The Shawnee National Forest is located in the southern part of Illinois.
Where is this Forest?

Campsite at Lake Glendale Duck Bay CCC work Iron Furnace Interpretive Signs Little Grand Canyon North Fence Lizard Pounds Hollow Fishing Pier Grantsburg Swamp


example sign for area closure sign  Bell Smith Springs Trailhead & parking lot will be temporarily closed to allow for trail maintenance.  The Trailhead and parking lot will be gated closed from Monday, June 13, 2016 through Monday June 27th. This temporary closure includes the portion of Bell Smith Springs Road just past Redbud Campground, the trailhead parking area, the trail’s scenic overlook and immediate connector trails (see map). Visitors should stay out of the closed areas for their own safety. The remainder of the Bell Smith Springs trail system will be open and can be accessed from Hunting Branch Trailhead or Redbud Campground.  This notice will be updated once the area reopens.




Recent News


Forest Plan Amended Monitoring Section

Clip board with a tree

To comply with the U.S. Forest Service 2012 planning rule the Shawnee NF has amended Chapter 6 of the Forest Plan - Implementation, Monitoring and Evalution.

Wildflower Guided Walks

Dwarf Larkspur

Download the 2016 wildflower walk schedule to a variety of locations within the Shawnee National Forest and led by Botantist, Chris Benda.

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Cretaceous Hills Ecological Restoration

A draft envrionmental impact statemnt is being developed for this landscape restoration project.

Shawnee NF Mobile Tour

Sample of Mobile Tour Sign

Access interesting and fun facts about Shawnee National Forest sites using the New Mobile Tour.