Winter is a great time to enjoy the slower, quieter side of Shawnee Forest country.  The cooler temperatures mean no bugs and the trees are bare, allowing you to see much further into the forests. Bluffs hidden behind the summer foliage emerge dramatically into sight.

Scenic view in the Garden of the Gods area of the Shawnee National Forest

Hiking is available year-round, and if you have visited in another season winter can offer a very different experience.  The weather is generally mild, and you can pretty much have the trails all to yourself.  Enjoy a peacefulness that only winter can provide.

After a day of hiking, bicycling, horseback riding or zip-lining relax in front of a fire, or roast hot dogs and marshmallows.    Some cabins and cottages also offer  hot tubs, as well as booking incentives for December through February.

The  Shawnee Hills Wine Trail has provided you with great incentives to do so. Enjoy the excitement of visiting your favorite wineries, while savoring their wines and SAVING BIG.  Discounts on wine, merchandise, food and more are offered at the wineries.

With your purchase of a winery passport, you will receive discounts at each of our member wineries as well as a chance to win wonderful prizes along the trail. What do you say? Enjoy a week or weekend with us and join in the fun with our NEW passport adventure.

Prizes Include: Wine Trail Merchandise / Overnight Stays / Wine Bucks / Get passport Tickets & More!  See details HERE

Bring your passport to each Shawnee Hills Wine Trail winery and have it stamped at each winery you visit. (One passport per person, per visit. Each passport is valid for one time use at each winery.) Once your passport has been stamped/completed, leave it at the last winery that you visit. Your passport acts as your ticket for entry into the drawing for great prizes along the trail, but completed passports MUST be turned in by February 29 to be eligible for prize drawings. Prizes will be announced in March. Discounts may not be used in conjunction with any other winery sales or promotions.

Guests who visit all wineries will receive a Wine Trail souvenir, which will be mailed after the event.  Passports will be available for purchase starting in December and may be purchased  at any Shawnee Hills Wine Trail winery to begin your adventure.  Book a stay along the trail today! 


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