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Southernmost Illinois

Ohio River Scenic Byway - Shawnee Forest Country

Take a 188 mile scenic drive along the Ohio River Scenic Byway in southern Illinois. Stop at sites with rich historic heritage and enjoy the spectacular Shawnee National Forest, and the beautiful Ohio River. The scenic drive meanders along the Ohio River in Southernmost Illinois. The Byway winds from the Wabash Bridge at the Indiana border south along the Ohio River before it reaches the Mississippi River at Cairo. A unique travel experience awaits you along the byway’s 188 miles.

  • 1.

    Metropolis: Home of Illinois' first park

    Metropolis: Home of Illinois' first park

    Metropolis is nestled on the banks of the Ohio River, a wealth of fun and exciting things to do.

  • 2.

    Golconda: River Crossing point-Trail of Tears

    Golconda: River Crossing point-Trail of Tears

    13,000 Cherokees crossed the Ohio River at Golconda by ferry as part of the 'Trail of Tears' to Oklahoma

  • 3.

    Cave In Rock State Park

    Cave In Rock State Park

    A natural cave and geologic wonder with a colorful history that includes river pirates.

  • 4.

    Mound City National Cemetery

    Mound City National Cemetery

    One of the oldest national cemeteries in the country.

  • 5.

    Historic Cairo, IL

    Historic Cairo, IL

    The southernmost point in the state, where the Ohio River flows into the muddy Mississippi River.

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