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Makanda is a charming village of approximately 400 located in Jackson County in southwestern Illinois. It's known for its annual spring Makanda Fest and fall Vulture Fest, both of which include live music, lots of good food and arts and crafts shows. Both festivals draw visitors from all around the region. The village of Makanda is located approximately 7 miles south of Carbondale, 3 miles east of Cedar Lake and 5 miles west of Little Grassy Lake. The town is situated within the Shawnee National Forest and is also within a short drive of Giant City State Park, Lake of Egypt and Trail of Tears State Forest. The Makanda Boardwalk is lined with storefronts dating to the 1890s, which have been restored and house shops for local artists and craftspeople. Just a few of the items you'll find for sale in Makanda include art from over 60 local artists, hand made candles, rugs, bronze and copper sculptures, silver and gold items, hand dipped ice cream, coffee and teas. Just a short drive from Makanda is Giant City State Park, which features several unusual geological formations that are over 300 million years old. In addition, the Old Stone Fort, located in the park, was constructed by ancients up to 12,000 years ago. Makanda is also near Little Grassy Lake, a 1,200-acre lake that offers fishing and boating, and the Southern Illinois Wine Trail.

Surrounding areas: Alto Pass, Illinois (5.5 mi), Carbondale, Illinois (7.4 mi), Lake of Egypt, Illinois (15.3 mi), Marion, Illinois (18.0 mi)

Makanda Vacation Rentals

Makanda Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Giant City State Park Lodge And CabinsMakanda, IL (618) 457-4836
Ramada Inn801 N Giant City RdCarbondale, IL3.0 mi.(618) 351-6611
Comfort Inn Carbondale141 E MainCarbondale, IL7.6 mi.(618) 519-4244
Holiday Inn Carbondale800 E Main StCarbondale, IL7.8 mi.(618) 529-1100
Super 8 Motel Carbondale1180 E Main StCarbondale, IL8.1 mi.(618) 457-8822
Heritage Motel1209 W Main StCarbondale, IL8.2 mi.(618) 457-4142
Comfort Inn1415 E Main StCarbondale, IL8.4 mi.(618) 549-4244
Best Inns Of America Carbondale1345 E MainCarbondale, IL8.5 mi.(618) 529-4801
Anna Plaza Motel150 E Vienna StAnna, IL10.8 mi.(618) 833-5215
Hampton Inn2175 Reed Station PkwyCarbondale, IL11.0 mi.(618) 549-6900
Holiday Inn2300 Reed Station PkwyCarbondale, IL11.1 mi.(618) 549-2600
Riverside Inn MotelRt 5Murphysboro, IL11.4 mi.(618) 687-2244
Lincoln Motel601 E Broad StJonesboro, IL11.7 mi.(618) 833-2181
Comfort Inn2600 W MainMarion, IL16.9 mi.(618) 993-6221
Comfort Suites Marion2608 W MainMarion, IL16.9 mi.(618) 997-9133
Holiday Inn Express400 Comfort DrMarion, IL16.9 mi.(618) 998-1220
Americas Best Inns2700 W DeyoungMarion, IL17.0 mi.(618) 997-9421
Drury Inn Marion2706 W DeyoungMarion, IL17.0 mi.(618) 997-9600
Hampton Inn2710 W Deyoung StMarion, IL17.0 mi.(618) 998-9900
Super 8 Motel Marion2601 W Deyoung StMarion, IL17.0 mi.(618) 993-5577
Motel 61008 Halfway RdMarion, IL17.1 mi.(618) 993-2631
Fairfield Inn & Suites By Marriott1400 Halfway RdMarion, IL17.2 mi.(618) 993-3011
Days Inn Marion1802 Bittle PLMarion, IL17.9 mi.(618) 997-1351
Best Western Airport InnRt 8Marion, IL18.4 mi.(618) 993-3222
Econo Lodge1806 Bittle PlceMarion, IL18.4 mi.(618) 993-1644
Limited Inn709 E VineVienna, IL22.4 mi.(618) 658-6300
Budget Inn Motel ViennaRt 146 & I-24Vienna, IL23.3 mi.(618) 658-2802
Americas Best Value Inn128 Cheekwood LnUllin, IL23.8 mi.(618) 845-3700
America's Best Value Inn1001 Factory Outlet BlvdWest Frankfort, IL24.9 mi.(618) 932-2171
Drury Inn & Suites-Jackson225 Drury LnJackson, MO25.8 mi.(573) 243-9200
Royal Inn1010 S Jefferson StDuquoin, IL26.2 mi.(618) 542-4335
Hampton Inn-cape Girardeau103 Cape W PkwyCape Girardeau, MO26.5 mi.(573) 651-3000
Gray Plaza Motel1010 W Main StWest Frankfort, IL26.8 mi.(618) 932-3116
Super 8 Cape Girardeau2011 N KingshighwayCape Girardeau, MO27.1 mi.(573) 339-0808
Budget Inn Motel Du QuoinRR 2Du Quoin, IL27.2 mi.(618) 542-5014
ST Nicholas Hotel12 S Oak StDu Quoin, IL27.2 mi.(618) 542-2183
Hub Motel423 W Main StDuquoin, IL27.2 mi.(618) 542-2108
Fountain Motel112 S Main StPinckneyville, IL27.3 mi.(618) 357-2128
Drury Lodge104 S VantageCape Girardeau, MO28.6 mi.(573) 334-7151
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites3253 William StCape Girardeau, MO28.6 mi.(573) 334-4491

