man and dog exploring the outdoors around carbondale

Explore the Outdoors Around Carbondale

Known for its natural beauty, Carbondale is where many outdoor enthusiasts call home. So whether you enjoy hiking, biking, or paddling, you’ll find several destinations in and around the city that you don’t want to miss. In fact, here are a few ways to bask in the outdoors around Carbondale!

Cedar Lake

Cedar Lake is a 1,750-acre reservoir that was created by the damming of Cedar Creek. Anglers can spend a fun-filled day fishing for bluegill and largemouth bass, while hikers can explore the Cedar Lake Trail System. This system spans 14 miles and features rock walls, lake views, and stunning scenic overlooks.

Lake Murphysboro State Park

Surrounded by rolling hills, Lake Murphysboro is a star-shaped destination that encompasses just over 1,000 acres. The wooded area is complete with towering oak and hickory trees.

You’ll also find native orchid species such as purple fringeless and yellow lady slippers. It’s simply a fun place to spend an entire day of activities include picnicking, boating (boats are available for rental), and hiking along the various trails for an up-close look at the picturesque scenery.

Shawnee National Forest

Located between the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, the Shawnee National Forest is one of the area’s most popular sites for outdoor recreation. It is comprised of rolling hills, forests, and rugged bluffs, and is known for the Rim Rock Recreational Trail that meanders through canyons under the forest canopy.

For those looking for a more challenging adventure in the outdoors around Carbondale, climbing Jackson Falls is a must. The climb takes place on sixty feet of sandstone cliffs and boulders with numerous freestanding towers.

Other outdoor destinations near Carbondale include Giant City State Park, Lake of Egypt, and the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge.


If you would like to call The Pointe at SIU home, please contact us to schedule a tour. We would love to show you firsthand all our community has to offer.

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