Nestled in the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, located on the Shawnee Wine Trail, The Refuge Bungalow offers a perfect place to enjoy beautiful Southern Illinois. Enjoy hiking along scenic forest trails or drop a kayak in a nearby lake! Discover locally made wine, beer, and spirits all within driving distance from the Bungalow. Nearby Carbondale boasts a lively local music scene with a variety of local restaurants and shops to explore. Giant City State Park is nearby waiting to be explored!
The refuge Bungalow includes one bedroom that holds two sets of twin bunk beds and a queen bed. There is a single bathroom with stand up shower, toilet, vanity, and pedestal sink. A galley kitchen holds a full sized fridge, microwave, and sink. There is no stove but we do include a griddle, hot plate, and charcoal grill. There is also a large fire pit with plenty of seating and firewood to use at your convenience. The latest addition is a large hot tub that seats at least 4 adults and looks out into the woods.
The Refuge Bungalow is located on the Shawnee wine trail and is only a 10 minute drive Blue Sky Winery. Both Devils Kitchen Lake as well as Little Grassy lake are minutes from the cabin. Both of these lakes offer public fishing, swimming, and boating. Pontoon boat rentals are available through the public marina and kayak and canoe rentals are available through SIUC. Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge offers hiking trails, bird watching, and public hunting access. Giant City State Park is only 10 minutes away and is home to beautiful trails, rock climbing, and the Giant City Lodge. Enjoy the Southern Illinois tradition of having family style fried chicken for lunch on Sunday, but be sure to get there early! Ferne Clyffe state park is a 23 minute drive from the Bungalow. Named for its abundance of ferns, it's a beautiful spot for hiking and home to one of our favorite stroller friendly trails that ends at a waterfall. Fishing, hunting, and picnicking are also offered at Ferne Clyffe. Southern Illinois University Carbondale is a short 15 minute drive from the Bungalow. Carbondale is also home to many local restaurants, bars, and shops for any taste. We are happy to make suggestions based on your preferences! Marion, Il is also a 15 minute drive away and home to an airport, shopping, and restaurants. Makanda, Il (also a 15 minute drive) is a unique town known for its local shops and restaurants along it's boardwalk. Makanda is the gateway to Giant City Park and the River to River Trail passes through town. Cobden, Il is well known for it's "Little House of Tacos" as well as it's fruit orchards. It's Peach Festival is held in August each year. Enjoy a beautiful 25 minute drive through the country on your way to Cobden. As a family, we love exploring Southern Illinois. If there is something that we haven't covered here, please don't hesitate to contact us!