Wine Trail Wilderness is located in the heart of the Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois. It is actually part of the Ozarks, but in Illinois! We are conveniently situated between a couple of the finest wineries on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. Hickory Ridge Winery is only a quarter mile South and Pomona Winery is North about a half mile. On April 8th, 2024 we will o
Wine Trail Wilderness is located in the heart of the Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois. It is actually part of the Ozarks, but in Illinois! We are conveniently situated between a couple of the finest wineries on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. Hickory Ridge Winery is only a quarter mile South and Pomona Winery is North about a half mile. On April 8th, 2024 we will once again be on the path of totality for the Solar Eclipse ... a wonderfully surreal experience. We have 37 acres of forest and open field to camp right off Hickory Ridge Road near the "town" of Pomona, Illinois. Little Grand Canyon, Snake Road at La Rue Pine Hills, Pomona Natural Bridge and Oakwood Bottoms are close by for hiking. There are 9 other wineries on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail as well. Five of those wineries are within 10-15 minutes of the Wine Trail Wilderness campsite. This is a great place to relax, unwind, share a bottle of wine and totally decompress. At night, enjoy stargazing along with a peaceful crackling campfire. The Mississippi River is only 8 miles away and we enjoy lots of migratory birds, making it a great area for bird-watching.We're happy to say that we've been voted Number One Hipcamp in Illinois two years in a row! Forbes magazine also included us in their list of top Hipcamps to camp out. We'd love to have you come out and experience Southern Illinois wine country!
- Check in: After 12PM
- Check out: Before 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out Weeknight discount: 20% off
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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
We have paved country roads with some challenging hills.
Cedar lake, Kinkaid lake, Crab Orchard lake, Little Grassy lake and Murphysboro lake are all close by. If it's a motorboat, man...Read more
Little Grand Canyon is very close by. Snake Road and La Rue Pine Hills with beautiful bluffs and forests are close by too.
Closest Horseback riding is available at Giant City State Park. 45 minutes from Wine Trail Wilderness.
We have some serene lakes without homes on them. Cedar lake, Little Grassy lake and Devil's Kitchen are great for kayaking or...Read more
Giant City State Park and La Rue Pine Hills offer climbing and rappelling opportunities.
Some of our local lakes offer swimming opportunities. Hutchins Creek and Kinkaid Spillway are fun places to go.
We are about 8 miles as the crow flies from the Mississippi flyway. We are in the Shawnee National Forest and have a lot of bir...Read more
Natural features you'll find at Wine Trail Wilderness in Illinois.
We are in the heart of the Shawnee National Forest! It's beautiful here.
Cedar lake is 12 minutes away.
We've got just the spot for a good old fashioned local swimming hole. It's a beautiful spot on Hutchins Creek.
Kinkaid Spillway is a pretty area and a nice way to stay cool and soak your feet in the many falls.
Cache River and the Cache River Interpretive center are well worth seeing.
Our driveway is circular, so you can pull into our house with your rig and not worry about having to back up.
Places to see near Wine Trail Wilderness
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Jon was a fantastic host! He was very communicative and responsive to our questions, check in was easy, and though our trip was pretty rainy throughout, we had a great time exploring the wineries of the region. The site gave our group plenty of space and felt private from the other sites on the property. Jon even helped pull me out when I got stuck in the mud from the rainstorms as we were leaving! Would highly recommend this little spot and we will definitely be back! Thanks Jon!
This a great campsite especially if you want to feel secluded and away from other campers. It is very quiet so you don’t hear your neighbors. Jon is a great host. He checked on us a few times to make sure we had what we needed. He also provides a decent amount of fire wood for minimal cost. This place is also really convenient to several wineries and hiking trails. I would highly recommend this places to anyone. We had a great stay.
Once we found our little spot, it was great! John set us up at the Outpost with some water, a fire pit and some chairs. This was our first camping trip with our puppy and she loved running around! Definitely check out the local wineries and hikes that are nearby! Thank you all for your hospitality!
Lovely wineries, campsite & hosts
We loved our stay at the Wine Trail! Jon and Carla were so kind and welcoming. The campsite was secluded and beautiful, and so close to the wineries. The provided outhouse, garbage & recycling pickup, and daily well water were really appreciated amenities. We also purchased firewood from Jon and opted for his $10 tent setup. I would highly recommend this site to anyone!
Tucked out of the way spot, with great camping sites. Jon, the owner, was a fantastic host providing the amenities to make a great stay and constant improving the spot. Will definitely be back to visit the nearby Wineries, hiking spots and rock climbing spots again.
We had a wonderful stay at Wine Trail Wilderness. Jon greeted us when we arrived and we rode in his ATV with his two dogs to check out possible sites for our 29-foot travel trailer. We decided to park beside the gazebo as that provided us with the easiest egress. We were also able to hook up to 15-amp electricity there. It would be difficult to get a larger RV in any of the spots. The sites are best for tent campers or camping vans/small RVs.
The night before it had rained heavily, so the grass was soft. Our usual Anderson levelers sunk into the ground and were useless. So Jon nicely provided us with two pieces of wood to put under our tires. He stayed with us and chatted with us until we were set up. We were able to level side-to-side but couldn’t quite level front-to-back.
The first night it poured rain and was very windy. However, the night day was lovely. That evening we had a nice fire in the fire pit with firewood we purchased from Jon. We heard coyotes howling in the distance. There were two tent campers as well, but they were quite some distance from us, so they didn’t disturb us. Jon stopped by while we were sitting by the fire to check on us. He is very friendly and wants to make sure his guests are satisfied with their camping experience.
We would definitely recommend Wine Trail Wilderness!
Wine trail wilderness camping
Jon's Wine Trail Wilderness is a lovely camping spot well positioned within a quarter of a mile from Hickory Ridge Winery. The camp sites afford plenty of privacy, had good seating, drinking water and firewood. The compost toilets were very clean and convenient. Jon was a great host from start to finish, and I look forward to my next outing there.