Shawnee National Forest Trail Guide

Welcome to my Shawnee National Forest Trail Guide page! Here you can find trail guides for the Shawnee National Forest, Fish & Wildlife Refuges, Illinois State Parks and Preserves, and even for trails and areas that are outside of Illinois. I try to add new guides to this site every week or at least a few times a month. I also make sure I update old guides to reflect new information that comes up. There are over 40-guides on this website making my Shawnee National Forest Trail Guide the largest online. And these guides are 100% free to you!

Shawnee – Hidden Springs Ranger District

Trail guides for the East Side of the Shawnee National Forest otherwise known as Hidden Springs Ranger District.

Shawnee National Forest Bear Branch Trail Guide

Shawnee National Forest Bear Branch Trail Guide

Shawnee National Forest Bear Branch Trail GuideShawnee National Forest Bear Branch Trail is a loop trail located in Pope County, Illinois. This trail consists of a 4.5-mile complete loop trail system shared by hikers and horseback riders. This trail has minimal...

Millstone Lake Guide – Shawnee National Forest

Millstone Lake Guide – Shawnee National Forest

Millstone Lake Guide Shawnee National Forest From the Hiking with Shawn Trail Guide SeriesMillstone Lake is a lake located in rural Pope County near the Village of Simpson, Illinois. The lake is about .2-square miles. Millstone Lake is open all year long, but visitors...

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Trail 001T Cove Hollow

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Trail 001T Cove Hollow

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Trail 001T Cove HollowTrail 001T Cove Hollow is a spectacular trail. Most people refer to Cove Hollow as being a trail connected onto Cedar Lake on the west side of the Shawnee National Forest. However, there is another Cove...

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Indian Kitchen

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Indian Kitchen

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Indian KitchenIndian Kitchen is a popular gem in the middle of the Lusk Creek Wilderness that is favored by both hikers and equestrians, alike. Indian Kitchen has so many things to see and do and is even packed with a lot of...

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Max Creek Loop

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 various waterfalls and is a fun hike during different seasons of...

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Big H

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 (650-foot elevation gain) from the main Observation Trail Day-Use...

Shawnee – Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District

Trail guides for the West Side of the Shawnee National Forest otherwise known as Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District.

Pomona Natural Bridge Guide – Shawnee National Forest

Pomona Natural Bridge Guide – Shawnee National Forest

Pomona Natural Bridge Guide Shawnee National ForestPomona Natural Bridge is a popular natural bluff feature located near Pomona, Illinois, in the Shawnee National Forest, Mississippi Bluff Ranger District. Pomona Natural Bridge is a moderately difficult loop trail...

Cove Hollow Trail – Cedar Lake – Shawnee National Forest

Cove Hollow Trail – Cedar Lake – Shawnee National Forest

Cove Hollow Trail Cedar Lake Shawnee National Forest Trail GuideCove Hollow Loop is a trail system located in the Shawnee National Forest near Pomona within the Cedar Lake area. This lollipop loop uses a combination of Cove Hollow and Wolfden Hollow trails. The total...

Shawnee National Forest Iron Mountain Hiking Guide

Shawnee National Forest Iron Mountain Hiking Guide

Shawnee National Forest Iron Mountain Hiking GuideHave you ever been to Shawnee National Forest Iron Mountain? No, I don’t mean Iron Furnace, either. Shawnee National Forest Iron Mountain is located between Anna-Jonesboro and Alto Pass here in southern Illinois. This...

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

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 fall. LaRue Pine Hills is home to the world-famous Forest...

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

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 National Forest and is maintained by the Mississippi Springs...

Shawnee – Designated Wilderness Areas

Trail guides for Designated Wilderness Areas in the Shawnee National Forest. General Wilderness Guide

Panther Den Wilderness Guide

Panther Den Wilderness Guide

Hiking with Shawn’s Guide to the Wilderness Areas of the Shawnee National Forest: Panther Den WildernessPanther Den Wilderness is a 1,195-acre designated wilderness area within the Shawnee National Forest. Panther Den Wilderness is the smallest wilderness area within...

Lusk Creek Wilderness Guide

Lusk Creek Wilderness Guide

Hiking with Shawn’s Guide to the Wilderness Areas of the Shawnee National Forest: Lusk Creek WildernessLusk Creek Wilderness is a 6,293-acre designated wilderness area within the Shawnee National Forest. Lusk Creek Wilderness is the largest wilderness area for the...

Garden of the Gods Wilderness Guide

Garden of the Gods Wilderness Guide

Hiking with Shawn’s Guide to the Wilderness Areas of the Shawnee National Forest: Garden of the Gods WildernessGarden of the Gods Wilderness is a 3,318-acre designated wilderness area within the Shawnee National Forest. Garden of the Gods Wilderness is located in...

Clear Springs Wilderness Guide

Clear Springs Wilderness Guide

Hiking with Shawn’s Guide to the Wilderness Areas of the Shawnee National Forest: Clear Springs WildernessClear Springs Wilderness is a 4,730-acre designated wilderness area within the Shawnee National Forest located in rural southwestern Jackson and northwestern...

Burden Falls Wilderness Guide

Burden Falls Wilderness Guide

Hiking with Shawn’s Guide to the Wilderness Areas of the Shawnee National Forest: Burden Falls WildernessBurden Falls Wilderness is a Designated Wilderness Area within the Shawnee National Forest. This wilderness area consists of 3,775-acres and is located in...

Crab Orchard & Cypress Creek Refuges

Trail guides for Crab Orchard and Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuges

Illinois State Parks & Preserves

Trail guides for Illinois State Parks and Nature Preserves

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

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 popular place used by river pirates and outlaws as early as...

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Wildcat Bluff

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Wildcat Bluff

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Wildcat BluffWildcat Bluff is a nestled little gem of the Cache River State Natural Area managed by Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Located in rural Johnson County, Illinois-this amazing place offers hikers views of...

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Heron Pond

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Heron Pond

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Heron PondHeron Pond Preserve is a special gem of the southern Illinois region. Located in rural Johnson County, Heron Pond provides a look into what the area once looked like before pioneer settlers came in and drained the...

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Ferne Clyffe State Park

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Ferne Clyffe State Park

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Ferne Clyffe State Park​Ferne Clyffe State Park is a very beautiful and scenic Illinois state park located in the center of the southern Illinois region. Ferne Clyffe State Park offers a little something just about every type of...

Giant City State Park Trail Guide

Giant City State Park Trail Guide

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Giant City State ParkThis guide concentrates on the entire hiking trail inventory of Giant City State Park. Giant City State Park is located south of Carbondale and resides in both Jackson and Union counties in the town of...

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Piney Creek Ravine

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Piney Creek Ravine

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Piney Creek RavinePiney Creek Ravine, while well known, is a sort of hidden gem in southern Illinois. It is located on the west side of the state near Ava, Illinois and provides a wonderful hiking opportunity as well as an...

Kentucky Hiking Trail Guides

Trail guides for National Forest and State Parks in Kentucky

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