Illinois' Hidden Gem
Shawnee National Forest offers a diversity of outdoor options for all to enjoy! In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared the Illini and Shawnee purchases to be named the 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.
There's so much to do here at Shawnee National Forest including rock climbing, rappelling, backpacking, hiking, kayaking and much more. Any time is a good time at Shawnee National Forest if you go for the outdoors. Come join the fun!
These lands are yours - to visit, to care for, but most of all, to enjoy.