Unity Lodging
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A Green Hotel Serving the Shawnee National Forest

Come experience home away from home.

Come to be one with Nature.

Come to be one with one another.

Come experience unity in a diverse collective.

Let’s return to where we came from.

Unity Lodging
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Unity in a Diverse Collective

Come experience home away from home.

Come to be one with Nature.

Come to be one with one another.

Come experience unity in a diverse collective.

Let’s return to where we came from.

Unity Lodging
Unity Lodging

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Unity Lodging

Prices start at: $120 per night (+taxes and fees)

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Prices start at: $88 per night (+taxes and fees)

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Prices start at: $66 per night (+taxes and fees)

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Accommodation Shawnee National Forest
Accommodation Shawnee National Forest

RAISING COMFORT TO THE HIGHEST LEVEL

Welcome to Unity Lodging

“Hospitality is simply an opportunity to show love and care”.

“Customers may forget what you said but they will never forget how you made them feel”.

Accommodation Shawnee National Forest

Our Amenities

This private suite has three single beds, one private bath, private entrance, a desk, a mini refrigerator, a mini oven with stoves, and a TV. It is part of a 12 room lodge on the Ohio River Scenic Byway within a five-minute drive to the Golconda Marina, the Golconda Food Mart, restaurants, bars, and stores. Many attractions in the Shawnee National Forest and Southern Illinois are within a 30 minute drive.

Mini Bar

WiFi

In-room Safety

Free Parking

Indoor Fire Place

Air Conditioned

Smoke Alarm

Long Term Stays (up to 30 days)

Accommodation Shawnee National Forest

People Say

“The managers of the property switched me to a different room, however they told me about 48 hours in advance (which gave me plenty of time) with a thorough explanation, as they placed me into a better room. It was all smooth sailing. Furthermore, they explained the check-in process in detail, which helped me out of a jam as I arrived later than expected. Nevertheless, they were kind and accommodating. If you’re on a cross country road-trip looking to crash for the night, then look no further if you happen to be in Southern Illinois. You get a lot bang for your buck. These hosts have it down to a science!”

accommodation Southern Illinois
MarkMay 2019
Accommodation Shawnee National Forest

Amazing Spots

The planet is a vast and beautiful place, full of exciting and wonderful people. When you leave a beautiful place, you carry it with you wherever you go.

Garden of the Gods

Looking for spectacular views with a short hike among some of the most unique rock formations in the United States? Look no further than Garden of the Gods in Southern Illinois. The most popular hike in the Shawnee National Forest, Garden of the Gods gives tourists amazing insight into the geologic structure of Southern Illinois and a view that stretches for miles high over the pristine hills of Shawnee Forest.

Cave-in-Rock

Along the south eastern border of Illinois, flows the majestic Ohio River. Over the centuries, the Ohio has silently carved the limestone bluffs that line the shores of the scenic Shawnee area into some of the most beautiful and visited tourist attractions in Southern Illinois.

Among these attractions stands the historic cavern of Cave In Rock State Park. Acquired by the State of Illinois in 1929, the popular cavern is located in the village of Cave In Rock . Burrowed out by the winds and water of time, the white limestone shines out along the shoreline of the Ohio with an array of flora and fauna. Each year thousands of visitors, both from across the US and the local area, walk the gravel trail down to the Ohio’s edge and stand in awe of the massive opening leading into the mouth of the limestone cathedral.

Jackson Falls

Hike in from the trailhead and follow the creek bed to the top of the waterfall, then around the “dog leg,” and arrive at the bottom of the falls for a magnificent view of the waterfall’s vertical bluffs, and inviting pool. To kick your hiking adventure up a notch, tie up at the top of Jackson Falls and rappel in! Please avoid disturbing the fragile plant life on the rock walls to preserve the natural ecosystem of the falls.

Rim Rock Trail Illinois

View magnificent scenery from the top of Rim Rock! Known for their outstanding floral beauty, the upper and lower trails are flush with woodland flowers each Spring! The trail at Rim Rock is so beautiful that it was designated a National Recreation Trail in 1980 and makes a perfect setting for picnicking or hiking. However, the beauty here is not only found at surface level; Rim Rock has deep connections with American history!

Pounds Hollow Lake

Do you and your family enjoy boating, hiking, or swimming? Experience all this and more at Pounds Hollow Recreation Area! Pounds Hollow offers a variety of outdoor activities that are sure to appeal to the entire family. The twenty-five acre lake surround thousands of scenic woodland creates a plethora of natural diversions. Finished in the 1940’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps Men, the lake at Pounds Hollow and the surrounding trails continue to provide plenty of activities for an entire weekend, or you can pack it all into a day!

Millstone Bluff

Experience prehistoric Illinois on your hike at Millstone Bluff. This unique peak into a prehistoric Native American community offers more variety than any other archaeological dig in Southern Illinois. This Mississippian dwelling area was inhabited between 1492, when Columbus “discovered” the New World, and 1540, the year Hernando De Soto began his trek through the Southeastern United States.

Vineyards and Wineries

Spend your afternoon, or the whole weekend, unwinding and chatting over a glass of locally prepared wine. Feel free to enjoy a quiet stroll through a vineyard, or attend one of the many festivals offered nearly year-round at the wineries. Music festivals, local artisans, and even grape-stomping are featured activities! Enjoy the good life taking in the breathtaking scenery of southern Illinois, while visiting the region’s booming wine industry.

