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.

Latest Trip Guides

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...

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Burden Falls Wilderness

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Burden Falls WildernessBurden Falls Wilderness is a vast 3,700+ acres of a designated Illinois Wilderness Area managed by the US Forest Service under the Shawnee...

Durable Hiking Footwear: How to choose the right hiking shoes for you!

Durable Hiking Footwear: How to choose the right hiking shoes for you!Durable hiking footwear is a topic that I am asked about a lot. It is important to keep your feet comfortable, dry and protected from the...

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Rocky Bluff Trail & Wild Turkey Trail

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Rocky Bluff Trail & Wild Turkey TrailThe Rocky Bluff Trail and Wild Turkey Trail is a part of the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge system. They are actually...

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Ferne Clyffe State Park

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Ferne Clyffe State Park​Ferne Clyffe State Park is a very beautiful and scenic Illinois state park located in the center of the southern Illinois region. Ferne Clyffe...

Hiking with Shawn’s Ultimate Safety Guide for Safely Enjoying the Shawnee National Forest

Hiking with Shawn’s Ultimate Safety Guide For Safely Enjoying the Shawnee National ForestWelcome to the Ultimate Safety Guide for Safely Enjoying the Shawnee National Forest, created by Hiking with Shawn....

Giant City State Park Trail Guide

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Giant City State ParkThis guide concentrates on the entire hiking trail inventory of Giant City State Park. Giant City State Park is located south of Carbondale and...

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Garden of the Gods Wilderness (Hitching Post)

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Garden of the Gods Wilderness (Hitching Post)When most people think about Garden of the Gods, they think about the Observation Trail or Indian Point. No one ever really...

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Interstate Trail

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Interstate Trail The Interstate Trail is a 1.6 mile trail that is very easy to hike. This is a horseback trail but is also open to hikers as well. There are some...

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Schwegman Ecological Area & Groundhog Den

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Schwegman Ecological Area & Groundhog Den Schwegman Ecological Area and Groundhog Den are unique gems in the Shawnee National Forest. I’ve talked to the fella who...

Latest Blog Posts

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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