Shawnee National Forest & Southern Illinois Hiking

The mission of Hiking with Shawn is to increase awareness and interest in local area hiking and outdoor recreation in the Shawnee National Forest and southern Illinois public lands in hopes that it will stimulate local businesses and increase healthy living among residents and visitors alike. Hiking with Shawn hopes to achieve this mission with hiking videos, useful articles, trip guides and gear reviews.

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Shawnee Wilderness Designation Act Could Harm Southern Illinois

Shawnee Wilderness Designation Act Could Harm Southern IllinoisThe Shawnee Wilderness Designation Act has recently been in the news. Local politicians are asking the United States Forest Service to review the...

National Forest… National Park… Illinois State Park… What’s the difference and does it even matter?

National Forest… National Park… Illinois State Park… What’s the difference and does it even matter?I’m sure you’ve heard all the terms: National Forum, National Park, State Park, Wilderness, Recreation Area,...

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Old Stoneface Trail

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Old Stoneface TrailOld Stoneface is a 1.6-mile out and back moderately rugged trail in Saline County, Illinois. Old Stoneface trail features various bluff, rock...

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: High Knob Area

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: High Knob AreaHigh Knob is a pretty special gem of the Shawnee National Forest to many different user groups. High Knob is very popular to the horseback and mule riding...

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Bulge Hole Ecological Area

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Bulge Hole Ecological AreaBulge Hole Ecological Area or Bulge Hole EA for short is a wonderful hidden gem of the Shawnee National Forest. The ecological aspects of...

Hiking with Shawn’s Safety Guide Series: Bears, Wolves, Cougars and Others

Hiking with Shawn’s Safety Guide Series: Bears, Wolves, Cougars and OthersShawnee National Forest is a second growth forest. This means that at one time, most of what we know as the forest was once home sites...

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Packentuck Waterfalls

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Packentuck WaterfallsPackentuck Waterfalls are a series of unofficial trails located in the Shawnee National Forest off Packentuck Road. This area borders private...

Ultimate Trail Guide: Bell Smith Springs Recreation Area

Hiking with Shawn’s Ultimate Trail Guide Series: Bell Smith Springs Recreation AreaBell Smith Springs Recreation Area is a popular recreation area of the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois. It...

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Wildcat Bluff

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Wildcat BluffWildcat Bluff is a nestled little gem of the Cache River State Natural Area managed by Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Located in rural Johnson...

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Heron Pond

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Heron PondHeron Pond Preserve is a special gem of the southern Illinois region. Located in rural Johnson County, Heron Pond provides a look into what the area once...

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LEAVE NO TRACE: Snake Road Style

LEAVE NO TRACE: Snake Road Style

LEAVE NO TRACE: Snake Road StyleIn this article, I take the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace and apply them specifically to LaRue Pine Hills Snake Road. As Snake Road continues to grow in popularity among both...

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Happy Birthday!

Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday dear Hiking with Shawn! Happy birthday to you!No, it isn’t my actual birthday. My birthday as my individual self is on August 16. But...

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