Lodging in the Shawnee National Forest along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail

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Shawnee Wine Trail Lodging Association

Oak Grove Cabins: Offers 3 private and secluded cabins located on wooded acreage inside of the Shawnee National forest. Each cabin features 2 bedrooms and 1 bath with full kitchen, private hot tub, gas fireplace, outdoor fire pit, grill, and more. Pet friendly. Coming soon are 2 one bedroom couples getaway cabins Walnut Grove Cabins

Giant City State Park offer 3 unique types of cabin lodging. The premier Bluff cabins each have a kitchenette and fireplace, the prairie cabins can each accommodate up to 6 guests and the historic cabins were built by the Civilian Conservation Corp. Enjoy an outdoor swimming pool open seasonally and the Lodge is open for 3 meals a day.

Blue Sky Winery Bed and Breakfast has have two elegant suites open year round for your convenience. Complete with old-world-charm, stunning balconies, and a traditional Portuguese breakfast, our suites are sure to make your next stay in Southern Illinois truly memorable.


Woodland Retreat Cabins a secluded log cabin in the woods. Our cabins are nestled in a hilly wooded setting adjacent to the Shawnee National Forest. You’ll find a public hunting area right next door with deer, wild turkeys, squirrels, and countless other wildlife. For the hearty and adventurous we have winding trails throughout our 100 acre wooded farm.

Ashton Ridge Cabins are situated on a high ridge with majestic views of the Shawnee National Forest, Ashton Ridge Cabins are just 2 miles from the entrance to Giant City State Park. Stone Creek Golf Course, and the Southern Illinois Wine Trail are minutes away. Just 15 minutes from Carbondale.


Giant City State Park offers both tent sites and sites with partial hook ups. With its breathtaking natural beauty and unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreation, a trip to Giant City State Park near Carbondale is sure to delight visitors of all ages. From camping and horseback riding to fishing and rappelling, its an outdoor lover’s paradise.

Reserve one of 85 Class A campsites online at ReserveAmerica, Also available are fourteen walk-in Class C sites, and a designated area for youth groups.

Little Grassy Lake Campground and Marina offers camping on the lake from tents to full hookups. Located inside Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge. It offers boating and fishing opportunities where 1,000 acres of crystal clear water , 4 miles long, 1 mile wide, up to 80 feet deep and 31 miles of wooded rocky shoreline create the most scenic lake in southern Illinois.

Makanda offers an array of tourism opportunities for all ages

Come and spend your vacation in Makanda, Illinois. We are located only 7 miles south of Carbondale, Illinois and Southern Illinois University. Makanda is know as the gateway to the Shawnee National Forest and the Shawnee Hills Wine trial. Located only minutes from Cobden, Illinois and Alto Pass, Illinois.

Natural beauty and hospitality await you in Makanda. Travel to the Southern tip of Illinois and experience an whole new part of the state. Home of Giant City State Park and the in the center of the regions lakes and Shawnee Hills Wine Trial.

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