By Robert Duffer.
This one goes all the way to the southern tip of Illinois.
In the Shawnee National Forest, near the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers in the southern tip of the state, the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail winds south of Carbondale (Home of Southern Illinois University and a wild Halloween party).
Take I-57 from Chicago and consider picking up off the Great River Road (Ill-3) along the Mississippi, then head east on Town Creek Road over the Big Muddy River to Route 127, where the trail begins. Two-lane roads will take you to a dozen wineries. Along the way, places like the Little Grand Canyon and Jackson Falls are treasures
Wine and Scenery. Sounds Like a Winner, Just Don't Taste Test Too Much. --RoadDog