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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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...

PATREON EXCLUSIVE: 5 Less Populated Areas of the Shawnee for Viewing Fall Colors

PATREON EXCLUSIVE: 5 Less Populated Areas of the Shawnee for Viewing Fall Colors ​This article is a Patreon Exclusive meaning it was created exclusively for Patreon members of Hiking with Shawn and will not...

Hiking with Shawn’s Ultimate Trail Guide Series: LaRue Pine Hills

Hiking with Shawn’s Ultimate Trail Guide Series: LaRue Pine HillsLaRue Pine Hills is one of my favorite areas to visit throughout all the seasons of the year but especially during the spring and during the...

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Big H

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Big HBig H or H-Rock is a natural window/arch feature located in Garden of the Gods Wilderness Area in the Shawnee National Forest. There is a nice 6.3-mile loop...

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Cedar Creek Wonders

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Cedar Creek WondersCedar Creek Wonders is a uniquely presented feature of the Shawnee National Forest located in the more middle section of the Shawnee Purchase Unit....

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Cave-In-Rock State Park

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Cave-In-Rock State ParkCave-In-Rock State Park is a history-rich state park located on the southern Illinois side of the Ohio River. The area has a history for being a...

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Horse Creek Trail

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Horse Creek TrailHorse Creek Trail is a moderately rugged 5.7-mile loop trail located near McClure, Illinois in Alexander County. This trail is a part of the Shawnee...

Shawnee Wilderness Designation Act Could Harm Southern Illinois

Shawnee Wilderness Designation Act Could Harm Southern IllinoisThe Shawnee Wilderness Designation Act has recently been in the news. Local politicians are asking the United States Forest Service to review the...

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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