Outdoor Recreation

Fort Massac
Disc Golf Course

1308 E. 5th St.

Metropolis, Illinois

 

618-524-4712

 

Situated in beautiful Fort Massac State Park, the Disc Golf Course at Fort Massac is an 18 basket course spread across the beautiful Fort Massac State Park.  It offers a unique and challenging experience for golfers of any skill level. The hilly terrain offers lovely views of the Ohio River, while providing an excellent tour of the park itself.  It is considered to be a standard to advanced players course.

Fort Massac State Park

1308 E 5th St.
Metropolis, Illinois 62960

dnr.state.il.us/lands

618-524-4712

 

Fort Massac State Park is a combination of scenic beauty, historic area with a replica 1802 American Fort, and museum and visitor center.  Attractions at the park include spacious day use area with picnic tables, grills, picnic shelters, playgrounds, hiking trails that include one self-guided tree identification trail and a Class A campground.  There are many historic special events and programs held throughout the year.

 

7:00AM – 10:00PM Daily

 

Park Admission: Free. Camping Rates: $20 per night for sites with electricity; $10 per night primitive area.

George Rogers Clark Discovery Bike Trail

1308 E 5th St.

Metropolis, Illinois 62960

facebook.com/GRC-discovery-trail

618-524-4712

 

This brand new trail is home to the longest pedestrian bridge in the state of Illinois.  The 8.7 mile trail begins at the Superman Statue, winds through the city streets and then through the historic and natural areas inside Ft. Massac State Park.  Ride or walk along the path that was once the Illinois Central Railroad as it leads you to Brookport, IL.

Parking is located inside Fort Massac and at Strawberry Shortcut Road.

Kincaid Mounds Archaeological Site

10 miles east of Brookport, Illinois
Follow “Ohio River Scenic Byway” Signs

kincaidmounds.com

877-424-5025

 

Kincaid Mounds State Historic Site is a nationally significant Native-American archaeological treasure.  From about 800 AD to 1500 AD it was the ‘capital’ of a chiefdom that stretched from Brookport to Hamletsburg along the Ohio River.  Today, the mounds still exist and a constructed overlook platform and interpretive panels tell the story of the significant contribution and historical value of the Native American culture.

Mermet Lake Fish & Wildlife Area

U.S. 45, just north of Metropolis
Metropolis, Illinois 62960

dnr.state.il.us/lands

618-524-5577

 

Illinois Department of Natural Resources Mermet Lake Fish & Wildlife Area is a 2680 acre wildlife area where game and nongame species can be observed in their natural environment.  The wildlife area has two walking trails, one ADA accessible.  Although its primary focus is wildlife/waterfowl, special events can be held on property.

Always Open except closed mid-November to early February for waterfowl season.

Free

Mermet Springs

6724 N. U.S. Highway 45

Metropolis, Illinois 62960

mermetsprings.com

618-527-3483

 

Mermet Springs is a full service dive site and scuba training facility centered in 8 1/2 acres of water in an abandoned stone quarry.  Offering dives from 15-120 feet, the springs also has numerous sunken treasures to explore, including the jet airplane from the movie “US Marshals.”

The Ohio River

1308 E. 5th St.

Metropolis, Illinois

 

 

Boating is a popular recreational activity in this riverside town.  Boat ramps are available at Fort Massac and at the foot of Market Street near Harrah’s Casino  Or, you can choose to bring your own lawn chair and fishing pole and cast your line from the shore.