Other Attractions To Visit:
Every area has the best known attractions to visit. Here in Saline county there are so many beautiful places to visit you won’t want to miss them. If you are in the area be sure to check out these amazing views and vistas….you won’t be disappointed!
Old Stone Face
Saline County’s own iconic “old man on the mountain”. Stone Face is another one of the most photographed places in Southern Illinois. An impressive sandstone rock formation which resembles the head of an old man, located on the west face of Eagle Mountain range, accessible by a 1/2 mile steep trail from the parking lot, or by a three mile trail from the Tecumseh statue. It is only for those who like to climb a little.
It is a real oddity that wasn’t discovered until the twentieth century that we know of. It is amazing how many people go looking for it, however and never find it. The trick is to follow the trail up to the cliff, climb up the sloping cliff to a trail that goes along the cliff’s edge in the opposite direction and follow it past all the overlooks until you see it by looking down the side of the cliff. There is no doubt that this is a man, that it is human, and has been there for a long time. The view and the face make it worth the exertion!
Muddy is the smallest incorporated town in the state of Illinois with the smallest post office and a Russian Orthodox Church (closed). A mine’s tipple from the Old Ogara mine looks like an abstract sculpture. The mine tipple is made of concrete with railroad ties used as reinforcing rods. Thought to be the only one in the world made of concrete, until someone called from Saskatchewan to say they had one as well.
The population was 68 at the 2010 census. Muddy was built as a coal mining village to house miners working in O'gara #12 mine located on the north bank of the Saline River. The old post office remains, and the sign now reads "OLD MUDDY POST OFFICE".
Sahara Woods State Fish & Wildlife Area
Sahara Woods, a portion of the Saline County Fish and Wildlife Area, is a hunting and fishing gem nestled in the woods just north of Carrier Mills. The 4,001-acre property was donated to Illinois Department of Natural Resources by Sahara Coal Company in 1998 and after an extensive reclamation program was opened to the public on July 7, 2011. The site has numerous lakes and ponds; Sahara offers a little of something to appeal to any angler.
The two largest lakes, Sahara and Final Cut comprise 100 and 20 acres respectively, but with over 275 acres of total waters there are many small but productive ponds accessible only by foot.
Sahara and Final Cut lakes are both equipped with boat launches, piers and bathroom facilities. Swimming is not allowed in any lake or pond on the site. All the lakes and ponds are open to boats, canoes, kayaks, and angling tubes meeting state regulations with the stipulation that vehicles are not used to back up to the edges of lakes and ponds to launch watercraft.
Catfish, crappie, bass, bluegill and red-ear can be found in the waters of Sahara Woods with catfish restocked regularly. A very good way to get an overview of the locations of lakes and ponds is to use a satellite or aerial imaging application which provides aerial photos of Sahara Woods.
Sahara Woods is open for archery deer hunting, firearm doe hunting, upland game hunting, turkey and fur bearer hunting in season. In November, half the park briefly closes and is reserved for a special deer hunt for terminally-ill youth.
Sahara Woods boasts a plentiful deer and turkey population, as well as numerous flocks of Quail.
Mushroom picking, hiking, and picnicking are allowed, though as yet there are no picnic facilities available. Sahara Woods is well worth a visit and whether visitors are fishing, hunting or just observing wildlife they will experience a very nice taste of rural Southern Illinois.
Pounds Hollow Recreation Complex
Pounds Hollow is nestled in a deep wooded valley with a clean, spring-fed 25 acre lake. A beach for swimmers and sunbathers faces sandstone bluffs. The Pounds has a prehistoric Indian fort, and indian mound and other scenic views. Both hikers and horseback riders can experience the scenery along its trail. Pounds Hollow offers camping sites, swimming, boating, fishing, picnicking areas and hiking trails.
Stonefort Depot Museum
Stonefort is a small town that owes its existence to the railroad industry and the coal industry. The location is itself a relic. The oldest part of the depot dates to the 1890s. Graffiti from that period is preserved, etched on the oldest wall, which was made an interior wall during the building's renovation in 1915. Stonefort Depot Museums is a collection of three museums: The Railroad Depot Museum, the Stonefort Community Museum and the Hardware Store Museum.
The museums hours of operation are 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.
Visit one of the most beautiful sites in southern Illinois! This fall is 35 feet feet from top to bottom but what really makes it impressive is the beautiful surroundings. Boulders and rocks nestle this scenic fall giving it an unrivaled natural beauty. This as a favorite for photographers. Come see for yourself!
This scenic destination is truly one of a kind. The rocks in the area are approximately 350 million years old and were once 3,500 feet below the surface until the tremendous power of the earth forced them to the surface. The rocks in this area are primarily silva-rich limestone and chert of the Fort Payne Formation. You’ll find this Southern Illinois treasure in the Saline County Fish and Wildlife area.
Located in the Shawnee National Forest, Jackson Falls offers arguably the best rock climbing in southern Illinois. There are about 60 climbing areas along these scenic sandstone bluffs and freestanding boulders.There are over 500 named routes within those climbing areas. Most of the routes are 50-60 feet in height.