Beautiful Makanda Cabin in Shawnee National Forest

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2 bedrooms, iron/ironing board, bed sheets
Fridge, microwave, oven, stovetop
TV, fireplace, DVD player, books

Overview of Beautiful Makanda Cabin in Shawnee National Forest

Entire cabin

Beautiful Makanda Cabin in Shawnee National Forest

5.0/5 Exceptional

Entire cabin

2 bedrooms2 bathroomsSleeps 4

Popular amenities

  • Kitchen
  • Air conditioning
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Outdoor Space
  • Barbecue grill
Makanda, IL

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationGiant City State Park11 min drive
  • Popular LocationLake of Egypt24 min drive
  • Popular LocationFerne Clyffe State Park26 min drive
  • AirportMarion, IL (MWA-Williamson County Regional)31 min drive

Space details

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 4
1000 sq ft
Bedroom 1
    1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
    2 twin/single beds

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire cabin to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

Beautiful Makanda Cabin in Shawnee National Forest

Cabin in Makanda with kitchen and furnished balcony
Sat atop a scenic hillside and overlooking a breathtaking meadow, this 2-bedroom, 1.5-bath Makanda vacation rental is the perfect place to enjoy the beauty of southern Illinois. Be engulfed by the Shawnee National Forest at this secluded cabin, which provides an escape from the fast-paced city life. If you want to venture out, Panther Den Trail is only a half-mile away and Giant City State Park is just under 11 miles away, providing for endless exploration, memory making, and rejuvenation.


Fire Pit | Screened-In Porch | Nature Views

Built in 2015, this upscale cabin is perfect for smaller families, friends, or couples traveling together to experience the thick woodlands of southern Illinois.

Bedroom 1: Queen Bed | Bedroom 2: 2 Twin Beds

OUTDOOR LIVING: Front porch, patio, patio furniture & outdoor dining area, expansive yard, charcoal grill
INDOOR LIVING: Cable TV, DVD player, gas fireplace, utility sink
KITCHEN: Fully equipped w/ stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, breakfast bar, Keurig coffee maker, toaster, water filter, ice maker, Crock-Pot, spices, dishware/flatware
GENERAL: Central heating & air conditioning, washer & dryer, complimentary toiletries, hair dryer, linens, towels
FAQ: 2 steps required to access, no WiFi, 4WD recommended in winter
PARKING: Driveway (3 vehicles)


OUTDOOR WONDERS: Shawnee National Forest (surrounding), Panther Den Trailhead (0.6 miles), Devil's Kitchen Lake (7.6 miles), Ferne Clyffe State Park (9.4 miles), Giant City State Park (10.7 miles), Trail of Tears State Forest (17.0 miles), Crab Orchard Lake (20.6 miles), Garden of the Gods (55.5 miles)
VINEYARDS: Blue Sky Vineyard (2.1 miles), Feather Hills Vineyard and Winery (2.8 miles), StarView Vineyards (6.9 miles), Alto Vineyards (18.1 miles), Von Jakob Winery & Brewery (19.8 miles), Pomona Winery (25.0 miles)
NEARBY TOWNS: Carbondale (17.6 miles), Marion (19.2 miles), Cape Girardeau (40.5 miles), Paducah (54.0 miles), Mt Vernon (61.0 miles), St. Louis (119 miles)
AIRPORTS: Barkley Regional Airport (53.8 miles), St. Louis Lambert International Airport (131 miles)


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- No smoking
- No pets allowed
- No events, parties, or large gatherings
- Must be at least 25 years old to book
- Additional fees and taxes may apply
- Photo ID may be required upon check-in
- NOTE: 4-wheel drive or all-wheel drive is recommended in the winter months to access the property
- NOTE: This property serves as a remote escape and, therefore, does not include WiFi
- NOTE: This property requires 2 steps to access and may be difficult for guests with limited mobility
Air-conditioned accommodations at this cabin offer fireplaces and washers/dryers. Rooms open to furnished balconies or patios. Kitchens offer refrigerators, stovetops, microwaves, and cookware/dishes/utensils.

Bathrooms include complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Televisions come with cable channels and DVD players. Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and irons/ironing boards.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property manager

Evolve Vacation Rental Network


English, French, German, Spanish

Property amenities

Parking and transportation

  • Car recommended


  • Refrigerator
  • Stovetop
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Spices
  • Ice maker


  • 2 bedrooms
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 2 bathrooms
  • Free toiletries
  • Towels provided
  • Hair dryer

Living spaces

  • Fireplace


  • TV with cable/satellite service
  • DVD player
  • Stereo
  • Video library
  • Books

Outdoor areas

  • Furnished patio
  • Yard
  • Barbecue grill
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Firepit


  • Washing machine and dryer


  • Air conditioning
  • Heating


  • No pets allowed


  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • Iron/ironing board

Things to do

  • Hiking nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Hunting nearby
  • Power boating nearby

Safety features

  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Smoke detector


  • Sleeps 4
  • Unit size: 1000 sq ft (93 sq m)

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100% of travelers were happy with check-in
Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM
Minimum check-in age - 25


Check-out before 11:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Important information

You need to know

This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Onsite parties or group events are strictly prohibited
Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a first aid kit
This property is managed through our partner, Vrbo. You will receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account, where you can change or cancel your reservation
Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.

