11731 State Highway 37, Benton Illinois 62812
Many places in southern Illinois, with their bald cypress swamps and heron rookeries, are reminiscent of the bayous of the Deep South. The area has rich wetland ecosystems, but also in this part of the state are the wooded hillsides of the Shawnee National Forest
, the intriguing rock formations of Giant City State Park
and Ferne Clyffe State Park
, and the commercial and recreational boat traffic of the Wabash River
, Ohio River
and Mississippi River
Standing as a sentinel in the course of early American history is Fort Massac State Park, situated at the state's southern tip. It was used during the French-Indian War, the Revolutionary War, and even briefly during the Civil War. Its location in the town of Metropolis is also the home turf of "Superman", whose statue is in the town square.
Other Regions of Illinois nearby:
(Benton) Southern Illinois
10/16 Coming to The Benton area
Belleville Art on the Square Belleville IL May17-19
Lower Town Arts and Music Festival Paducah KY May17-19 The Lower Town Arts and Music Festival in Paducah, Kentucky is THE regional Festival for Western Kentucky and the surrounding area. The Festival's mission is to celebrate the cultural richness of this part of the country.
Handy Blues and Barbecue Festival Henderson KY June12-15 The W.C. Handy Blues and Barbecue Festival has become one of the largest free music festivals in the nation, drawing attendants from just about every state and many countries. The festival is a celebration of the life and legacy of Henderson resident and 'Father of the Blues', William Christopher Handy.
Bluegrass in the Park Music and Folklife Festival Henderson KY August8-10 Invite all your friends and family. There will be something for everyone.
Gathering of the Juggalos Cave-In-Rock IL August7-11 The Gathering of the Juggalos is unlike anything you have ever experienced before. It is not simply a show, a concert, a music festival, or anything of that nature. It is an EXPERIENCE. The Gathering of the Juggalos features the entire roster of Psychopathic Records plus over one hundred bands and rappers performing on multiple stages throughout the entire event.
Hot August Blues Festival Hardin KY August23-24 Like we always say, if you've never been you don't know what you're missing. It's not about the music; it's not about the lake...it's all about having a good time!! Everything else is just a bonus! Bring your coolers (no glass bottles please), lawn chairs, sunscreen and ponchos, cause the festival is held rain or shine!