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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Tunnel Hill State Trail Guide

Tunnel Hill State Trail GuideTunnel Hill State Trail is a 50+ mile rail trail in Southern Illinois. The trail was once a bustling railroad line during the 1800s into the 1900s, back when there was a coal mining boom in the region. The railway transported coal and...

LaRue Pine Hills Snake Road Guide

LaRue Pine Hills Snake Road GuideLaRue Pine Hills Snake Road is the only road in the world that closes annually so snakes can migrate across, and that road is located in the Shawnee National Forest. The road closes two times a year. During the closer-horseback,...

What to do at Garden of the Gods Illinois?

What to do at Garden of the Gods Illinois?Garden of the Gods Illinois consists of a recreation area, natural areas, and a designated wilderness area. Garden of the Gods is located in southern Illinois and part of the Hidden Springs Ranger District of the Shawnee...

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How to do the Shawnee Challenge!

How to do the Shawnee Challenge!

How to do the Shawnee Challenge!Have you heard of the Shawnee Challenge? If not, I created a website for it. So, to sum it up, this is a 10.5-mile adventure challenge where you can hike, mountain bike, or do both activities to complete the challenge route and get a...

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