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Embark on exhilarating solo and family escapades in the Shawnee National Forest! Picture a world where even mud and rocks add an unexpected twist to the adventure.  Believe it or not, it happens here! Forget crowded amusement parks or dull museums; enter the National Park in Illinois, where kids revel in outdoor attractions while adults delve into American and pre-America history, untouched nature, and breathtaking views. It’s not just about family picnics; try rock climbing, indulge in top-notch fishing, or experience kayaking and canoeing. Ever dream of staying in a log cabin or sleeping in a real treehouse? Your chance is here; come explore a bit!

Most Popular Hiking Trails in Shawnee Forest

Explore any of these beautiful and majestic hikes in the Shawnee National Park in Illinois for incredible views and getting up close and personal with rock formations and indigenous history or enjoying family-oriented adventures with beautiful waterfalls, natural land bridges, and so much more.

Garden of the Gods

Eastern Shawnee

This hike puts you on top of fantastic rock structures being able to see for miles!
Cave in Rock

Eastern Shawnee

This quick hike offers great views of the Ohio River for the adults and the cave is a huge hit with kids. Watch out for pirates!
Heron Pond

Central Shawnee

Heron Pond offers some of the most diverse wildlife anywhere in Southern Illinois and the long floating boardwalk gets you in the middle of the action!
Pomona Bridge

Eastern Shawnee

Come and walk over or under the only natural land bridge found in Shawnee National Park in Illinois!

Cabins and Lodging in the Shawnee Forest

So many great choices for lodging in the Shawnee National Forest and the Southern Illinois area can be found here on ShawneeForest.com. Many visitors find the maps and the nearby attractions listed for each lodging option very helpful when planning a vacation or even a simple weekend getaway.

Bigfoot @ Shawnee Forest?

Be sure to check in with Sassy the Sasquatch when visiting Garden of the Gods at Shawnee Forest! Unlike her big brother, she is very social!

Vineyards and Wine Here?

With ShawneeForest.com being the premier tourism website for southern Illinois, it was a natural fit to add a section for one of the area’s most popular attractions; vineyards and wineries.

Shawnee National Forest Maps

GPS Map of the Shawnee (PDF/730k)
This map has GPS coordinates for many of the major attractions within the Shawnee National Forest.  It is highly recommended for all tourist to the southern Illinois area.

Pre-Vacation Planning Map (PDF/1024K)
Interactive map listing many of the more popular attractions within the forest and linking to more detail.  This map is great to use during the planning phase of vacation or hike to the Southern Illinois area or the Shawnee National Park in Illinois.

 

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