Hiking with Shawn – Shawnee National Forest

Learn about everything Shawnee National Forest and Southern Illinois State Parks on this official Hiking with Shawn website. Find trail guides, blogs, top 10s, gear reviews, and updated conditions for the Shawnee here on Hiking with Shawn. The Shawnee National Forest is a nearly 280,000-acre National Forest located in Southern Illinois.

Hiking with Shawn is an outdoor recreation brand that promotes hiking, biking, and outdoor use centering around the Shawnee National Forest, Southern Illinois state parks, and beyond. This brand was founded by Southern Illinois native and avid outdoorsman Shawn Gossman. Shawn is also a licensed and permitted hiking guide offering guide services in the Shawnee National Forest.

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Pomona Natural Bridge Guide – Shawnee National Forest

Pomona Natural Bridge Guide Shawnee National ForestPomona Natural Bridge is a popular natural bluff feature located near Pomona, Illinois, in the Shawnee National Forest, Mississippi Bluff Ranger District. Pomona Natural Bridge is a moderately difficult loop trail...

Cove Hollow Trail – Cedar Lake – Shawnee National Forest

Cove Hollow Trail Cedar Lake Shawnee National Forest Trail GuideCove Hollow Loop is a trail system located in the Shawnee National Forest near Pomona within the Cedar Lake area. This lollipop loop uses a combination of Cove Hollow and Wolfden Hollow trails. The total...

Shawnee National Forest Bear Branch Trail Guide

Shawnee National Forest Bear Branch Trail GuideShawnee National Forest Bear Branch Trail is a loop trail located in Pope County, Illinois. This trail consists of a 4.5-mile complete loop trail system shared by hikers and horseback riders. This trail has minimal...

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27 Hiking Tips for Beginner Hikers

27 Hiking Tips for Beginner Hikers

27 Hiking Tips for Beginner HikersHere are 27 essential hiking tips aimed at beginner hikers. If you’re new to hiking and want to make the best out of a hiking experience, this article is definitely for you. I’ve been hiking most of my life, but I got into serious...

Shawnee National Forest Backpacking Guide

Shawnee National Forest Backpacking Guide

Shawnee National Forest Backpacking GuideIf you’re reading this, chances are you’re looking for Shawnee National Forest backpacking information – and it looks like you found the right place for that information. With nearly 300,000-acres, there are a lot of areas in...

Oboz Waterproof Hiking Boots Review

Oboz Waterproof Hiking Boots Review

Oboz Waterproof Hiking Boots ReviewSince I’ve recently purchased my second pair of Oboz waterproof hiking boots, I figured that was a good time to create a review for it. I’ve used these new Oboz Mid Bridger waterproof hiking boots for a few months and those before...

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