camping in one of the various wooded campgrounds inside the Shawnee National Forest, there are 8 campsites to choose from (varying from primitive sites to RV ready.) or you choose to stay in the various rustic to luxurious cabins in and around the Shawnee National Forest or you choose to stay in one of the many horse camps, there is lodging to meet every Vacationers need .
There are almost 1300 miles of unforgettable, beautiful trails for hiking, wildlife viewing, and wonderful photo opportunities of the smallest, quaintest water-fed streams to the largest scenic in and around The Shawnee National Forest.
These Shawnee National forest trails have varying difficulties from handicapped accessible (some are flat enough to be stroller ready) to the most difficult trails (almost straight up ) with mileage from one quarter mile up to 165 miles long give or take. (River to River Trail) Most trail have many side trails to explore .
There are many Recreational Areas in and around the Shawnee National Forest.
The Shawnee National Forest,is located in the Ozark and Shawnee Hills of Southern Illinois, consists of approximately 280,000 acres offederally managed lands. In descending order of land area it is located in parts of Pope, Jackson, Union,Hardin, Alexander, Saline, Gallatin, Johnson, and Massac counties
and a great place to enjoy Camping in one of the many great Campgrounds or Hiking and Horse riding the Trails if you enjoy woodlands and wildlife. Some of the best Lake Recreation Areas for Fishing and Swimming that nature can provide if water sports are what you enjoy.In Short the Shawnee National Forest is a great place to Visit.
Pictures of the National Forest