Activities & Amenities
Heartland Lodge in Pike County, Illinois, is a full service resort with all the amenities. We offer horseback riding, sporting clays, fishing, hunting, ATV’s, romantic carriage rides, volleyball, croquet, bonfires, Old West cookouts, cross country skiing, sled riding, bike riding, and over 1,200 acres of trails, ponds and unmatched scenic beauty. As if all that wasn’t enough, trips can be arranged to Missouri to visit museums in historic Hannibal, MO, home of Mark Twain and Molly Brown, or Springfield, IL, (home of Abraham Lincoln). At Heartland Lodge, you’ll find the best of Midwest vacations including all your favorite activities.
|Horseback Riding||Sporting Clays||ATV Riding|
For details of things to do in Illinois, click to expand the sections below.
Heartland’s sunset hayride is a favorite among guests who return each year and take the scenic hour-long ride along the bluffs of the Mississippi River. The ride takes you past a working Elk farm, cattle and horse ranches, and turns around at one of the most scenic views of the Mississippi River valley.
The view of the sunset is one of the most beautiful in the Midwest! You will see an abundance of wildlife including whitetail deer, wild turkeys, and all the beauty the country has to offer.
Heartland’s backyard bird sanctuary and its 1200 acres of bird habitat make it one of the best locations for Illinois bird watching and to view many different species of birds. The backyard sanctuary has regular visitors including Cardinals, Goldfinches, Purple Finches, woodpeckers, Bluebirds, Chickadees, and Nuthatches. Heartland’s prairie restoration program consists of CRP fields of Big Blue Stem, Little Blue Stem, and Indian Grass. Millet fields are planted for ample food supply. This habitat is ideal for quail, pheasants, turkeys, and other native birds.
Eagle watching is at its peak from mid-January thru mid-March. The prime eagle watching destinations are only a short drive away! Great dining, wonderful wildlife viewing, and scenic views are all within a day’s drive from the lodge. A great day trip is driving to Clarksville, MO and through the small towns on the Great River Road and National Scenic Byway of Highway 79. You can cross the Mississippi River on one of the ferries to the Great River Road in Illinois. Enjoy Grafton, IL and travel back to the lodge on the beautiful National Scenic Byway.
Raging Rivers Water Park – Pool and water park for everyone. Featuring: The Shark, SwirlPool, Endless River, The Cascades, Breaker Beach, Runaway Rafts, Tree House Harbor, Itty Bitty Surf City. Only 30 miles from the lodge! A great place for the entire family. (www.ragingrivers.com)
The cooks at Heartland Lodge prepare dinner and breakfast meals made from scratch. Homemade rolls, real mashed potatoes and old-fashioned cobblers are just a few of their specialties. Heartland is known world-wide for its presentation and abundance of food at each meal setting.
Also included in the meal package are complimentary coffee, tea and lemonade and the scenic hayride followed by a bonfire with all the fixings for s’mores (marshmallows, graham crackers, and Hershey’s chocolate.) The 1200 acres that surrounds the lodge will give you plenty of room to explore and relax in the outdoors. All of this is included in your package when you stay at Heartland.
Enjoy an entire lodge to yourself. Just book ten rooms in The Original Lodge, seven rooms in Prairie Ridge Lodge or six rooms in Sunset Valley Lodge and you can have any of the three to yourself. The resort is a perfect place to meet with friends and family. Weddings and business outings are also popular at our Midwest resort.
There are many great day trips that can be enjoyed with Heartland Lodge as your starting point.
Visit our Vacation Page for the top things to do in each surrounding town. There is ALOT to do within an hour’s drive of the lodge!!
The Great River Road Trip – Spend the day up and down both sides of the Mississippi River. The Great River Road and National Scenic Byway on the Illinois side and the Great River Road and National Scenic Byway on the Missouri side make an outstanding day trip. You will travel through towns like Clarksville, MO and Grafton, IL. You can cross the Golden Eagle ferry or the bridges in Alton, IL and Louisiana, MO. Attractions: Clarksville Eagle Center, Alton’s National Great Rivers Museum, Kampsville’s Center for American Archeology, antique stores, craft stores, and much more! (Mid-January thru mid-March are peak eagle watching times.)
In 1998, the federal government evaluated dozens of drives around America in search for candidates for National Scenic Byway designation. After a painstaking process, the Illinois Great River Road from Alton to Kampsville was awarded this rare and honored designation. The drive is stunning, with the towering bluffs on one side and the Mighty Mississippi on the other. You can almost touch the cliff-wall and the water at the same time. (57 miles)
Hannibal, Missouri – Mark Twain – Enjoy a day trip to the historic home town of Mark Twain. Hannibal is only 45 miles from the lodge. Great shopping, excellent dining and wonderful sight seeing is all located in Hannibal. Attractions: Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum, Becky Thatcher Home, Mark Twain Cave, Mississippi Riverboat, Molly Brown Birthplace, antique stores, craft stores, and much more!
Springfield, Illinois – Enjoy a day trip to the historic home town of Abraham Lincoln. Springfield is only 80 miles from the lodge. Besides all of the historic sights, there is wonderful shopping and excellent dining. Attractions: Lincoln’s New Salem, Lincoln Home, Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices, Lincoln Tomb, Vachel Lindsay Home, Route 66 sites and much more!
Quincy, Illinois – Enjoy a day trip to the beautiful town of Quincy. Quincy is located only 50 miles from the lodge. This town is full of wonderful shopping and great dining. Make sure you take a drive down Maine street to view the large historic homes. Attractions: Jesus Tree, Governor John Wood Mansion, Villa Kathrine, Quincy Art Center and much more!
Pike County – The county that the lodge is located in has many local attractions. There are antique shops and great attractions in Pike County. Attractions: Nature House Gallery, the “Purple Martin Capital”, local museums, antique shops, craft stores, and scenic drives that will keep you going for hours!
Other Possible Day Trips
Old West Cook Outs (Chuck Wagon)
Sled riding (In season)
Mushroom hunting (In season)
Blackberries (In season)