Drive The Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, Then Hike To Jackson Falls For A Real Illinois Adventure
By Meghan Byers|Published September 26, 2022
A New Jersey native, Meghan is passionate about travel and enjoys finding off-the-beaten path destinations. You're most likely to find her at a coffee shop, or hitting the trails with her dogs. She graduated with a creative writing degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University and has been writing professionally for over a decade.
Southern Illinois is fast becoming known for its expanding wine country. And the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail gives you a chance to experience a taste of 11 different wineries along a 35-mile stretch, while also enjoying some beautiful Illinois scenery along the way. Once you’ve tried some delicious local wine, venture into the Shawnee National Forest for a hike to Jackson Falls, a picturesque seasonal waterfall along a trail that also features unique rock formations. Wine, scenic views, and a beautiful hike – it’s the perfect Illinois day trip.