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7 Kid-Friendly Hikes in Southern Illinois

7 Kid-Friendly Hikes in Southern Illinois

7 Kid-Friendly Hikes in Southern IllinoisAre you looking for kid-friendly hikes in Southern Illinois? State parks are scattered throughout the Southern Illinois region. The Shawnee National Forest is vast, covering nearly 300,000 acres. Signage has never been the...

The 2024 Dirty South Roubaix Recap

The 2024 Dirty South Roubaix Recap

The 2024 Dirty South Roubaix RecapI did the Dirty South Roubaix this year for the first time. This is my race recap of what I experienced and what my overall thoughts of the race were. A Roubaix (pronounced Roo Bay) is a mix of mud, dirty, paved, and mixed road...

The Outdoor Economic Summit

The Outdoor Economic Summit

The Outdoor Economic SummitAbout a week ago or so, I sat in on the Outdoor Economic Summit at SIU’s Touch of Nature Educational Center in Makanda. It was put on by the folks at Southern Illinois Now, which is an organization with an aim to help people move to, stay...

Hiking with Shawn Trail Guides

Free and detailed trail guides for navigating the Shawnee National Forest, State Parks, and Beyond!

Hiking with Shawn Gear Reviews

Check out my hiking, biking, and outdoor recreation related gear reviews.

RightOnTrek Breakfast Meal Review

RightOnTrek Breakfast Meal Review

RightOnTrek Breakfast Meal ReviewI tried something new this morning. I ate a RightOnTrek breakfast meal. It was Cheesy Mushroom Egg Scramble. The name alone made it sound so delicious. I love cheese. I love eggs. I really love mushrooms. But I never thought about...

Hiking Gear List: What I Take on My Hikes

Hiking Gear List: What I Take on My Hikes

Hiking Gear List: What I Take on My HikesA lot of you have asked about my hiking gear list, and I wanted to write something that talks about it. Having hiking gear is essential to helping you make the best out of your outdoor experience. It allows you to push the...

Hiking with Shawn Blog Posts

My latest posts about the Shawnee National Forest, state parks, and beyond!

7 Kid-Friendly Hikes in Southern Illinois

7 Kid-Friendly Hikes in Southern Illinois

7 Kid-Friendly Hikes in Southern IllinoisAre you looking for kid-friendly hikes in Southern Illinois? State parks are scattered throughout the Southern Illinois region. The Shawnee National Forest is vast, covering nearly 300,000 acres. Signage has never been the...

The 2024 Dirty South Roubaix Recap

The 2024 Dirty South Roubaix Recap

The 2024 Dirty South Roubaix RecapI did the Dirty South Roubaix this year for the first time. This is my race recap of what I experienced and what my overall thoughts of the race were. A Roubaix (pronounced Roo Bay) is a mix of mud, dirty, paved, and mixed road...

The Outdoor Economic Summit

The Outdoor Economic Summit

The Outdoor Economic SummitAbout a week ago or so, I sat in on the Outdoor Economic Summit at SIU’s Touch of Nature Educational Center in Makanda. It was put on by the folks at Southern Illinois Now, which is an organization with an aim to help people move to, stay...

Ultralight Backpacking Guide

Ultralight Backpacking GuideUltralight backpacking is a type of multi-day hiking that emphasizes bringing less amounts of gear and focusing on lighter-weight items. The idea of going backpacking with ultralight in mind is for when you want to go faster, travel...

Hiking with Shawn Patreon Posts

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Apps Hiking with Shawn Uses

Apps Hiking with Shawn Uses

Apps Hiking with Shawn UsesHowdy Patreon Supporters! In this exclusive Patreon-member only article, I’ll be going over each of the apps Hiking with Shawn uses on my phone and what I use it for. This will be apps Hiking with Shawn uses on my iPhone of course but I’m...

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 something I use and have changed hiking for me altogether....

Write for the Hiking with Shawn Blog

I’m always looking for one-time guest bloggers as well as reoccurring guest bloggers. If you’re interested in writing outdoor-related articles for my blog, then I am interested in you. While I will allow you to have a link to a related websites (outdoor related), I don’t allow affiliate links or posts that are commercial in nature from guest bloggers. If you’re just looking for do-follow links, you should definitely look somewhere else. I’m looking for articles about Shawnee National Forest, southern Illinois state parks, local events related to the outdoors, state outdoor topics, and general hiking/biking/outdoor articles. If you’re interesting in writing for my blog on a one-time or regular basis, please Contact Me Today!

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