Things To Do in Illinois!

What is there to do when visiting Heartland lodge and West Central Illinois? We are located in the country but in the middle of everything! If you are looking for things to do in Illinois or Missouri, Heartland Lodge is in the perfect location! Located in Pike County, Illinois, the lodge is a full-service resort with fun things to do for everyone in the family! Scroll down to see all your options!

  • Lay Under the Stars – Our location is perfect for laying on a blanket and looking at the stars
  • Movie & Popcorn – Curl up and watch a movie with popcorn
  • Take a Hike – Enjoy the miles of scenic trails and enjoy all the nature that surrounds the resort.
  • Relax – Sit on the deck with your favorite beverage and experience all your stress disappear
  • Read a Book – Escape into that book you have been wanting to read

Horseback Riding trails in Illinois

Horseback Riding Trails 

If you enjoy horseback riding and being around others who love horses, you will fall in love with Heartland Lodge’s Riding Stables. You can bring your own horse too!

Fishing opportunities at the lodge

Fishing & Guided Fishing Trips

There are four fishing ponds located at the Heartland OHV Park and we’re only 17 miles away from the 200-acre Pittsfield Lake! Rent one of our Polaris Side by Sides and fish all the ponds on the OHV Park. We also offer guided Mississippi River catfishing trips!

UTV riding in Il

UTV Polaris Rentals

There isn’t a better way to enjoy our beautiful rolling countryside than taking an equally relaxing and exciting ride on our Polaris rentals!



Summer nights on the river cannot be beat!

Guided River Tour Excursions/ Romantic Sunset Cruise Package

Our newest attraction at the lodge this summer is our Mississippi River Tour Excursions! Enjoy a half or full day scenic river tour or a romantic sunset cruise- complete with a romantic basket!



Sporting Clays course 15 stations

Sporting Clays

Heartland’s fifteen-station sporting clays course is one of the finest shooting courses in the Midwest.

ATV Riding trails and park

ATV/ UTV/ Dirtbike Riding

Our ATV park and lodges are quickly becoming a “vacation hot spot” for individuals, families and groups that are looking for a nice place to get away and have miles of trails to ride their four wheelers, UTVs and dirt bikes. Our ATV park is the largest in the state at 1,200 acres and over 60 miles of trails!


Cornhole Tournament Weekend

Cornhole Boards

We are excited to announce a new addition to our lodge and cabin amenities – cornhole boards! Now you can enjoy a fun round of cornhole during your stay with us. Each lodge and cabin option has its own set of boards, providing a fun entertainment option for you and your guests, no matter the age!

Enjoy a relaxing horse ride on our scenic trails

Horseback Riding Lessons

Whether you’re a beginning rider with limited experience or a seasoned pro, our individualized lessons can be customized just for you! Participants can expect a transformative and personalized equestrian experience.

guest enjoying a scenic hayride

Scenic HayrideOur one hour long scenic hayride along the Mississippi River bluffs is a favorite with our guests.

Bonfire With Smores

Bonfire with Smores

Relax around he bonfire and enjoy some Smores!

Pistol Range in Illinois

Pistol Range

All guests staying overnight can enjoy our outdoor pistol range for Free!

Special Events near the lodge

Special Event Weekends

Winery & Brewery Tours – Girls’ Getaway Weekends – Special ATV Weekends – Romantic Month – Couple’s Weekend – Wild Berry Picking Weekend – Fourth of July Celebration – Morel Mushroom Picking Weekend

Fund Day Trips - Lighthouse

Day Trips

There are SOOO many great things to see and do within a day’s drive of the resort. You will want to plan an extra day or week to explore all the site seeing attractions. From historic Hannibal Missouri, home of Mark Twain to Springfield Illinois, home of Abe Lincoln you will find great shopping, dining, entertainment, wineries and breweries along with great site seeing attractions. The majestic Mississippi River runs through the heart of all of these wonder day trips you can take right from the resort!

Golfing near the lodge


Within a short distance of Heartland Lodge you can enjoy several different private or public golf courses.

Bike Riding close to the lodge

Bike Riding

Enjoy the miles of bike routes and trails that surround Heartland Lodge, located between the Mississippi and Illinois River in scenic Pike and Calhoun County, Illinois.

Local Attractions close to the lodge

Local Attractions

The Rolling Hills of Pike & Calhoun Counties in Illinois are the perfect location for your next getaway, vacation or retreat.

More information on shed hunting

Whitetail Deer Shed Antler Hunting (FREE When You Stay Overnight)

During the months of February and March, many guests enjoy hunting for shed deer Antlers. Yes, you get to keep any you find!

Morel Mushroom Hunting at the lodge information

Morel Mushroom Hunting (FREE When You Stay Overnight!)

In West-Central Illinois where Harpole’s Heartland Lodge is located, morel mushrooms are certainly the mushrooms of choice. They are often found on the properties here during April and May. Fresh morels are the ultimate spring delicacy!

Wild Berry Picking information at the lodge

Wild Berry Picking (FREE When You Stay Overnight!)

Around June through August is the time of year for picking wild Blackberries and Raspberries in Illinois! The Heartland Lodge properties are loaded with these tasty berries.

Information about Glassing Whitetails

Glassing Whitetails

If you enjoy watching monster bucks in the summertime, June through September is the perfect time to observe some of the biggest whitetails in the country! The backroads around the lodge properties are filled with whitetails!


Disc Golf Course

Enjoy a round of disc golf at Pittsfield Lake, only a short drive away from the main lodge. This course offers 18 holes now and is currently working on expanding. This disc golf course is known to be one of the nicest, most challenging courses in Illinois! You’ll also be able to enjoy beautiful views of the 200-acre lake!