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Hiking & Extreme Heat Lessons Learned at Cache River State Natural Area Tupelo Swamp (Cache River State Natural Area). Photo taken in 2018 by Shawn J. Gossman. A few weekends ago, I did my annual bike to the Heron Pond Trail-Head and hike...read more
LaRue Pine Hills Snake Road Making the Shawnee More Unique than Other National Forests LaRue Pine Hills Snake Road is a Forest Service Road located in the Shawnee National Forest that is famous for sighting of snakes, reptiles and amphibians...read more
LaRue Pine Hills Snake Road Guide For those interested in visiting Snake Road in Southern Illinois LaRue Pine Hills Snake Road Guide LaRue Pine Hills Snake Road is a very unique forest road that is a part of the National Forest system of the...read more
Shawnee National Forest Trail 049 Trail 049 Directions When traveling from Marion, Illinois, you can follow these instructions on Google Maps to get to the East Trigg Trailhead parking lot. The parking lot is on the west side of the road and it...read more
Bulge Hole Waterfall Trail... There isn't enough space on this blog post to write everything I could about the Bulge Hole Waterfall Trail, even if I tried my best. The trail is absolutely amazing, unlike any other waterfall location I have been to in the...read more
Hiking Indian Kitchen... Nestled deep within the Shawnee National Forest's Lusk Creek Wilderness is a unique natural area known as Indian Kitchen. Indian Kitchen is a gem to local and tourists alike. Natural Areas are managed and maintained by the Illinois...read more
Jackson Hole - Hike Aborted! So I awoke today on December 31, 2017, New Years Eve with the intention of ending the year by hiking to a new spot that I had never been before. Before I went to bed the previous night, way too late mind you, I told myself it...read more
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