Shawnee Wine Trail Offers Wine Tasting and More

June 12, 2015 by

Shawnee Hills

The Shawnee Wine Trail in Southern Illinois features twelve wineries, bed and breakfasts and cabins for lodging at the winery of your choice and along with wine tasting, the area offers a unique selection of activities ideal for those who love nature including hiking, biking, water sports, ziplining, and more.

On Site Lodging

Guests have an opportunity to book accommodations for a night or two at the winery of their choice along the Shawnee Wine Trail. For instance, the Blue Sky Vineyard has two suites in the winery proper.

The Kite Hill Bed and Breakfast which is situated in the northwest corner of the Shawnee Hill Wine Trail makes a good choice for the adventurous with the Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour (zipline) and other local hiking attractions nearby.

For those traveling with a group, the Rustle Hill Winery has five cabins located on site which can accommodate a total of 30 people and Von Jakob Lodging provides lodging in two houses that are within walking distance of the winery.

Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour

Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour

Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour

When you visit the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, be sure to check out the Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour.

This eco-friendly zip line canopy tour is entirely tree-based and is located on 83 acres surrounded by the Shawnee National Forest. This attraction offers eight zip lines with the longest stretching over 1,000 feet as it zigs and zags across bluffs and through the valley.

Along with the zipline, the tour also includes 11 platforms high in the trees, three aerial suspension bridges, and two short hikes on the ground. This is an exciting way to experience all of nature – the flora, fauna, geology and history! And it’s fun!

Little Grand Canyon

Hiking the Little Grand Canyon

Little Grand Canyon

Another must-see while visiting the Shawnee Wine Trail is the Little Grand Canyon with its 365 foot climb from the canyon floor up to panoramic views of the Big Muddy River and the Mississippi flood plain.

This is a 3.6 mile trail and can take 3-4 hours to complete with benches provided along the way for those who want to take a break. For those who have a fear of heights, be aware that the ground drops off sharply on either side of the trail along the way.

This just scratches the surface of the wealth of things to do and see along the Shawnee Wine Trail. Be sure to check out their website for a complete breakdown of all there is to see in do in this beautiful part of the country.

Photo credits: Jason Pinkston, ShawneeZips, Shawnee Hills Outdoors

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