The good life along Illinois’ Shawnee Hills Wine Trail | Midwest Living

The good life along Illinois’ Shawnee Hills Wine Trail

Read about our fall getaway on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, then check out our three-day itinerary to plan your trip.


Giant City State Park near Makanda.
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The General Store at Walker's Bluff.
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Day 3

Towering rock formations gave Giant City State Park its name, and a 45-minute moderate hike winds through them. Stop at the visitors center in Makanda for trail maps and to catch a 20-minute film about the park’s history and ecology. (618) 457-4836;

A hike means you won’t feel so guilty when you indulge in a flaky apple dumpling from Flamm Orchards in Cobden. (618) 893-4241;

As you head home, stop for lunch at the 17th Street BBQ in Murphysboro. The barbecued meats and baked beans are legendary, and the decadent banana pudding is served in a Mason jar. (618) 684-3722;

In Carbondale, the General Store at Walker's Bluff offers great shopping, with kitchen items and gifts. (618) 985-8463;

 (A version of this story appeared in Midwest Living® September/October 2012.)


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