Explore Shawnee Forest Country!
The park offers 2 hiking trails, two basketball courts, three horseshoe pits, two volleyball courts and an archery range, as well as a swimming pool for the summer months. Towering oaks, elms, and birch trees shade the pool. A concession stand near the pool provides a variety of refreshments.
Enjoy free samples, hand-dipped ice cream, and hand-made chocolates of every kind. Monday through Saturday 9 AM to 5 PM, 618-949-3829 . Don’t eat too much chocolate all at once, but definitely buy some to take home and to bring back for your good friends!
Take a left out of The Chocolate Factory parking lot to Route 145. There is an access road to the left, but at the stop sign you will turn right. Continue on 145 to the town of Glendale, and look for the blue signs to Hogg Hollow Winery. Call first: 618-695-WINE. At the far end of Glendale (and it is a very small town), take the last right turn, then again to the right, and look on the left for the vineyard and the Hogg Hollow sign. If you like sweet wines, try Hog Wild or the new strawberry wine. If you prefer dry, try Vintner’s Choice, and there is everything in between. You will enjoy the owners, Steven and Debbie Hogg, who will serve cheese and other snacks with the wine.