Activities and Attractions
in the French Colonial Country Region


Wineries In French Colonial Country
In the early 1900s both Illinois and Missouri were prolific in the wine making business. The wine businesses in both states were dealt a severe blow when the Prohibition era began. Today wineries have made a comeback and French Colonial Country offers visitors a variety of quality wineries, many of which serve food and provide live entertainment, making a trip to the region a pleasurable experience.


Camping in French Colonial Country
French Colonial Country has a number of different options for visitors who want to camp. Hawn State Park has facilities for all types of camping from RVs to tents set among its pine forest habitat. Washington State Park has facilities for all types of camping including cabins and features prehistoric petroglyphs, rock carvings, from a Mississippian Native American culture and stone structures that were built by the CCC during the depression. There are also a number of private campgrounds to choose from. Randolph County State Recreation Area and Morse Mill Park offers camping options and there are several private campgrounds.


Sainte Genevieve-Modoc Ferry
Sainte Genevieve, Missouri
Follow North Main Street about 1 1/2 miles from the Historic District of Sainte Genevieve to the Little Rock Landing on the Mississippi River. The Modoc Landing is accessible from Illinois Routes 3 and 155 on the Illinois side. The ferry runs during daylight hours approximately every fifteen minutes and a fee is charged.

Bird Watching
French Colonial Country offers birders a number of beautiful natural places to indulge in their hobby. Hawn State Park, Washington State Park, and Pickle Springs Natural Area are considered excellent places to spot an abundant number of species.

The official Tourism site for the state of Missouri.
The official site for the Illinois Bureau of Tourism.
Comprehensive guide sponsored by Convention & Visitors Bureau of Ste. Genevieve, MO.
Comprehensive guide for the town of Chester, Illinois and surrounding Randolph County.
Comprehensive listing and descriptions of all of America's Scenic By-Ways provided by the Federal Highway Administration.

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