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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Fort Massac State Park Guide

Fort Massac State Park GuideFort Massac State Park was the first state park in Illinois. This Illinois State Park offers many activities, including historical reference, cycling, hiking, disk golf, boating, and more. There is even a substantial world-famous encampment...

Dixon Springs State Park Visitor Guide

Dixon Springs State Park Visitor GuideDixon Springs State Park is an amazing Illinois State Park. If you’ve never been, you’re missing out. Save this guide for a future visit! If you’ve been and had issues finding things in the park – you’ll appreciate this free...

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...

Hiking with Shawn Blog

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Outdoor Freelance Work

Outdoor Freelance Work

Outdoor Freelance WorkDid you know I provide outdoor freelance work? I’ve been interested in and practicing various digital marketing, content creation, writing, and social media activities for the past twenty-five years. I’ve always been interested in maintaining the...

How to go Hiking in the Rain

How to go Hiking in the Rain

How to go Hiking in the RainDoe the very idea of hiking in the rain scare you or make you think it’s too dangerous to do? What if I told you that hiking in the rain could be as safe as hiking in any condition and make for a much better hiking experience? Hiking in the...

Why Early Morning Hiking is the Way To Go

Why Early Morning Hiking is the Way To Go

Why Early Morning Hiking is the Way To GoAre you into early morning hiking, or do you like to sleep in before getting up to go for a hike? Did you know that hiking in the morning might be what you need to make your day better? Not everyone can hike in the morning...

Future Hiking with Shawn Group Hikes

Future Hiking with Shawn Group Hikes

Future Hiking with Shawn Group HikesHiking with Shawn group hikes is something I’m planning to do more of soon. I know that many of you would like to hike with me, and I’d love to hike with you. I have some ideas for group hiking events. I’d also like to see your...

Another Successful Black Friday Hike!

Another Successful Black Friday Hike!

Another Successful Black Friday Hike!The Hiking with Shawn Black Friday Hike concluded with 15 happy hikers. We met at Golden Circle Trailhead at 9:30 AM on Black Friday morning. We hiked 3 miles. We saw Knights of the Golden Circle, Mushroom Rock, Buzzard’s Roost,...

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