Metropolis: Home of Illinois' first park

Metropolis IL

Ohio River Scenic Byway - Shawnee Forest Country/Metropolis: Home of Illinois' first park
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Fort Massac State Park is a combination of scenic beauty, historic area with a replica 1802 American Fort, and museum and visitor center. Attractions at the park include spacious day use area with picnic tables, grills, picnic shelters, playgrounds, hiking trails that include one self-guided tree identification trail.

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You’ll want to stop and have your photo made at all of Metropolis’ famous statues: See the world famous 15-foot tall Superman Statue on Superman Square Noel Neill/Lois Lane Statue is located at 8th and Market streets George Rogers Clark over looks the Ohio River at Fort Massac State Park Big John This local grocery icon at the entrance of Fort Massac is popular among visitors, too! Metropolis Hope Light Lighthouse is located in Dorothy Miller Park, overlooking the Ohio River. And, don’t forget to pose alongside the Planet Globe outside the Metropolis Planet Newspaper, 111 E. Fifth St.

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