Conveniently located near Route 13, Route 127 and Route 149 in Jackson County is Murphysboro, hometown to General John Alexander Logan and currently home to 13,295 people (2000 US Census).

Murphysboro is the home of the Apple Festival! It’s the oldest and largest alcohol free festival in southern Illinois. It takes place every year for 5 days on the second weekend after Labor Day. While attending the festival, you can watch stage shows, the queen contest, apple pie eating contests, ride rides at the carnival and so much more!

Here you will find the seventh-oldest park district in the State of Illinois! Its mission is “to provide recreational and leisure time opportunities to our community and surrounding area in unique, beautiful, historic, safe settings”. It offers three parks for picnics, a pavilion for gatherings, a band shell, a playground and a rec center!