Illinois Caverns to reopen next week

Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) on June 8 announced that Illinois Caverns, a staple attraction in southern Illinois, will reopen to the public on Wednesday, June 16, after being closed for more than 10 years.

“As the life-saving power of vaccination allows more and more Illinoisans to get back out there and explore this summer, I’m delighted to announce that travelers will be able to add the Illinois Caverns to their road trip itineraries for the first time in over a decade,” said Governor JB Pritzker. 

“Starting June 16, visitors can explore these natural wonders feeling secure in IDNR’s ongoing management of the native ecosystem, which allows Illinoisans to explore nature while also letting nature thrive. The Illinois Caverns are the perfect addition to any Metro East or southern Illinois road trip – and visitors from across the Midwest can visit to plan their safe summer adventures.”

For more on Illinois Caverns, please see this week’s print edition.