Shawnee Hills Wine Trail Ramble

Lick Creek, Illinois

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Wineries with porches overlooking the vineyards, expansive views of the surrounding countryside, a choice of bed-and-breakfasts, and one of the best state parks in Illinois—what could be better? How about throwing in a bike ride along a series of quiet, scenic roads? Wineries in Illinois have rapidly multiplied in recent years. Since the mid-1990s the number of wineries went from about a dozen to more than seventy, and now Illinois is among the top twelve wine-producing states in the nation. Many of Illinois’ new wineries have sprouted up within the Shawnee Hills. Kirby Pringle, a wine columnist for the News-Gazette in Champaign-Urbana, recommends trying Shawnee Hills wines.

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"Wineries with porches overlooking the vineyards, expansive views of the surrounding countryside, a choice of bed-and-breakfasts, and one of the best state parks in Illinois—what could be better? How about throwing in a bike ride along a series of quiet, scenic roads?

Wineries in Illinois have rapidly multiplied in recent years. Since the mid-1990s the number of wineries went from about a dozen to more than seventy, and now Illinois is among the top twelve wine-producing states in the nation. Many of Illinois’ new wineries have sprouted up within the Shawnee Hills. Kirby Pringle, a wine columnist for the News-Gazette in Champaign-Urbana, recommends trying Shawnee Hills wines."

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Lick Creek
Distance: 28.7
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Spring, summer, fall
Local Contacts: Shawnee National Forest, Giant City State Park
Local Maps: USGS Lick Creek quad
Driving Directions: Directions to Shawnee Hills Wine Trail Ramble

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May 2018