Tunnel Hill State Trail

For a wonderful way to see the beauty of Southern Illinois, embark on a trip along the Tunnel Hill State Trail.

This trail, perfect for biking or hiking, covers 45 picturesque miles. Visitors will pass 23 trestle bridges (one of which is 450 feet long), a ghost town, a park, and the 543-foot tunnel for which the trail was named.

The trail starts at the Barkhausen Wetlands Center then passes through the beautiful town of Karnak. After leaving Karnak, visitors will pass by the eerie ghost town of Forman. Several miles beyond that is Vienna, a wonderful stopping point where visitors can either enjoy a packed lunch in a park, or venture into town for a bite. The next town on the trail is the trail’s mid-point and namesake, Tunnel Hill. The remaining 25 miles are all downhill at a mild two-percent grade after that, passing by the Shawnee National Forest on the way to Burnside (named for Civil War General Ambrose Burnside), the Stonefort restored train depot, and Carrier Mills before reaching the far trailhead in Harrisburg.

As you travel along the Tunnel Hill State Trail, let the Illinois Bed & Breakfast Association help you find your perfect lodging option.

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Von Jakob Vineyard

1309 Sadler Rd, Pomona, IL 62975

618-893-4600

The Stablehouse

1642 Milligan Hill Road, Alto Pass, IL 62905

618/893-1425 or 213/712-3274 cell

The Stablehouse is a fully furnished two-bedroom (and futon couch + rollaway) guest rental adjacent to one of the barns and stables of the beautiful 75 acre Herold Farms in Alto Pass. The interiors have a western theme, and a … Continue reading

Kite Hill Vineyards B&B

83 Kite Hill Road, Carbondale, IL 62903

618-684-5072

We are situated on 26 acres which includes a pond, a vineyard and a winery. Mother Nature has done a beautiful job of presenting the Shawnee National Forest. Kite Hill Vineyards presents a beautiful place to stay along with great … Continue reading

Country Schemes B&B

3220 Old Metropolis Rd., Vienna, IL 62995

618-658-9044

Country Schemes B&B is located on a third generation centennial farm nestled in a quiet, peaceful and relaxed atmosphere in Southern Illinois. Slow to the pace and enjoy hiking biking, sightseeing or simply relax on the deck or front porch.