Illinois Iron Furnace

Route 146 & 34 Elizabethtown

Southernmost Illinois
Written By Southernmost Illinois

Explore Shawnee Forest Country!

Surrounded by the Shawnee National Forest, and on the National Register of Historic Places, step back in time to Civil War days when “pig-iron” was smelted in the first charcoal-fired iron furnace in Illinois.

Unwind in the secluded valley where you can picnic, hike and swim in the “ole swimmin’ hole”.

A 1/2 mile trail leading from the back of the picnic area features bottomland habitat and bottomland tree species. The trail winds along Big Creek and offers 2 or 3 deep old-fashioned fishing holes.

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Illinois Iron Furnace

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