Hipcamp host Jon W.
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Wine Trail Wilderness is located in the heart of the Shawnee National Forest. 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 wonderfu

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Wine Trail Wilderness is located in the heart of the Shawnee National Forest. 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 34 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.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans, trailers
6 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Bins available
No picnic table
No wifi
RV details
Pull-in site, max length 30ft
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No hookups
Have a question? Send Jon a message!
  • 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

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Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

We have paved country roads with some challenging hills.

Boating

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

Hiking

Little Grand Canyon is very close by. Snake Road and La Rue Pine Hills with beautiful bluffs and forests are close by too.

Horseback riding

Closest Horseback riding is available at Giant City State Park. 45 minutes from Wine Trail Wilderness.

Paddling

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

Climbing

Giant City State Park and La Rue Pine Hills offer climbing and rappelling opportunities.

Swimming

Some of our local lakes offer swimming opportunities.

Wildlife watching

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

Fall Fun

Beautiful drive with fall colors late in October. Last year it was actually the beginning of November for peak colors. Right on...Read more

Fishing

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Wine Trail Wilderness in Illinois.

Forest

We are in the heart of the Shawnee National Forest! It's beautiful here.

Lake

Cedar lake is 12 minutes away.

Wetlands

Cache River and the Cache River Interpretive center are well worth seeing.

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Hipcamper Emily
Emily H.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
April 22nd, 2019

We loved staying at Wine Trail Wilderness! The site was beautiful and our hosts had thought of every possible amenity. Can't wait to come back!

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Hipcamper Denise

Perfect quiet base camp for region

Denise G.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 19th, 2019

I loved this spot and will be back. Jon went above and beyond with the site, amenities and his hospitality. He thought of everything we could have possibly needed. Our site was perfect for a nice peaceful night under the stars and bright moon. Absolutely loved all the wildlife sounds. Wine Trail Wilderness is tucked away but close to everything. You can’t beat the location for hitting the wineries, Shawnee trails and lakes. Close to spectacular destinations like Little Grand Canyon and the natural bridge.

A highlight was Scratch Brewery, foraged-ingredients beerOur site overlooks a prairie with a grass trailLittle Grand Canyon was a big wonderful surprise Hickory Ridge Winery is a nice walk away
Hipcamper Janice

Peaceful, quiet forest retreat

Janice C.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 20th, 2019

You really can't beat this site and location. Nestled in Shawnee National Forest, there are miles of trails to hike, lakes, rivers, and streams to explore, and when you're done, you're close to multiple local wineries and breweries if you want a wind-down.

Jon was the perfect host, setting up the site with the firewood we added on, containers for trash and recycling, a cooler of ice water, and a composting toilet. He even offered to set up a screened patio for us and left us with plenty of recommendations for things to do in the area.

The site itself is private, out of view of the road or any houses. We enjoyed a beautiful full moon, great night sky views unobstructed by light pollution, and a chorus of owls, frogs, and birds.

We enjoyed some wind-down libations at Scratch Brewing in Ava, and Hickory Ridge Vineyards, which is within walking distance of the campsite.

I'd highly recommend this site and am already looking at my calendar to see when I can get back.

Hipcamper Leah

Fireflies, s'mores, great outdoors!

Leah H.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 27th, 2019

Wine Trail Wilderness has peaceful and secluded primitive campsites. The sites include a firepit, small table, trash/recycle bins, a compost toilet, and a beautiful view of the fireflies in the evening. Our hosts, Jon and Carla, were very friendly and helpful. Our canine hosts, Lady and Norton were also there to roll out the welcome wagon. We bought the $5 firewood add on and Jon had even built the wood structure in our firepit, complete with kindling so that our campfire was ready to light as soon as we arrived. The provided wood lasted our entire stay. There are a surprising number of things to do in the area. During our 2-night stay, we hiked the Land Bridge Trail, to the Little Grand Canyon overlook, multiple trails at Giant City State Park and we also kayaked Cedar Lake. 5 Stars! We will be coming back!

Views of the flooded valley from the Little Grand Canyon overlook.Our Firepit at WTWOur Campsite at WTW
Hipcamper Stefan

Pleasant host on the wine trail

Stefan K.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 30th, 2019

Jon and his wife were very welcoming and even invited is to some coffee in the morning.

Sharing a beverage while relaxing at this quite and private site.Field provides for a nice open area to view the stars at night without light  pollution.Winery is just a few minute walk from the camp site.Campsite #1
Hipcamper Heather
Heather S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 30th, 2019

We were surprised at the extra effort that Jon took to ensure we had everything we needed. Our stay was just what we needed to relax. His site is close to hiking and wine all while being private and quiet. Thanks for making our mini getaway memorable.

Hipcamper Hannah

Private campsite with great hosts!

Hannah K.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 26th, 2019

We had a wonderful stay at Wine Trail Wilderness. Jon, his wife and their two friendly dogs greeted us upon our arrival. Jon invited to give us a tour of the entire property on his side-by-side, showing us campsite options along the way. We settled for a site without a fire pit. Jon generously hauled his chiminea down for us to enjoy. The campsite was private and rustic. We comfortable fit two tents on the cut grass area. Another group was some distance away—couldn’t see or hear them. The toilet set-up was basic—a compost toilet—but worked for us. Jon supplied us with a large cooler of ice water. Over all—great spot, lovely hosts and a quick drive to lots of sights. We’ll be back!

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Hipcamper Lauren
Lauren M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 29th, 2019

The site was perfect and Jon could not have been nicer or more accommodating. Super friendly folks, very welcoming, we didn't end up staying because the kiddos underestimated what "camping" was. Had it been just us adults we would've stayed and likely really enjoyed it, may come back in a couple years just us. Would definitely recommend, beautiful place!

Hipcamper Ben

I'm thankful. what a great reset.

Ben V.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 30th, 2019

Jon and his wife seem like very lovely people. He was very insightful, helpful, and nice.
The location is well positioned for many outdoorsy activities in the area. It's well secluded, provides great stargazing, and is maintained.
He has great plans for his hipcampers and aims to treat them very respectfully.
If you're deciding between this place and another, pick this one.

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Property
Wine Trail Wilderness
State
Illinois
$11/night
6 Sites