Rim Rock’s Dog Wood Cabins – Photo by Rose Hammitt

Rim Rock's Dog Wood Cabins - Photo by Rose Hammitt

Recently I was lucky enough to stay at one of Bob and Dixie Dart’s Rim Rock’s Dogwood Cabins which are located outside of Karbers Ridge. The cabins are right across the street from the beautiful Rim Rock Recreational Area and Pounds Hollow Swimming and Fishing Lake. The Rim Rock cabins just received a certificate of Excellence award from TripAdvisor which honors hospitality excellence. The award is only given to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews. I could see why Rim Rock’s received this honor, the innkeepers made sure we had everything we needed, gave us a check in call to make sure we arrived, and left us in peace to enjoy the beauty of the cabin and the surrounding Shawnee Forest.

“Rim Rock’s Dogwood Cabins is honored to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence” Dixie Dart said. “It is important to us that our customers experience a memorable experience staying here in the beautiful Southern Illinois Shawnee Forest and, more importantly, they want to return.”
We stayed in Deer Run Cabin and had all the amenities of home with the forest right outside our door. The screened in porch and picnic table offered a great place to enjoy the pizza we ordered from the nearby gas/station/diner. The cabins all have air conditioning, heat, kitchen including stove, frig, microwave, coffee maker, toaster; bathroom with shower, screened in porch, electric fireplace, satellite TV and DVD, all linens, cookware, plates, utensil, outside grill and picnic table. Although we didn’t take advantage of it, there was a very cool fire pit that on a cool evening would be a great place to hang out and tell stories of what everyone saw and did during the day.

For those that want to bring Fido along, the cabins are pet friendly and welcome. In fact, the Harts have dogs and Chicago’s WGN even covered a story about a statue of a beloved lab named Oakley that sits on the property.

We took time to hike on the Rock Rim trail that amazingly featured a flagstone path that replaced the gravel trail in the 1980’s. The beauty of the forest, the quiet of the cabin and the time with a good friend was a refreshing way to spend some restful time.
This area of the country offers so many opportunities to hike, fish, swim and learn some history. This is one of my favorite places to head to unwind and forget all about anything but the glory of nature. For more information on Rim Rock’s Dogwood Cabins, log onto http://www.rimrocksdogwoodcabins.com/.

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