Makanda Weather & Climate

The southern tip of Illinois has a humid, continental climate that borders on a humid subtropical climate. The weather varies widely, but the climate is generally one of hot, humid summers and cold winters. The area can receive heavy snowfall and experiences blizzards periodically, although winters in the southern region are more moderate than the northern parts of the state. Average precipitation for southern Illinois exceeds 44 inches per year. Snowfall in this region is usually less than 14 inches. Illinois averages around 50 days of thunderstorm activity per year, which is somewhat above the national average. The state is also vulnerable to tornadoes, with an average of 35 occurring annually.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 42°F 22°F 3.59 in. -
February 49°F 26°F 3.42 in. -
March 59°F 35°F 4.73 in. -
April 69°F 44°F 4.70 in. -
May 78°F 53°F 5.22 in. -
June 86°F 61°F 4.23 in. -
July 89°F 65°F 3.26 in. -
August 88°F 63°F 3.58 in. -
September 81°F 56°F 3.13 in. -
October 71°F 44°F 3.38 in. -
November 57°F 35°F 4.76 in. -
December 46°F 26°F 4.30 in. -

Makanda Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Southern Illinois airport (MDH) located about 11 miles north of Makanda in Carbondale - Murphysboro, Illinois, the Williamson County Regional airport (MWA) located approximately 15 miles northeast of Makanda in Marion, Illinois, the Cape Girardeau Regional airport (CGI) located roughly 32 miles southwest of Makanda in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, the Perryville Municipal airport (K02) located around 38 miles northwest of Makanda in Perryville, Missouri, the Barkley Regional airport (PAH) located about 46 miles southeast of Makanda in Paducah, Kentucky, and finally the Mt Vernon airport (MVN) located approximately 52 miles northeast of Makanda in Mount Vernon, Illinois.

Makanda Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Millsprings Amusement ParkPaducahKY50.9 mi.
Water Parks
Venture WaterparkEddyvilleKY73.1 mi.
Raging Rivers Water ParkGraftonIL113.7 mi.
Golf Courses
Midland Hills Golf CourseMakandaIL 
Stone Creek Golf CourseMakandaIL 
Hickory Ridge Public Golf CenterCarbondaleIL7.2 mi.
Crab Orchard Golf ClubCartervilleIL12.7 mi.
Union County Country ClubAnnaIL12.7 mi.
Green Acres Golf ClubEnergyIL15.9 mi.
Janscos Stardust Golf & Country ClubJohnston CityIL22.3 mi.
Gambit Golf ClubViennaIL23.9 mi.
Franklin County Country ClubWest FrankfortIL25.2 mi.
Cape Girardeau JC Municipal Golf CourseCape GirardeauMO26.6 mi.
Dalhousie Golf ClubCape GirardeauMO26.6 mi.
Hickory Creek Golf CourseFrankfortIL26.8 mi.
Bent Creek Golf ClubJacksonMO28.4 mi.
Kimbeland Country ClubJacksonMO28.5 mi.
State Parks
Giant City State ParkIL3.4 mi. 
Lake Murphysboro State ParkIL13.6 mi. 
Ferne Clyffe State ParkIL15.6 mi. 
Trail Of Tears State ParkMO17.2 mi. 
Pyramid State ParkIL28.7 mi. 
Bollinger Mill State ParkMO35.6 mi. 
Dixon Springs State ParkIL35.7 mi. 
Wayne Fitzgerrell State ParkIL37.3 mi. 
National Quilt MuseumPaducahKY50.9 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
St. Louis Zoological ParkSt. LouisMO87.1 mi.

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