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Outdoor & Active

If you’re looking for ways to spend the more time outdoors, in the sun, all while staying active, The Outdoor & Active Itinerary will give you the best recreational, open-air spots in the Mt. Vernon area for you to discover.
Rend Lake and Wayne Fitzgerrell Recreation Area
11094 Ranger Road Whittington, IL 62897
(618) 629-2320

Only 20 minutes south of Mt. Vernon, begin or end your day at Rend Lake Recreation Area. Plan a few hours for boating, water sports, fishing, bike trails, and beach walks. Overlooking the 19,000 acre Rend Lake Reservoir, the Wayne Fitzgerrell Recreation Area offers campers a place to stay, hikers several trails and woods to discover, swimmers a relaxing beach with sand, and bikers miles of scenic trails. Explore scenic wildlife, bring a picnic lunch, take your boat out for a day of sporting fun, the possibilities are endless!

Jaycee Lake
Jaycee Lake Ln. Mt. Vernon, IL 62864

Located in Mt. Vernon, Jaycee Lake is a reservoir perfect for large mouth bass fishing, bike trail riding area, and soaking up the rays by the lake.

Cedarhurst Sculpture Park
2600 E Richview Rd Mt Vernon, IL 62864
(618) 242-1236

This 90-acre park with over 70 outdoor sculptures, is one of the premier destinations for large-scale sculptures in the Midwest. Open everyday but Mondays, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts features a beautiful outdoor campus that includes world renown artwork, a peaceful pond and dock, trails in the woods, sidewalks, and relaxing outdoor space. Cedarhurst is one of only 3% nationally accredited museums. If you need a break from the heat or sun, head inside the museum and view the galleries, gift shop, and family center.