Everyone deserves a great Birthday getaway, and a friend suggested a bed and breakfast style cabin about an hour away from me called Rimrock Dogwood Cabins deep in the Shawnee National Forest. I am going to rave about them because you should simply stop what you are doing and call them RIGHT NOW. Bob and Dixie Dart own about 300 acres across from Rim rock National Recreation Trail in Hardin County. They are sweet, funny, and went out of their way to help make our stay romantic and secluded.
Our little cabin was cute & cozy! It was called Cougar’s Bluff and everywhere you looked was a piece of art on cougars. On the table was a journal from past guests. I read through about five years worth – it made the stay feel very personal, not like staying anonymously in a hotel but staying in someone’s guest room. We made sure to add our entry when we left.
We went across the road and hiked Rimrock National Recreation Trail, which was beautiful. This trail was an easy walk with a lot of stairs. The elevation was 600 feet and offers great views! After we got done hiking, we drove over to a place called high knob and then to Illinois Iron Furnace Historical Site. Just the drive around these things was gorgeous. The pine trees thickly line the roads so closely that you know you are deep in a forest and far away from city life!
Hardin County is simply packed with things to do. On our list to do is Garden of the Gods, Cave-in-Rock, Tower Rock, Pounds Hollow Lake, River-to-River Trail, Elizabethtown, Fluorspar Museum, and Stone Face. There is so much to see in Southern Illinois. Book now, and, you can get three days for the price of two through February!
Enjoy Southern Illinois!