Activities and Attractions
in the Meeting the Ohio River Region
Shawnee Hills Wine Trail
The Southern tip of Illinois is one of the most established wine making regions in the Midwest. Connecting nine award-winning wineries along a 25-mile trail through the beautiful Shawnee National Forest is the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. The group of wineries attracts more than 100,000 visitors each year. For an extended getaway in the heart of Illinois Wine Country, many of the wineries offer cozy bed and breakfasts and suites.
Wineries In Southeastern Missouri
Missouri was once heavily involved in the wine making business with the onset of the Prohibition era dealt a severe blow to this wine making industry. The wineries that wind through the swelling hills of Southeast Missouri are set among some of the state’s most attractive countryside and are a part of a resurgence of vintners that began in the 1980s. Three wineries, alike in that they all are family owned and operated, but each with its unique appeal, and offering a diversity of wines from dry and semi-dry to sweet and fruity have banded together to form the Mississippi River Hills Wine Trail.
The Mississippi River Meets the Ohio River Region of the Middle Mississippi River Valley offers campers a wide range of opportunities. Excellent full service public campgrounds in State Parks can be found at Giant City State Park and Lake Murphysboro in Illinois, Trail of Tears State Park in Missouri, and Columbus-Belmont State Park in Kentucky. Other public sites including natural areas offer a range of services ranging from Class A facilities to primitive camping opportunities. There are also a number of private campgrounds throughout the region.