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Hiking with Shawn exists 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. This brand hopes to achieve this mission with hiking videos, useful articles, trip guides and gear reviews.

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53 Shawnee National Forest Camping Areas for All Types of Camping

53 Shawnee National Forest Camping Areas for All Types of CampingShawnee National Forest camping areas aren’t hard to find. Getting them, all listed in one place on the other hand isn’t always that easy. So,...

Hiking Hacks for Patreon Supporters

Hiking Hacks for Patreon SupportersWelcome to another Patreon Exclusive article! In this article, I’ll be focusing on hiking hacks or just tips and tricks to make hiking much easier. Many of these hacks are...

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Indian Kitchen

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Indian KitchenIndian Kitchen is a popular gem in the middle of the Lusk Creek Wilderness that is favored by both hikers and equestrians, alike. Indian Kitchen has so...

Lightening your Load while Hiking and Backpacking

Lightening Your Load while Hiking and BackpackingLightening your load will reduce the weight you must carry while hiking or overnight backpacking through the forest. Most of us hikers deal with the issue of...

Hiking with Shawn’s Beginner Hiker Series: Choosing the Right Hiking Gear

Hiking with Shawn’s Beginner Hiker Series: Choosing the Right Hiking GearChoosing the right hiking gear is important when you are a beginner to hiking. To kick off a brand-new series of mine completely...

PATREON EXCLUSIVE: Hiking with Kids in the Shawnee National Forest

PATREON EXCLUSIVE: Hiking with Kids in the Shawnee National ForestMany of you might have kids and your kids might be smaller kids that still live at home. Getting your kids involved in your hikes promotes...

5 Must Visit Scenic Creeks around the Shawnee National Forest

5 Must Visit Scenic Creeks around the Shawnee National Forest ​Scenic creeks make for great photography moments. Whether you’re a professional using a high-end DSLR camera or an amateur using your smart phone...

PATREON EXCLUSIVE: Top 5 Waterfalls Away From the Masses in Southern Illinois

PATREON EXCLUSIVE: Top 5 Waterfalls Away From the Masses in Southern IllinoisWaterfalls in southern Illinois are probably one of our better features of the Shawnee National Forest. But a lot of them can get...

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Max Creek Loop

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Max Creek LoopMax Creek is an interesting hike for different reasons. Max Creek, the actual creek itself is very scenic and provides a nice view. The trail offers...

Southern Illinois Cycling for Beginners

Southern Illinois Cycling for BeginnersLive in Southern Illinois and want to start cycling? Then this guide is for you! Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, bicycling has really sparked an interest...

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Hiking Hacks for Patreon Supporters

Hiking Hacks for Patreon Supporters

Hiking Hacks for Patreon SupportersWelcome to another Patreon Exclusive article! In this article, I’ll be focusing on hiking hacks or just tips and tricks to make hiking much easier. Many of these hacks are...

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