Makanda, IL

Travel Guide
Makanda

With leafy state parks and pretty vineyards on its doorstep, this beautifully preserved 19th-century throwback town provides plenty of inspiration for local artists.

Makanda is a cozy village with stunning late 19th-century architecture and a lively local arts community. Stroll down the village’s historic boardwalk and be treated to a showcase of heritage façades and public artworks. Known as Carbondale’s gateway to Giant City State Park, Makanda is also a major destination on the tourist trails that wind around the Shawnee Hills.

Spend some time wandering down the boardwalk. Check out intriguing boutiques and local businesses, some of which are situated in elegant storefronts dating back to 1897. In days gone by, Makanda was a major railway hub for fruit and vegetable trade with Chicago. See the relics of the town’s grandeur brought to life through modern artistic interpretations. As a popular spot with artists from the nearby Southern Illinois University, Makanda has a constantly evolving arts scene.

Experience some of Makanda’s natural beauty by exploring nearby Giant City State Park. This picturesque woodland is dotted with natural and heritage landmarks. Climb a historic water tower and enjoy views across the treetops or hike around impressive rock formations. Sail above the canopy over the Shawnee Bluffs on an exciting zip-line tour.

Be sure to sample some of the region’s renowned wines on a trip through the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. Visit local vineyards, attend a tasting and take home a bottle as a souvenir from the cellar door. If you’re looking for a more active experience of Makanda’s countryside, take on the challenge of the River to River Trail. This long-distance hiking trail spans the Shawnee National Forest from the Ohio to the Mississippi rivers.

Makanda is located in Southern Illinois and is 10 miles (16 kilometers) from Carbondale. You can reach Carbondale via Amtrak from Chicago, Memphis or New Orleans. Williamson County Regional Airport is 24 miles (38.6 kilometers) from Makanda. The region has pleasant summers and snowfall in winter, with occasional severe storms in spring. Visit the village during the Makanda Spring Fest or the Makanda Vulture Fest to join an exciting weekend of local art, music and food.

Makanda Inn & Cottages
Makanda Inn & Cottages
3.5 out of 5
855 Old Lower Cobden Road, Makanda, IL, 62958
The price is $251 per night from May 29 to May 30
Stay at this 3.5-star B&B in Makanda. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Popular attractions Arrowwood Trail Trailhead and Giant City State Park are ...
5/5 Exceptional! (23 reviews)
"Very friendly staff and close to nice activities like hiking and wineries."

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2022

Makanda Inn & Cottages
Beautiful Makanda Cabin in Shawnee National Forest
Beautiful Makanda Cabin in Shawnee National Forest
Makanda, IL
Stay at this cabin in Makanda. Enjoy a porch, private yards, and an in-room DVD player. Our guests praise the breakfast and the comfy beds in our reviews. Popular ...
5/5 Exceptional! (72 reviews)
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!"

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2022

Beautiful Makanda Cabin in Shawnee National Forest
* On the Wine Trail * Near Giant City & Shawnee Forest! * Wi-Fi *
* On the Wine Trail * Near Giant City & Shawnee Forest! * Wi-Fi *
Makanda, IL
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Makanda. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a porch. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the family amenities in ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (59 reviews)
Great family get away
"Perfect quiet location for our stay. Room for the kids to spread out and close to so much outdoor adventure...Ferne Clyffe, Giant City."

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2021

* On the Wine Trail * Near Giant City & Shawnee Forest! * Wi-Fi *
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
* On the Wine Trail * Near Giant City & Shawnee Forest! * Wi-Fi *
* On the Wine Trail * Near Giant City & Shawnee Forest! * Wi-Fi *
Makanda, IL
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Makanda. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a porch. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the family amenities in ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (59 reviews)
Great family get away
"Perfect quiet location for our stay. Room for the kids to spread out and close to so much outdoor adventure...Ferne Clyffe, Giant City."

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2021

* On the Wine Trail * Near Giant City & Shawnee Forest! * Wi-Fi *
Beautiful Makanda Cabin in Shawnee National Forest
Beautiful Makanda Cabin in Shawnee National Forest
Makanda, IL
Stay at this cabin in Makanda. Enjoy a porch, private yards, and an in-room DVD player. Our guests praise the breakfast and the comfy beds in our reviews. Popular ...
5/5 Exceptional! (72 reviews)
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!"

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2022

Beautiful Makanda Cabin in Shawnee National Forest
Rustic Cabin - Jetted Tubs - Wi-Fi - Wonderful Views - Grill - Firepit - Porch
Rustic Cabin - Jetted Tubs - Wi-Fi - Wonderful Views - Grill - Firepit - Porch
Makanda, IL
Stay at this family-friendly cabin in Makanda. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and limo/town car service. Our guests praise the comfy beds in our reviews. Popular ...
5/5 Exceptional! (125 reviews)
Looking for Spring
"This house was neat and very clean. The beds were very comfortable. The kitchen was well stocked and we prepared most of our meals in the house. We especially liked the quiet, country location. It was close to Ferne Cliffe State Park and Giant City State Park. We enjoyed hiking the trails there."

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2022

Rustic Cabin - Jetted Tubs - Wi-Fi - Wonderful Views - Grill - Firepit - Porch
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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