Ohio River Scenic Byway - Illinois

Ohio River Scenic Byway - Illinois

Address:c/o Southernmost Illinois Tourism Bureau
PO Box 378
Anna, IL 62906

Phone:800-248-4373
Web: www.southernmostillinois.com Description:Byway winds across Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, telling the story of the Ohio River, which has shaped the landscape, people, and economics of the region since its beginning 10,000 years ago. The Illinois section of the byway includes: Fort Massac State Park, featuring a reconstruction of the timber fortification (built in 1794), a museum, interpretive programs, and opportunities for camping, hiking, boating, and hunting; Fort Defiance State Park, which commemorates the Civil War Fort Defiance, commanded by General U.S. Grant; the Trail of Tears, where the Cherokee passed through southern Illinois on their tragic journey; and Shawnee National Forest, which includes Garden of the Gods, named for its impressive rock formations.
Legth: 188 miles (Illinois section); 943 miles (entire byway) Start/Endpoint: Byway winds from Saline and Gallatin counties on SR 146, following the Ohio River south through Hardin and Pope counties. It then runs west through Massac and Pulaski counties, ending at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers at Cairo. Time to Allow: 4 hours (Illinois section). Designation/Year: National Scenic Byway (1998).

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