Shawnee National Forest & Southern Illinois Hiking

The mission of Hiking with Shawn is to increase awareness and interest in local area hiking and outdoor recreation in the Shawnee National Forest and southern Illinois public lands in hopes that it will stimulate local businesses and increase healthy living among residents and visitors alike. Hiking with Shawn hopes to achieve this mission with hiking videos, useful articles, trip guides and gear reviews.

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The COVID 19 Guide for Southern Illinois Hikers & Outdoor Enthusiasts

The COVID 19 Guide for Southern Illinois Hikers & Outdoor Enthusiasts I wanted to create this guide aimed at the hikers and outdoor enthusiasts of southern Illinois during the era of COVID-19 also known...

Hiking Southern Illinois during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Hiking Southern Illinois during the COVID-19 Pandemic The phrase ‘COVID-19’ and ‘Pandemic’ are now commonly used phrases that we are hearing every day in most discussions. This deadly disease is now changing...

5 Must See Natural Cave Shelters in the Shawnee National Forest

5 Must See Natural Cave Shelters in the Shawnee National ForestThere are many Natural Cave Shelters in the Shawnee National Forest that I have visited throughout the years. I always find natural cave shelters...

New Year’s Day Hike at Lusk Creek Wilderness with Old Goat in the Woods

New Year’s Day Hike at Lusk Creek Wilderness with Old Goat in the Woods My New Year’s Day Hike for this year was spent in the Lusk Creek Wilderness Area of the Shawnee National Forest with Michelle, friends...

Biking Tunnel Hill State Trail for Absolute Beginners

Biking Tunnel Hill State Trail for Absolute Beginners Biking Tunnel Hill State Trail shouldn’t have to feel like it is specifically reserved for experienced and proficient athletes. When I first started...

Lose Weight Hiking & Live Longer

Lose Weight Hiking & Live Longer Hiking with Shawn made me healthy and saved my life!This is a question that I have been asked from time to time. I always have a short answer – yes, and then I leave it at...

Surviving the Shawnee: An Ultimate Safety Guide for Hiking in the Shawnee National Forest

Surviving the Shawnee An Ultimate Safety Guide for Hiking in the Shawnee National Forest Welcome to Surviving the Shawnee, an Ultimate Safety Guide for Hiking in the Shawnee National Forest. The Shawnee...

Red Cedar Trail – Giant City State Park – Backpacking Guide

Red Cedar Trail Giant City State Park Backpacking Guide Red Cedar Trail at Giant City State Park is the premier backpacking trail of the entire inventory of trails within the state park. If you are looking...

5 Shawnee National Forest Scenic Overlooks that you Must Visit!

5 Shawnee National ForestScenic Overlooksthat you Must Visit! The Shawnee National Forest was some really awesome scenic overlooks that are worth checking out. Many of these awesome scenic...

Overnight Stays around the Shawnee National Forest

Overnight Staysaround theShawnee National Forest When visiting the Shawnee National Forest, if you’re not a local, you might be wondering about the different solutions for overnight stays. I...

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Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday dear Hiking with Shawn! Happy birthday to you!No, it isn’t my actual birthday. My birthday as my individual self is on August 16. But...

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