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.

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...

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Cedar Creek Wonders

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Cedar Creek Wonders

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Cedar Creek WondersCedar Creek Wonders is a uniquely presented feature of the Shawnee National Forest located in the more middle section of the Shawnee Purchase Unit. Cedar Creek Wonders is an excellent waterfall chasing spot...

Old Stoneface Trail Guide in the Shawnee National Forest

Old Stoneface Trail Guide in the Shawnee National Forest

Old Stoneface Trail Guide Shawnee National ForestOld Stoneface is a 1.6-mile out and back moderately rugged trail in Saline County, Illinois. Old Stoneface trail features various bluff, rock formations and scenic overlooks. The trail is most known for its main rock...

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: High Knob Area

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: High Knob Area

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: High Knob AreaHigh Knob is a pretty special gem of the Shawnee National Forest to many different user groups. High Knob is very popular to the horseback and mule riding communities. High Knob is also a favorite of hiking and...

Shawnee – Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District

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

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Shawnee – Designated Wilderness Areas

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

Bay Creek Wilderness Guide

Bay Creek Wilderness Guide

Hiking with Shawn’s Guide to the Wilderness Areas of the Shawnee National Forest: Bay Creek WildernessBay Creek Wilderness is a Designated Wilderness Area within the Shawnee National Forest. Consisting of 2,866-acres, Bay Creek Wilderness is located in rural Pope...

Bald Knob Wilderness Guide

Bald Knob Wilderness Guide

Hiking with Shawn’s Guide to the Wilderness Areas of the Shawnee National Forest: Bald Knob WildernessBald Knob Wilderness is a 5,973-acre designated wilderness area within the Shawnee National Forest. This wilderness area is located in the Mississippi Bluffs Ranger...

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Burden Falls Wilderness

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Burden Falls Wilderness

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Burden Falls WildernessBurden Falls Wilderness is a vast 3,700+ acres of a designated Illinois Wilderness Area managed by the US Forest Service under the Shawnee National Forest. Burden Falls Wilderness is very popular both...

Crab Orchard & Cypress Creek Refuges

Trail guides for Crab Orchard and Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuges

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Illinois State Parks & Preserves

Trail guides for Illinois State Parks and Nature Preserves

Tunnel Hill State Trail Guide

Tunnel Hill State Trail Guide

Tunnel Hill State Trail GuideTunnel Hill State Trail is a 50+ mile rail trail in Southern Illinois. The trail was once a bustling railroad line during the 1800s into the 1900s, back when there was a coal mining boom in the region. The railway transported coal and...

Glen O Jones Lake Visitor Guide by Hiking with Shawn

Glen O Jones Lake Visitor Guide by Hiking with Shawn

Glen O Jones Lake Visitor Guide by Hiking with ShawnGlen O Jones Lake is an Illinois state-managed fish and wildlife area. Other than fishing and hunting opportunities, there are numerous other recreational activities, too. You can kayak the lake. There is a bicycling...

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...

Kentucky Hiking Trail Guides

Trail guides for National Forest and State Parks in Kentucky

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