The Illinois Ozarks are ready for you to come visit. I was recently introduced to the Southernmost part of Illinois, often referred to as the Illinois Ozarks. I have a lot to share with you. This is an area of the midwest that I had not explored. I can honestly say that I regret that it took me almost 50 years to stumble upon it.
Each of these photos has a story to tell. This area of Illinois has something that everyone needs to experience at some point in their lifetime. You will want to stay tuned, as I tell the stories that encompass the beauty in these photos.
Hike The Trails In The Illinois Ozarks
Hop off the beaten path and explore. You will be sure to find several hidden gems as you hike through the deep forests that offer a lush, forest experience. Lace-up a good pair of hiking boots, for an optimal experience. You will come across streams, valleys, and unique rock formations. The rocks will be for viewing, but you will also find them on the trails. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy along the way. There are picnic tables throughout the area in different communities and parks for your enjoyment.
There’s something to be said about hopping on a horse and going on a trail ride. The Illinois Ozarks will welcome you, as you view the beauty from the saddle of a horse.
I hope this inspires you to visit this beautiful area of the Midwest. The lush green national forest and the abundant beauty in this area of the midwest were jaw-dropping. I had no idea that this area of Illinois had so much to offer.
Happy Traveling~ Sara
*Thank you to the Southernmost Illinois Tourism for hosting me.