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

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...

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Blackjack Oak Trail

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Blackjack Oak Trail

Hiking with Shawn’s Trail Guide Series: Blackjack Oak TrailOne of our favorite fall colors trails is called Blackjack Oak Trail and it’s inside Ferne Clyffe State Park. While the state park has a lot of popular trails, Blackjack Oak Trail is often passed by and never...

Kentucky Hiking Trail Guides

Trail guides for National Forest and State Parks in Kentucky

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