock formations are famous and one of the most popular destinations in the Shawnee National Forest. Make sure to walk the 1/4 mile interpretive trail which leads to some of the most scenic spots.

 

31 miles away (about 40 minutes)

Metropolis, IL, "The Home of Superman"
Every visitor to Metropolis must get their photo taken in front of the huge Superman statue which guards the town square. It's corny, but just has to be done! There is a Superman gift store with Super-everything! Also a Superman museum is located in the gift store for the real Super-enthusiast.

 

31 miles away (about 40 minutes)
Harrah's Metropolis Casino, Metropolis, IL
Las-Vegas style gaming with slots, table games, and poker rooms in a full-service dockside casino. Remember, don't lose all your money, your horse needs to eat too!!

 

34 miles away (about 1 hour, twisting roads)
Cave-In-Rock (618) 289-4325 Cave-In-Rock, IL
This cave has rich history as the site of river gangsters and pirates which would hide out in the cave. It has also served as a tavern in the the late 1700's, and was featured in the movie "How the West Was Won." The park restaurant is known for its Southern-style home cooking, especially on Sunday dinners.

 

35 miles away (about 45 minutes)
Bluegrass Downs, (270) 444-7117, Paducah KY
Harness and quarter horse racing on Thurs/Fri evenings and Sat afternoons seasonally. Call for race schedules.