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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#RecreateResponsibly

#RecreateResponsibly As Illinois moves towards a transition into Phase Three of the Restore Illinois plan, more outdoor recreational opportunities are set to open for public use as long as safety guidelines...

COVID-19 Resource Center

SHAWNEE NATIONAL FOREST AND SOUTHERN ILLINOIS STATE RECREATIONAL AREAS UPDATED COVID-19 RESOURCE CENTERThis page is not an official page of the US Forest Service or Illinois Department of Natural Resources....

Southern Illinois State Parks and COVID-19

Southern Illinois State Parks and COVID-19 As many of you may know, the Illinois 'Stay at Home' Executive Order was extended until May 30, 2020 with some additional modifications made to it. These...

Beginner Hiking Gear for Hiking the Shawnee National Forest

Beginner Hiking Gear for Hiking the Shawnee National Forest Beginner hiking gear is an important topic if you are just getting into hiking. The Shawnee National Forest isn’t a huge National Forest that...

Hiking Jackson Hole Ecological Area in the Shawnee National Forest

Hiking Jackson Hole Ecological Area in the Shawnee National Forest Join Hiking with Shawn as we hike Jackson Hole Ecological Area in the Shawnee National Forest of Southern Illinois. Jackson Hole Ecological...

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...

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