Whether you’re looking for one-of-a-kind art, wine, antiques, or exploring the great outdoors, Southernmost Illinois can take you there. The trails begin in the rolling Southern Illinois countryside where you can sip your way along and discover truly surprising and authentic wine culture on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. Bed and Breakfasts, cabins and cottage rentals dot the region and are great launching pads for wine tasting, hiking or biking enthusiasts. Nearby, the Shawnee National Forest offers hiking, horseback riding, rock climbing, and some of the best fishing. Breathtaking. Natural Beauty. And Adventure.
The Ohio River Scenic Byway in Southern Illinois is your gateway to adventures. Discover antique shops, artist studios and farm markets. Paddle a canoe, explore a cave, camp under the stars. Tour stately mansions, sample artisan wines and stay at a bed & breakfast inn. Try your luck at a casino. With 188 miles of scenic roadway to explore, take a journey along the river and into the Heartland. Come create your own Byway adventure!
In 1996, the Ohio River Scenic Byway was designated one of the original 14 National Scenic Byways in the United States.