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Shawnee National Forest, Illinois

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  • We have visited for Fall Colors and Garden of the gods has amazing rock formations. There are many choices for hiking trails in Shawnee national forest. Camel Rock at Garden of the Gods is a stunning ...  more »
  • I drove all night from northern IL for Solar Eclipse 2017. Shawnee National Forest has numerous places to visit. Garden of the gods was semi-scenic. Check out the first eight photos below. I camped at...  more »
  • There are so many choices for hiking trails in Shawnee national forest. There is Giant city with pretty easy trails. Garden of the gods has amazing rock formations. Little grand Canyon is very challen...  more »
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  • I absolutely loved this Forrest! I spent a week there in August 2017 for vacation and it was the most relaxing week of my life. I will definitely be going there again and probably every time I go camping. Beautiful... just beautiful! Don't forget to check out "the garden of the gods" while you're there. So much history and beauty in one place.
  • Just beautiful. We drove from NE Ohio and camped for the August 2017 solar eclipse, and it was absolutely amazing. Just incredible natural landmarks and parks. Highly recommend exploring around, and bring a camera!
  • I spend nearly every weekend here hiking...I consider it Southern Illinois crown jewel. Excellent trails and beautiful scenery all over Southern Illinois for hiking, horseback, camping, boating, backpacking, rock climbing and tons of other outdoor recreation. A perfect place to take a family or to go solo to find your peace.
  • Is a wonderful beautiful place in spring and the fall. There are many trails to hike, and some for horse back riding. Gaint city also has a wonderful lodge that serve good food. They have cabins to rent year round. And there are also camp cites to rent
  • While I do live here I still say it has as great of sights as any other National Forest. I have been to most of our Parks including Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Sequoia, and while Shawnee is less known it still has some unique sites like nowhere else. Unfortunately the camping and lodging is very limited but it is still worth the drive.

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