We should mention

A car is recommended for transportation to and from this property

Property is also known as

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About this area


This cabin is located in Makanda. Travelers eager for a bit of culture can stop by African American Museum of Southern Illinois, while those wishing to experience the area's natural beauty can explore Shawnee National Forest and Giant City State Park. Motor boating offers a great chance to get out on the surrounding water, or you can seek out an adventure with hiking/biking trails and hunting nearby.

What's nearby

  • Giant City State Park - 11 min drive
  • Lake of Egypt - 24 min drive
  • Ferne Clyffe State Park - 26 min drive
  • Shawnee Community College - 28 min drive
  • Anna City Park - 30 min drive

Getting around

  • Carbondale Station - 42 min drive
  • Marion, IL (MWA-Williamson County Regional) - 31 min drive

Frequently asked questions

Is Beautiful Makanda Cabin in Shawnee National Forest pet-friendly?

No, pets are not allowed at this property.

What time is check-in at Beautiful Makanda Cabin in Shawnee National Forest?

Check-in begins at 3:00 PM.

What time is check-out at Beautiful Makanda Cabin in Shawnee National Forest?

Check-out is at 11:00 AM.

Where is Beautiful Makanda Cabin in Shawnee National Forest located?

Situated in Makanda, this cabin is within a 15-minute walk of Shawnee National Forest and Panther Den Trailhead. Giant City State Park and Indian Creek Trail Trailhead are also within 9 mi (15 km).

Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 74 out of 76 reviews
5 - Excellent 97%
Rating 4 - Good. 2 out of 76 reviews
4 - Good 3%
Rating 3 - Okay. 0 out of 76 reviews
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5/5 Excellent

SHANNON R., Oakwood
Peaceful retreat
Visiting the wine trail and hiking. The cabin was beautiful with many amenities. Very peaceful and relaxing. Good proximity to the store and things to do.
Stayed 2 nights in Sep 2022

5/5 Excellent

Richelle V.
Relaxing getaway
Very peaceful. Set back away from other properties. It was a little hard to find at night but once we found the right place, it was amazing. Close to blue sky and feather hills wineries. We relaxed by the fire pit. The house was very clean. Had most anything we would need. No Wi-Fi and very limited cell service but that’s what was nice about it. We unplugged and enjoyed each other’s company. We will definitely be returning.
Stayed 2 nights in Sep 2022

5/5 Excellent

Karen M.
Cozy and Relaxing Cabin Retreat
The cabin was very pretty and very well appointed. It was comfortable and quiet which is exactly what we wanted. The location was good - near wineries and other interesting places plus it was a short ride (less than an hour) to Garden of the Gods in Shawnee National Forest. If you are looking for a place to enjoy the quiet, have a nice evening sitting on the patio around a nice fire, enjoy a meal on the screened-in porch, or stargazing, this is the place.
Stayed 5 nights in Aug 2022

5/5 Excellent

Great place for a quiet get a way
Great for us as a couple
Stayed 4 nights in Apr 2022

5/5 Excellent

Matthew B., Alexandria, KY
Explore Southern Illinois
This was a great base camp for our most recent trip to the area. Lots of hiking and outdoor stuff to do nearby. Cabin was clean and quiet. Would come back again!
Stayed 3 nights in Mar 2022

5/5 Excellent

Bill H.
Convenient and quiet
This little cabin was perfect for our family of four. All the little amenities really made the difference too.. great location for all activities in the area
Stayed 3 nights in Mar 2022

4/5 Good

Thomas S.
Valentines Weekend Getaway
Such a peaceful location with everything needed for a quick disconnect from city life. Definitely plan to visit again.
Stayed 2 nights in Feb 2022

5/5 Excellent

John B.
Stay here!
My wife and I have stayed in a cabin each Christmas for seven years and this was the best cabin we’ve ever been to. Everything about the cabin was very thoughtful and well-stocked. Completely quiet and private. Thanks Joanne- we loved it!
Stayed 4 nights in Dec 2021

5/5 Excellent

susan s.
Cabin Magic
Beautiful home and surroundings and lovely equipped kitchen where we never have issues cooking some fantastic meals. The beds are super comfy and the sheets are fabulous ! Everything you need for a romantic peaceful getaway. We have stayed here approximately 6-8 times and will continue to come back.
Stayed 2 nights in Nov 2021

5/5 Excellent

Carol R.
Girls Getaway
Fantastic. Cozy cabin. Very clean with all the amenities. Great fire pit. Close to wineries. big front porch, back screened in porch. Was great even on a rainy day.
Stayed 3 nights in Oct 2021