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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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...

#RecreateResponsibly

#RecreateResponsibly As Illinois moves towards a transition into Phase Three of the Restore Illinois plan, more outdoor recreational opportunities are set to open for public use as long as safety guidelines...

COVID-19 Resource Center

SHAWNEE NATIONAL FOREST AND SOUTHERN ILLINOIS STATE RECREATIONAL AREAS UPDATED COVID-19 RESOURCE CENTERThis page is not an official page of the US Forest Service or Illinois Department of Natural Resources....

Southern Illinois State Parks and COVID-19

Southern Illinois State Parks and COVID-19 As many of you may know, the Illinois 'Stay at Home' Executive Order was extended until May 30, 2020 with some additional modifications made to it. These...

Beginner Hiking Gear for Hiking the Shawnee National Forest

Beginner Hiking Gear for Hiking the Shawnee National Forest Beginner hiking gear is an important topic if you are just getting into hiking. The Shawnee National Forest isn’t a huge National Forest that...

Hiking Jackson Hole Ecological Area in the Shawnee National Forest

Hiking Jackson Hole Ecological Area in the Shawnee National Forest Join Hiking with Shawn as we hike Jackson Hole Ecological Area in the Shawnee National Forest of Southern Illinois. Jackson Hole Ecological...

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