Bell Smith Springs

Step out of your day to day, walk down Bell Smith Springs’ stone steps, and into a natural jewel in the Shawnee National Forest. Enjoy a day of scenic views or hike all weekend. Bell Smith Springs, made up of a series of clear rocky streams and scenic canyons bordered by high sandstone cliffs, offers 8 miles of picturesque trails and a variety of rock formations painted by blossoming Spring wildflowers.

Burden Falls

Experience Burden Falls Wilderness Area! This 3,775 acre state designated wilderness area is comprised mainly of second-growth hardwood forests with a variety of tree species including blackjack oak, post oak, and white oak interspersed with various pine forest plantations and hosts stunning waterfalls at its southern border.

High Knob Vista

Enjoy a panoramic view of the great Shawnee Forest and its vast, wooded hills and pastoral landscape. This area is a mecca for hikers and horseback riders. Located on the River-to-River Trail.

Sand Cave

Check out Sand Cave, a little known historical gem of Shawnee National Forest! Take in a unique sampling of the original landscape of Illinois, while hiking an easy walking trail to what is known as the largest sandstone cave in North America! The mouth of Sand Cave is nearly 30 feet wide and set into the rock approximately 100 feet constituting a jaw-dropping experience for any hiker or equestrian.

accommodation Garden of the Gods
Garden of the Gods
Hotel Cave in Rock
Cave-in-rock
Jackson Falls
Hotel Cave in Rock
Rim Rock Trail
Southern Illinois accommodation
Southern Illinois Wine Trail
Accommodation Shawnee National Forest
Pounds Hollow Lake
Accommodation Shawnee National Forest
Millstone Bluff
Bell Smith Springs
Burden Falls
High Knob Vista
Sand Cave

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Testimonials

People Say:

“Rooms were very well-appointed with kitchenettes in each room and immaculate condition. Very bright and airey feeling which is hard to capture in a small suite. We stayed in 2, 3 and 6 and would highly recommend them and would definitely stay there again in the future. The little town has a nice little stop & shop as well as a couple of small hometown restaurants that did not disappoint us and it is very close to some historical sites as well as the Shawnee national Forest and lots of beautiful landscapes”

Hotels in Golconda
JESSICAJULY 2019

“We came for weekend trip to Shawnee National forest, and this was the perfect place to stay. For visiting east side locations this place is nicely located. We loved staying this place, very convenient and hassle free check in process. Host replied all the questions in timely manner. In short it was a great stay and will look forward for next time.”

Hotels in Golconda
MOHITAUGUST 2019

“Unity lodge is very nice and clean. Private driveway for parking. The living room area is nice and spacious. The kitchen is very nice and clean. Upstairs has two good sized bedrooms with two beds and TV in each room. Full and twin bed. The host was also very nice and easy to communicate with and gave us awesome recommendations. Definitely an awesome unique place to stay in if visiting Shawnee national forest.”

accommodation Southern Illinois
HENRYSEPTEMBER 2020

“Great place to stay for a quick visit to the Shawnee National Forest! Very, very clean! Beds could be a bit more comfortable, but are fine for a night or two. Kitchen, while sparking clean and well stocked for coffee drinkers, could use items to prepare meals. Overall, a very spacious and clean place to stay!“

accommodation Southern Illinois
DANIELOCTOBER 2020

“Room was very clean. Good quality towels. Location close to the Ohio River Golconda has a nice spur where you can park your car near a picnic table and enjoy being on the river and watching the barges and also close to hikes in the Shawnee National Forest. Great value for the money. I would definitely stay here again.”

accommodation Southern Illinois
CYNTHIASEPTEMBER 2019

“Good price for what you get. This is practically the same as motel room. Extremely basic. Place to spend a night. Very clean. Good location if you are there for Garden of the Gods. If you want to do even simple cooking, take everything with you. There are no pans or dishes.”

accommodation Southern Illinois
ELINAOCTOBER 2020

“For starters, the host is friendly, responsive, knowledgeable, and helpful with every aspect of our reservation and stay, and with guiding us to some great local spots for dining, hiking, sunrise/sunset viewing, and other outdoor activities. The room itself (Suite #3) was sparkling clean, even to our Covid-inspired germaphobic eyes. Though the hotel-style room and amenities are relatively basic, they included some thoughtful and practical additions, such as a large toaster oven with two built-in stove burners on top, and an electric teapot in addition to the coffee maker. The location was great, two minutes from the historic main street, with picturesque architecture, cute shops, and tasty dining/drinking options (most with outdoor seating ample enough to accommodate social distancing). If you’re looking for a clean, affordable, and well-located home base from which to explore the nearby parks and other attractions, this place is a great no-hassle option.“

accommodation Southern Illinois
JOHNAUGUST 2020

“Unity Lodge is located in a great location near many of the Shawnee National Forest (west side) attractions. The place was very clean. Communication responses were fast and timely. It fit our needs perfectly. We were out all day and simply needed a place to cleanup and rest at the end of our long days. The small stove, oven and refrigerator were an added bonus we were not expecting. They came in handy to store leftovers and reheat them later. My only suggestion to the host would be to please install a deadbolt for added security. If you are looking for a clean, centrally located place with the simple basics this is a great place!“

accommodation Southern Illinois
VERONIAMAY 2018