Shawnee Forest Country in Southernmost Illinois is home to a wide array of unique experiences, but perhaps none are as exhilarating as enjoying a zip line adventure through the canopy of the Shawnee National Forest. Find a little flower power, as you skip through the sunflower field at Rendleman Orchards. Finish up your afternoon with award-winning wines from the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail and you’re sure to have created memories that will be treasured long after the last sip.
Begin your day at Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour where you will: Strap In. Step Off. & Soar. Their adrenaline-filled tour consists of eight zip lines, three suspension bridges and three short hikes through, and over, the rolling Shawnee Hills, bluff lines and creeks of the southern Illinois. (A shorter, Chipmunk Run, zip line tour is also available.)
Head over to Rendleman Orchards’s Sunflower field and pumpkin patch and skip down the path, and enjoy seeing the chickens and goats. Browse the farm market for farm fresh apples and apple products and other produce.
Following your adventures, travel to one of the nearby Shawnee Hills Wine Trail wineries and savor a glass of your favorite Illinois wine while reflecting on your tour. The first established wine trail in the state of Illinois, the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail consists of eleven wineries, offers over 100 wines and is the perfect way to finish up a fun-filled day in the Shawnee.
Totally encompassed within the hills of the Shawnee Hills American Viticultural Area, Illinois’ first designated wine growing region, each winery offers distinctive wines, unique experiences and many offer flavorful menus to satisfy your appetite after a long day of thrill seeking.
Whether looking for a cozy cabin for two, room with a view or the perfect lodging for a group to relax and reminisce, the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail Lodging Association has you covered. Each member of the association is located within 20-minutes of area attractions and can help guide you to some of the regions hidden gems.
Let someone else take the wheel while you kick back, relax and take in the sights. There’s no need to miss a thing during your visit to southernmost Illinois. Wrightway Transportation and Shawnee Shuttle offer knowledgeable, local drivers that will offer you a homegrown experience during your visit. They’ll even pick you up at your place of lodging and shuttle you safely to and from your adventure.
What are you waiting for? Be Inspired and plan your getaway today.