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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Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Dutchman Lake Waterfall Chasing

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Dutchman Lake Waterfalls Dutchman Lake is probably one of the best places to go for a quick waterfall chase in the Shawnee National Forest. When most people visit...

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Blackjack Oak Trail

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Blackjack Oak Trail One of our favorite fall colors trails is called Blackjack Oak Trail and it’s inside Ferne Clyffe State Park. While the state park has a lot of...

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Secret Canyon Loop

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Secret Canyon LoopDuring the summer, Michelle and I hiked the Secret Canyon Loop in the Shawnee National Forest within Lusk Creek Wilderness. There were so many...

New Feature Announcement: Trail Guide Series!

Announcing!!! Hiking with Shawn's Trail Guide SeriesA NEW FEATURE is coming to the Hiking with Shawn website called Hiking with Shawn's Trail Guide Series! This new blog post series will feature information...

Finding Southern Illinois Fall Colors without the Crowds

Finding Southern Illinois Fall Colors without the CrowdsFinding southern Illinois fall colors is a popular activity at this very moment. Each transition of summer into fall into winter, southern Illinois fall...

A Case Against the Creation of Cairns (Rock Stacking)…

A Case Against the Creation of Cairns (Rock Stacking)… Cairn destroying. If you watch my videos, look at my photos and follow me on social media, you’ll know I’ve written and said the phrase ‘cairn...

5 Southern Illinois State Parks: To Do List

5 Southern Illinois State Parks: To Do List Southern Illinois State Parks are great for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy nature while also getting out with friends and family. While most southern...

10 Hiking Hacks to make your Hike Better!

10 Hiking Hacks to make your Hike Better!Hiking hacks can go a long way to make your hike better. Hiking hacks are little tricks to make hiking easier for you to focus on enjoyment of the hike. Most hiking...

10 Less Crowded Shawnee National Forest Areas for Different Activities!

10 Less Crowded Shawnee National Forest Areas for Different Activities!Less crowded Shawnee National Forest areas are a big deal right now. With the current pandemic crisis and the need to Recreate...

10 Hiking Gear Essentials for Shawnee National Forest Hiking Trips

10 Hiking Gear Essentials for Shawnee National Forest Hiking Trips Hiking gear essentials are important for ensuring that your hiking trips can be positive and comfortable. The Shawnee National Forest is just...

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