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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Enjoy my latest Trail Guides which are free and updated to help keep you on the trail!

Giant City Nature Trail Guide

Giant City Nature Trail GuideGiant City Nature Trail is one of the most popular trails in Giant City State Park. The Nature Trail is an easy loop hike appropriate for hikers of all ages and difficulties. There is a lot to see along the Giant City Nature Trail that...

Giant City Trillium Trail Guide

Giant City Trillium Trail GuideGiant City Trillium Trail is a popular trail located near Makanda in Southern Illinois. Trillium Trail is a part of Giant City State Park. The trail is also known as Fern Rocks Nature Preserve. As a designated nature preserve, it is...

Giant City versus Ferne Clyffe: Which State Park is Better?

Giant City versus Ferne Clyffe: Which State Park is Better?Giant City versus Ferne Clyffe – which State Park do you think is better than the other? First, I didn’t make this article to point out what’s wrong with either park. That’s not what I do, and that’s not what...

Hiking with Shawn Blog

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Water versus Powerade for Outdoor Recreation

Water versus Powerade for Outdoor Recreation

Water versus Powerade for Outdoor RecreationThe water versus Powerade debate, Hiking with Shawn style. I want to discuss my thoughts on using water or Powerade for hydration while hiking and biking. I’ve experimented with water and Powerade for all the activities...

Tick Defense for Hikers

Tick Defense for Hikers

Tick Defense for HikersWhat do you do for tick defense? As we approach warmer weather, that means we’ll get back into tick season. Ticks will be out, and we'll see them crawling on us more often as the trail gets overgrown. In this article, I’ll tell you about tick...

Snake Road Survey

Snake Road Survey

Snake Road SurveyPlease take this Snake Road Survey. This survey is mainly meant for southern Illinois locals. This is for everyone in southern Illinois to determine their perception of Snake Road. Take the Snake Road Survey, whether you’re for or against it. Take the...

How To Plan An E-bike Camping Trip

How To Plan An E-bike Camping Trip

How To Plan An E-bike Camping TripCamping is considered one of the perfect ways to spend time with nature either alone or with friends and family. The closer you get to nature, the more lively you feel. However, to reach the camping spots, people usually prefer cars...

What Do You Want To See Next?

What Do You Want To See Next?

What Do You Want To See Next?What do you think about this blog? What articles does it lack? What do you want me to write about? Do you want me to keep writing every day? Please leave me a comment and let me know how I can improve this blog. I’m all ears (or eyes since...

Hammock versus Tent: Which one is Better?

Hammock versus Tent: Which one is Better?

Hammock versus Tent: Which one is Better?Let’s discuss the hammock versus tent debate and see which is better. This article shows the pros and cons of sleeping in a hammock. You’ll also see the pros and cons of sleeping in a tent. After reading the hammock versus tent...

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