Shawnee National Forest


Located in southern Illinois, the Shawnee National Forest’s natural beauty is ideal for all types of outdoor recreation. Nestled between the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers the Forest’s landscape features rolling hills, forests, open lands, lakes, creeks and rugged bluffs. The area’s mild weather throughout the year makes a visit during any season enjoyable. On our recreation webpages you will find information on all of the developed recreation sites as well as the variety of activities the Forest has to offer.  Trip Planning ToolsFor information on Trails, activites and recreation sites see our Recreation Opportunity Guides.Prior to your visit plan ahead to prepare for a safe and enjoyable trip. Forest Emergency & Safety Brochure. There are a number of chamber of commerces and tourism bureaus that can assist you. For your convenience below is a list of these partners in tourism.   Southernmost Illinois Tourism BureauWilliamson County TourismCarbondale Convention and Tourism BureauSaline County TourismHardin County TourismOhio River Visitor Center





, IL


Climbing Camping Fishing Hiking Horseback Riding Picnicking Swimming


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