Exploring Carbondale

The natural beauty of the area — including rivers, lakes, a variety of golf courses, and Shawnee National Forest — entices many residents to enjoy numerous outdoor activities, including beautiful national and state parks, bicycle paths, four public golf courses, and 14 public parks. 

Make Carbondale your starting point for exploration, adventure and a whole lot of fun. Start at one of two national parks and end the day dining at one of our many great restaurants downtown. With so many places to explore, Carbondale is the perfect starting point for your vacation.



Carbondale is in close proximity to the Shawnee National Forest, Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, Giant City State Park, Ferne Clyffe State Park, Garden of the Gods State Park, Trail of Tears State Forest and the Cache River Wetlands. Also nearby are lakes including Kinkaid, Devils Kitchen, Little Grassy, Lake of Egypt and Cedar. 




For more information on outdoor recreation:

City of Carbondale Cedar Lake
Giant City State Park
Trail of Tears State Forest
Shawnee National Forest
Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge
Southern Illinois Touch of Nature
The Marberry Arboretum 
Green Earth


Hickory Ridge Family Golf Center
Carbondale Park District sponsored events ranging from soccer to swimming Spray Park located in Attucks Park Super Splash Park
Carbondale Main Street List of Events
Carbondale Chamber of Commerce Upcoming Events
Carbondale Tourism Bureau
Downtown Business District (aka The Strip)

The Varsity Theatre, dining, night life entertainment, train station, historic Town Square










University Mall, the largest shopping mall in Carbondale, 1237 E. Main Street
Murdale Shopping Center, 1901 W. Main Street
University Place, 1300 E. Main Street
Eastgate Shopping Center, 622 E. Walnut Street
Downtown Business District (aka The Strip), S. Illinois Avenue
West Park Plaza, 2421 W. Main Street
Grand Avenue Mall, 875 E. Grand Avenue
Campus Shopping Center, 216 W. Freeman Street

For a complete listing visit Carbondale Chamber of Commerce

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