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Shawnee National Forest, Illinois

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Shawnee National Forest is located in Illinois. Take a look at our Elizabethtown vacation route planner to schedule your visit to Shawnee National Forest and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • There is so much to see in the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois that my wife and I decided it was best to see various parts of the giant landscape during each of our trips on I-24 going to...  more »
  • A hidden gem for sure! I was beyond thrilled to learn about this place and go see it. Beautiful views, very unique to say the least. Loved climbing on the rocks to take different pictures. I'm coming ...  more »
  • We visited Garden of the Gods, in the Shawnee National Forest this November. It was a beautiful park. We did see a lot of fall color, but probably should have gone a few weeks earlier. The trails were...  more »
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  • Be sure to see Garden of the Gods and Shades when you visit. Absolutely gorgeous hiking trails, spectacular vistas, and utterly romantic for a couples vacation. Be sure to reserve a camping space early; they fill up very quickly, especially if it's a holiday weekend. There is a cabin rental nearby, in Golconda, if camping is not your thing. It overlooks the Ohio river, with lots of mature trees nearby. A gorgeous spot, especially for an extended vacation close to home.
  • Garden of the Gods is a great place to get away and enjoy the outdoors. The views are great anytime of the day and offers hiking and climbing for all skill levels.
  • Everything is magnificent but CAMPERS GET THERE EARLY ESPECIALLY ON HOLIDAYS.... (there's only 13 sites to camp in 4 stars rating) it's picturesque sunsets & sunrises if ur a morn person lol....wear comfy soft soled boots/shoes, u can hike & climb off trails & see some extrodanary sites or stay on the nice paved walk ways, disabled friendly (for hill climbing u'd b surprised what's still 2b seen on or off trails ur views are spectacular picture takers dream..... Great motorcycle ride all the way out there is awesome for a day trip, a nice ride, locals are great !!! lots to see & enjoy the day out n about....
  • Most most awesome place in Illinois besides Starved Rock it's canyons are beautiful๐Ÿค•๐Ÿค•๐Ÿค•๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
  • Visited garden of the gods and let me tell you it was worth the 6 hour drive that it took me to see those breath taking views.