About Hiking with Shawn

Hiking with Shawn is more than just a YouTube channel. Hiking with Shawn is a Cinematic Adventure!

Hiking with Shawn is a YouTube channel dedicated to telling the story of hiking, backpacking, camping and outdoor recreation in the Shawnee National Forest, southern Illinois and beyond…

Meet Shawn Gossman

Shawn Gossman is the creator and host of Hiking with Shawn on YouTube.

Shawn is a native of southern Illinois, who has grown up in the Shawnee National Forest, State Parks and quite simply – the woods! Shawn created Hiking with Shawn to showcase the beauty of nature provided by the great State of Southern Illinois. Shawn’s mission is simple – enjoy these videos and may they motivate you to get out and play in nature!

Channel Trailer

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It is because of you…

Hiking with Shawn owes its success to each of you who are watching…




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Hiking & Backpacking

Whether it is the Shawnee National Forest or beyond, enjoy the outdoor experience

Gear Tips & Reviews

Get the goods on the latest Hiking, Backpacking, Camping and Outdoor Gear

Collaborations & Meetups

Explore the Outdoor Community through YouTube Collaborations and Meetups

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Meet the HWS Team

Learn about the Hiking with Shawn team and even become a team member!