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These Charming Cabins Are Located In The Heart Of Shawnee National Forest

When renting a cabin in the woods, there are several things that need to come together perfectly for an ideal experience.  The cabin needs to have all the comforts of home, it needs to be somewhat private, but most the most important thing is the location.  I mean what good is a cabin if it just sits all alone and there’s nothing to do nearby?  At Willowbrook Cabins  in Southern Illinois location is key!

 

These gorgeous cabins are conveniently located just minutes from Garden Of The Gods, Jackson Falls, Bell Smith Springs, and the Famous Rim Rock National Trail.  If that wasn’t enough, there is also nearby horseback riding, canoeing, scuba diving, and even white water rafting!

Willowbrook Cabins is the largest cabin rental company in Pope County just North of Golconda, IL in the middle of the best and largest part of Shawnee National Forest.   Cabins range in size and style, with four different units to choose from.  Two of the cabins include an outdoor hot-tub, and all of them come with washer and dryers, high speed internet, direct TV, and outdoor fire-pit.

If being surrounded by breathtaking scenery is what you crave, than Willowbrook is the perfect home base for your next Shawnee Adventure!

For more information, or to make a reservation visit Willowbrookcabins.com

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This Gorgeous Show Cave Is The Largest And Most Beautiful In Ohio

Located deep beneath the ground just 30 miles from Dayton, lies a beautiful subterranean wonderland.  Ohio Caverns is a rare gem with a long rich history in the area, dating back to 1897!

Ohio Caverns is often recognized as “America’s most colorful caverns.” The caverns are the largest in the state, with over 2 miles of surveyed passageways ranging in depth from 30 feet to 103 feet. In the Summer, two different tours take guests through different parts of the caverns. During the Winter, months, only one tour is available.

Tours take guests through two different parts of the cavern. The Historic Tour begins at the site of discovery and includes the part that was originally explored from 1897 to 1925. The Natural Wonder Tour takes guests on a 1 mile walk through parts discovered after 1925.  The Winter Tour is the only tour offered from October 1st through April 30th. It is a hybrid tour, showing guests highlights from both the Natural Wonder and Historic tours.  Tours take approximately one hour.

Highlights of the tour include The Crystal King, which is the largest stalactite in Ohio!

This incredible show cave is located just 30 miles from Dayton Ohio, and is one of the most beautiful sites in the state!

The cavern system was originally an aquifer, holding an underground river of melted glacier water.

Ohio Caverns is one of the most popular tourist destination’s in the region, and is a member of the National Caving Association!

This is an all-weather attraction and is open year round. Each tour is guided and is a comfortable walk through the cavern.  The temperature remains a constant 54 degrees throughout the year.

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This incredible State Park was one of the first in Iowa, dedicated all the way back in 1920.  100 years later Backbone State Park is still one of Iowa’s most popular.

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There are many reasons Backbone is one of Iowa’s most beloved parks.  But more than anything, its the many diverse activities you can enjoy within the park that keeps people coming back year after year.

Backbone State Park

The well maintained hiking trails are rugged and winding, and cover more than 20 miles of Iowa’s most scenic country.  The most popular is the Backkbone trail this loop trail follows a tall narrow ridge line along the inside bend of the river with several overlooks into the valley below.

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Backbone State Park is also one of the only parks in Iowa that allows rock climbing! Climbers and rappellers will find many challenges at Backbone with its cliffs of rugged dolomite limestone throughout the park. With the most popular climbing spots are located near the popular Backbone Trail.

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Anglers know Backbone for its exceptional trout fishing.  The cold, clear, quick flowing stream is few by Richmond Springs, which pumps more than 2,000 gallons per minute and is located near the north end of the park. A variety of shady and universally accessible trails (portions paved) are available for enthusiastic anglers looking for their “secret spot.” Lake fishing is also available, however only electric trolling motors are allowed on the lake.  The lake is well stocked with bass, catfish, and bluegill.

