Hiking with Shawn Mission

To promote the originality and uniqueness of the Southern Illinois region and its local businesses, organizations, and events through the endorsement of outdoor recreational activities within the Shawnee National Forest and regional state parks.

Who is Hiking with Shawn

Shawn Gossman

Shawn is the founder and host of Hiking with Shawn. Shawn is the personality of the video episodes, photographer, and handles just about everything to do with Hiking with Shawn. Shawn originally started Hiking with Shawn as a way to promote his hikes to his friends.

About Hiking with Shawn

However, he realized that it quickly grew into something bigger. Shawn has always been into the outdoors but recently became more into cycling and hiking into his late twenty and thirties. The brand saved Shawn’s life as he became more healthy because of it, he met the girl of his dreams, and has a chance to make the lives of others better while promoting tourism in an area that he will always call home.

Shawn is also a digital marketing strategist specializing in social media marketing, content marketing and search engine optimization. Shawn has been into digital marketing for over two decades. Check out his marketing blog for more information and free articles. Shawn is an MBA graduate for Colorado Technical University in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Shawn was born and his lived his entire life in southern Illinois. He now resides in rural Massac County. Aside from being an avid hiker, Shawn is also very much into cycling and during the warmer months, he can commonly be found riding his bike at Tunnel Hill State Trail.

Shawn is President of the Board of Directors for Friends of the Tunnel Hill State Trail. Shawn also serves as a board member and volunteer coordinator of Friends of the Shawnee National Forest. Shawn is also a board member of the River to River Trail Society, Friends of the Cache River Watershed, and the Southernmost Illinois Tourism Board. Shawn has been featured on the following news and broadcast agencies: WSIL TV 3, KFVS 12, KSDK 5, KTRS, WSIU, and The Southern. Shawn has collaborated with the US Forest Service, The Neighborhood Co-Op of Carbondale, City of Carbondale, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Camp Ondessonk, Illinois County Living, Southernmost Illinois Tourism, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Shawnee Mountain Bike Association, Carbondale Public Library, and Southern Illinois University of Carbondale.

Michelle Cochran

Michelle is the Community Manager of Hiking with Shawn. She handles community management stuff and assists with social media management as well. Michelle also assists with filming. Michelle is also the girlfriend of Shawn Gossman whom she met through hiking on Hiking with Shawn.

About Hiking with Shawn

Michelle has always been into the outdoors and recalls many times taking her kids on hikes through the forest when they said they were bored. Michelle enjoys local areas like Heron Pond and Wildcat Bluff, Dixon Springs State Park, Ferne Clyffe State Park and biking on Tunnel Hill State Trail.

Michelle works in the retail management industry. She has many years experience in nursery and greenhouse management and enjoys flowers and plants. Michelle is an avid hiker, cyclist and really enjoys camping. Michelle and Shawn happily live together in rural Massac County not too far from the Shawnee National Forest.


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