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When visiting Southern Illinois, you should visit Shawnee National Forest, the only National Forest in Illinois. But like everything else about Illinois, Shawnee National Forest is quite impressive. It extends over much of lower "Little Egypt" into nine counties, from the Mississippi River eastward to the Ohio. This region is set in the Little Ozark Mountains--often called the Shawnee Hills--which certainly contrast with the wide prairie.
Most of the best recreational areas are within the 300,000-acre forest, which has its headquarters in Harrisburg, Illinois,. It also has numerous ranger stations, wildlife refuges, state parks, and recreation areas within its boundaries. (There are seven wilderness areas where motorized & mechanized equipment is prohibited).
These areas are:
Bald Knob, Clear Springs, Garden of the Gods, Bay Creek, Lusk Creek, Burden Falls, & Panther Den).

What is so great about the forest is that it provides open space with public access to enjoy fresh air, peaceful & restful settings, natural beauty, interesting historic sites, and incredibly beautiful scenic landscapes.
Public big-game hunting is available as well as long distance pedestrian/equestrian trails, bird watching, rock-climbing/rappelling, beach recreation, and two National Scenic Byways (Ohio River & Great River Road). The Shawnee National Forest provides the largest acreages of wilderness & roadless areas in Illinois.
All the seasons are beautiful here:
Spring brings abundant blooming dogwoods, redbuds, and wildflowers.
Fall brings a saturation of color.
Summerbrings full foliage, warm star-studded nights, and abundant wildlife.
Winterare mild and bring the beauty of snow sifted trees and foliage.

Don't miss the natural beauty of one of Illinois' most beautiful areas..the Shawnee National Forest

Phone: 518-253-7114 or (800)526-1500

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  • Updated Sep 29, 2004
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