Backbone State Park

Cyclists are also know to frequent the park, as the Northeast State Park Bike Route is a 130 mile route which connects Backbone State Park, Wapsipinicon State Park, and Pikes Peak State Park utilizing county highways.

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With so much to see and do Backbone is a great vacation destination and has several overnight accommodation options, including campsites, within two campgrounds, and 16 different modern cabins to reserve. A boathouse for renting boats and a swimming beach as well as a concession stand are all located near the southeast end of the lake.

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Backbone State Park is located at 1347 129th St, Dundee, IA 52038

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Folklore, Legend, And Natural Beauty All Come Together At This Stunning Waterfall

Pagosa Springs is well known for its incredible hot springs, outdoor recreational opportunities, and close proximity to attractions like Mesa Verde.  But just in case that wasn’t enough reason to visit,  this charming town is also located just 15 miles East of the gorgeous Treasure Falls.

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This incredible waterfall is visible from the parking area, and stands over 100 feet tall!  If you want to get to the base, a short hike is needed.

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Treasure Falls cascades into Falls Creek, which flows into the San Juan River, which flows all the way to the Gulf of California.

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As beautiful as the area is, its unique history and folklore is just as stunning. The name Treasure Falls came from Treasure Mountain, which as the legends goes, holds buried gold. In the late 1700s about 300 Frenchmen secretly entered the San Juan Mountains, which at the time was Spanish turf.  The story is the men struck it rich, but only two of them managed to return east.  Rumors abound that the men buried treasure somewhere in the area.  Although it is yet to be discovered. Whether you believe the legend or not the spectacular scenery itself is reward enough for venturing to this beautiful Colorado landmark.

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If your ready to see this stunning site, head east from downtown Pagosa Springs on Highway 160 for 15 miles. The parking lot is just off the shoulder of the highway. Just left of the parking lot lies the trailhead. Follow the trail 1/4 mile to a bridge at the base of the falls.

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This Amazing Attraction Is One Of The World’s Greatest Sites

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is located in southern New Mexico. It features more than 119 different caves, spread out over more than 73 miles of the Chihuahuan Desert.  This National Park is known for its beauty, both above and below ground.  Above ground you can find high ancient sea ledges, deep rocky canyons, flowering cactus, and desert wildlife!  Below ground lies some of the most beautiful caves on Earth.

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The cave is located deep underneath the Guadalupe Mountains.  The Guadalupe Mountains are an uplifted portion of ancient reef, which thrived along the edge of an inland sea more than 250 million years ago. Preserved in the rocks are the ancient bodies of sponges, algae, snails, nautilus and more. This fossil reef formed the caves beneath the surface. Over time, sulfuric acid dissolved into surrounding limestone, creating stunning rock formations jutting down from the cave ceilings.

Photo by Peter Jones

There are two ways to enjoy the cavern on your own either by elevator, hiking, or both. Visitors may choose to hike the steep one and a quarter mile paved trail entering through the cavern’s Natural Entrance, which leads them into the spectacular one and a quarter mile Big Room Trail. You can simply take an elevator ride from the visitor center directly to the Big Room Trail.

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Most of the cavern trails you can enjoy on your own and are included in the general admission fee that you will pay upon arrival to the park.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Seeking a more adventurous cave experience? Choose from among several ranger-guided tours to reserve in advance. Tours range from relatively easy strolls to physically strenuous and mentally challenging adventure tours. Ranger-guided tours require hiking boots or hiking shoes with good aggressive tread. Boots with zippers will not be permitted on the tour. No sandals, flip flops, tennis shoes, or similar footwear.

Picture by Peter Jones

The visitor center offers many services, including a bookstore, gift shop, cafeteria, restrooms, a park movie, information desk, ticket counter, and hands-on educational exhibits. It’s also where you will find the elevator to lower you into the cavern 750 feet (229 m) in less than a minute.

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Carlsbad Caverns is located at 727 Carlsbad Caverns Highway in Carlsbad, NM 88220.

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