Nestled in a beautiful southern Illinois Valley and surrounded by the Shawnee Hills, the tiny town of Makanda (population 450) is a diamond-in-the rough.
Just south of Carbondale, this old railroad town nearly disappeared in the 1960’s. But a group of artists and hippies helped revitalize the village in the 70’s and 80’s, forming a colony of assorted free spirits and nature lovers.
Today, Makanda is experiencing growth and prosperity, anchored by the one-of-a-kind, eco-friendly resort known as the Makanda Inn.
At the foot of Giant City State Park, one of Illinois’ greatest natural treasures with 4,000 acres of wilderness, the Makanda Inn has drawn national attention for it environmentally sensitive construction and use of abundant, natural materials and woodwork.
With the Inn as your southern Illinois adventure headquarters, hike or bike the rolling hills of Makanda or visit the Shawnee Hills Wine trail. There’s places to rock climate or ride the River to River trail on horseback.