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Entrance of Rim Rock's Dogwood Cabins

Rim Rock's Dogwood Cabins is a pet friendly lodging facility in Southern Illinois that is perfectly situated within the beautiful Shawnee National Forest and less than 10 minutes from the  main draw of the area; Garden of the Gods. 


New in 2023 we have added an additional property  including one deluxe cabin for a total of seven. We have our original 6 unique cabins that are comfortably spaced on 77 picturesque acres with over 2 miles of private trails and surrounded by  many miles of trees and the unique rock formations that the Illinois Ozarks area is known for.  Our deluxe cabin resides on 11 private acres with multiple secluded trails right across the street from our property.


All of our cabins have full kitchens with cookware, dedicated fiber optic internet, HD satellite TV, DVD, screened-in porch, outdoor fire rings w/free firewood, A/C and heat, towels and linens, movies games and more. We also have some friendly animals to visit;  a llama, alpaca, miniature cows, donkey's, and horses as well as  goats, chickens/guineas and our 4 puppies, most notable is Scout our Great Pyrenees. 

Our goal is to provide you with the perfect home away from home for those looking to explore the best destination hikes and waterfalls in the Midwest, take in some of the darkest skies in Illinois or soak up the solitude for those just looking for peace and quiet.  


Garden of the Gods was listed as "1 of the 10 great places to photograph" in USA Today and is located just 7 miles from our property (or a 9 mile hike). We are also across the street from another beautiful area, Rim Rock National Recreation Trail (the only National Recreational trail in Illinois) and just 2 miles from 28 acre Pounds Hollow Lake which features a swim beach. There are so many other adventures that are within a short drive; Burden Falls, Jackson Falls, High Knob, Cave-in-Rock, Mantle Rock, Bell Smith Springs, Dixon Springs, Iron Furnace, Sand Cave, Stone Face, One Horse Gap, Lusk Creek, Tunnel Hill bike trail, Tower Rock, Cache River Refuge, Giant City State Park, Fern Clyffe and more. Or if you just want to take a walk in the woods... a .7 mile trail off the back of our property leads to the 160 mile River to River trail. Not only does Southern Illinois have some of the best hiking in the Midwest, most of it is very accessible to hikers of any ability with plenty of trails for the most avid hikers. If you are looking for cabins in Southern Illinois, you just won't find a better location.

Looking for a great place to have a destination wedding or family reunion? Look no further. Our 7 cabins can accommodate 50+ guests. We have a beautiful pavilion with concrete floor to hold events, multiple sitting areas, nice big pastures and room to spread out. We have 2 sets of 3 cabins that are about 1/3 mile apart and 1 directly across the street. The cabins on each end of the property are spaced 30-70 yards from each other. Close enough to easily get together and far enough apart to have your own personal space.

Southern Illinois and the Illinois Ozarks are truly a hidden gem of the Midwest for outdoor enthusiasts. Located just 1 hour from Interstates 64 or 57, we are within an easy drive of Chicago, St Louis, Champaign, Springfield IL, Peoria, Evansville, Louisville, Nashville, Cape Girardeau, Indianapolis, Cincinnati or anyone passing through.

So if you are looking to get away, get in touch, get out of touch, find yourself or lose yourself.... We hope you will consider Rim Rock's Dogwood cabins!

Girl sitting at Garden of the Gods
Fall colors at Garden of the Gods
Farm animals mini cow and goat sticking tongue out
girl and dog at rim rock recreation trail
Garden of the Gods in Winter
Cave in Rock State Park along Ohio River
Farm animals mini horse in snow
Burden Falls waterfall
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