Welcome to Saline County
Gateway to the Shawnee National Forest

Horse Riding
River Trips
ATV Parks
Rock Climbing

Welcome to Saline County and Southeastern Illinois, Garden of the Gods Country. This area is rich in Recreation, Scenic Attractions, and Pioneer History. While here, visit Garden of the Gods, Saline Creek Pioneer Village and Museum (circa 1840) , the only Bronze Statue of Tecumseh at Glen O. Jones Lake, the Stone Face, and those fascinating woodland hideaways in the Shawnee Forest. Every highway in this area is a scenic drive in itself. There are true stories, hard to imagine around every curve and plenty of natural beauty. Visit one of the best kept secrets in the Midwest...or even the United States.


Bike Ride From Harrisburg on Saturday, September 29

Rain Date October 20


The Harrisburg Masonic Lodge and the Saline County Tourism Board will be sponsoring/hosting a bike ride on September 29th, This event is geared for the occasional or beginning bike rider on a convenient part of the trail.

The ride originates at the Parking Lot around the Dollar Store for registration and distribution of the T shirts, and will have a choice of several lengths to choose from. The rides are a 15 mile ride from Harrisburg, to Carrier Mills. A 30 mile ride from Harrisburg to Vienna and sixty mile ride from Harrisburg to Vienna and return.

Say stops will be available every 10-15 miles Helmets are required and must be worn during the ride.

Registration and check-in will be open from 7:00 am until 9:30 am at the Dollar Store parking lot at the north end of Parker Plaza.. The cost is $30 per person which includes a Garden of the Gods T-shirt.  Children under 12 are free who ride with a registered adult. Please email in the age and number of participants you will be bringing along with each name and age. If you will be wanting a T-Shirt please note in the email the number and sizes desired.

Bike Ride Registration




For more information on Saline County or the
Shawnee National Forest email info@shawneetourism.com

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