Makanda Boardwalk

Makanda IL 62958

Southernmost Illinois
Written By Southernmost Illinois

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X doesn't mark the spot, the Smiley Face water tower does!

When you're not wandering through the woods, a good place to go is the Makanda Trading Co. This amazing general store opened in 2001 in rustic downtown. You'll find a wealth of treasures to shop for like stones, toys, incense, art, and much much more to fill your New Age home. Visions Art Gallery features local artists and their works, from paintings, stained glass, to ceramics. Rainmaker Studio displays impressive metal work from jewelry to sculptures and fountains.

Makanda Country Store, located on the historic Makanda Boardwalk, features gourmet coffee, sandwiches, and hand-dipped ice cream. The store also has an array of hot sauces for purchase.

Each fall, vultures fly over Makanda and the surrounding areas and signal the beginning of fall and the arrival of the incredible fall colors of Makanda and southern Illinois. The third weekend of October each year, Vulture Fest features live music, food, shopping, and art by local artists for purchase; all under the watchful eyes of Black and Turkey Vultures roosting in the trees overlooking the village.

Many attractions in this hippie town give it that feeling of being free-spirited. Don't miss the Rainmaker Garden, and it will certainly put you in that Earth child, flower power vibe.

Makanda Inn & Cottages offers a luxury retreat, only 1/2 mile from the Boardwalk
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