The lifestyle in Southern Illinois is like no other place on earth! There's fishing, hunting, boating, hiking, bike trails, horseback riding trails (River to River), 4-wheeling, camping, and wine trails & tastings, riverboat gambling at the Harrah's Casino in Metropolis, just a half-hour to the south of Harrisburg - the list is endless!!
After visiting the Pirate Cave at Cave in Rock State Park, ride the free river ferry across the Ohio River from Cave in Rock to Kentucky to visit and shop in some of the Amish & other shops.
More than 270,000 acres of Shawnee National Forest lie to the south of Harrisburg, Illinois, with lakes, ponds, streams and waterfalls throughout the forest. There are approximately 1,250 miles of roadways that give access to this natural wonder. Camp in any of the 13 campgrounds and picnic in many off the picnic sites. Hike or horseback ride along any of the many trails in seven wilderness areas.
Average high temperatures in the Harrisburg and Southern Illinois" areas climb to an average of 89 degrees in mid-July, and lows drop to an average of 21 degrees in January.
As for the town of Harrisburg, it was plotted out shortly after Saline County was created in 1847 and became the county seat in 1849. There are six public schools for local students, and higher education is available at several institutions less than an hour away. These include Southern Illinois University Carbondale; John A. Logan College, The University of Southern Indiana, the University of Evansville and Southeast Missouri State University.
Shawnee Hills Country Club, a semi-private nine-hole golf course is located in Harrisburg, and is a moderately challenging par-36 course that is open eight months of the year. The Gambit Golf Course at Vienna is only a short ride away, too.
The 209-acre Harrisburg Reservoir contains enormous catfish, trophy bass and huge sunfish.
You will need to visit Harrisburg and the surrounding area to get the full flavor of what it offers. We would love the opportunity to meet you and show you what this area has to offer.