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Great family adventures happen in the Shawnee National Forest! Did you ever think mud and rocks could stop a 5 year old cold in their tracks? Well it happens! Sure it’s not a crowded amusement park only for kids or an old boring museum for mom and dad, it’s the Shawnee National Forest! In the forest kids get to play on the attractions while parents get to soak up all that adult stuff they enjoy (history, nature, great views, etc.). And if you think the forest is just for family picnics, think again! How about rock climbing for a day? Maybe try your hand at some of the best fishing in the state of Illinois. Have you ever wanted to stay in a log cabin? Come on! Explore a little!

Check Out These Great Shawnee Forest Adventures!
Garden Of the GodsLittle Grand CanyonCave in Rock

Cabins and Lodging in the Shawnee Forest

Cabins Camping & Hotels

So many great choices for lodging in the Shawnee National Forest and the Southern Illinois area can be found here on 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.

Most Popular Hikes

Great hikes in the Shawnee National Forest

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 Forest!

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 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 recomended 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 Forest.

Blog Post

Ziplines in Shawnee Forest

Ziplines in Shawnee Forest

Have you ever wanted to fly? Now, you can. Fly through the Shawnee Forest Canopy at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour with Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tours, an exhilarating Zipline experience that gives you an aerial view of the beautifully diverse Shawnee Forest, the only...

Shawnee Forest eBiking

Shawnee Forest eBiking

When riding an eBike in Southern Illinois, you will find yourself deeply immersed in the region’s magnificent scenery. Shawnee Hills eBike Rentals, located in Jonesboro, Illinois, along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, makes the long-lost joy of cycling more accessible...

Mom’s Guide to the Shawnee National Forest

Mom’s Guide to the Shawnee National Forest

There is no better way to introduce your kids to the wonders of nature than to take them on a journey that immerses them into the woods, where the sounds, scents and overwhelmingly beautiful scenery can connect them to the earth in ways that are both invigorating and...

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