From railroad camp to produce junction to the most Hippie town in Illinois. The Makanda Tourism Association welcomes you to the valley of the arts. Uniquely located in the rolling hills of the Shawnee National Forest in Southernmost Illinois. The region features:
- A variety of local artisans
- Dining and a premier wineries
- Luxury cabin lodging and Eco-friendly bed and breakfast lodging
- 18 hole world class golf course
- A vast variety of outdoor activities including rock climbing, horseback riding and more.
- Welcome to Makanda. We hope you will enjoy your visit.
Starting in the seventies artists starting with the Rainmaker (Dave Dardis) moved to Makanda when it was virtually abandoned. As a result, the town has been claimed as the most hippie town in Illinois. With this in mind, Dave says I don’t consider myself a hippie but I don’t mind if people think so. There is no doubt though the Boardwalk has the feel of the hippie days of the sixties. It is a place where peace resides.
Makanda is known for its natural beauty and history
Spend the day at Giant City State Park, Cedar, Little Grassy, & Devil’s Kitchen Lakes. have lunch and shop on the historic Makanda Boardwalk. In addition, you can visit the Blue Sky Winery or stay in one of the many unique luxury lodging facilities on the Shawnee Wine Trail.
Makanda offers many tourism opportunities for all ages
Come and spend your vacation in Makanda, Illinois. Of course, we are located only 7 miles south of Carbondale, Illinois, and Southern Illinois University.
Makanda is a vast area and is known as the true gateway to the Shawnee National Forest and the Shawnee Hills Wine trial. Additionally, it is located only minutes from Cobden, and Alto Pass, Illinois.
Natural beauty and hospitality await you in Makanda. For this reason, travel to the Southern tip of Illinois and experience a whole new part of the state.
Makanda is home of Giant City State Park and nestled between Cedar Lake and Devils Kitchen Lake. Likewise, Little grassy lake is the centerpiece of the zip code of Makanda. Furthermore, it is centrally located along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail.