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.

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Looking for more to explore in Southern Illinois? While we love the Shawnee National Forest, you should also consider a visit to this peaceful and remote lake in Carbondale!

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