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


Shawnee National Forest

Welcome to the Shawnee National Forest (NF), part of the U.S.D.A. Forest Service system and the only national forest in Illinois.  Totaling about 286,400 acres the Shawnee NF is located in the southern tip of Illinois and offers a variety of outdoor opportunities and diverse landscapes.  In contrast with the remainder of Illinois, the Shawnee NF’s rolling landscape and rugged bluffs, is home to a diversity of plant and animal life.  Covered in deciduous forests and cradled between two major river ways (Ohio River and Mississippi River), there’s never a shortage of things to do in the Shawnee NF. Discover more about the Shawnee NF using the web links on this page.  The Shawnee NF does not take reservations for campsites. 




Friends of the Shawnee at Garden of the Gods

Meet the Friends of the Shawnee at Garden of the Gods (GOG) observation trail this weekend, Saturday Aug. 15th.  Take a leisurely walk around GOG, pick up some Forest information, and chat with members to learn about the organization and how they support the Shawnee.  Friends of the Shawnee visitor merchandise and maps will be available for purchase.  

Where's Woodsy ?

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Have fun while discovering the beautiful sites of the Shawnee National Forest as you play the Where's Woodsy? Game.

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Cretaceous Hills Ecological Restoration

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

Shawnee NF Launches New Mobile Tour

Sample of Mobile Tour Sign

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


Lee Mine Hardwood Restoration

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An Environmental Assessment is being developed on this proposed hardwood restoration project.

Outdoor Quest Programs

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Do you quest for new exciting information, then try our new self-guided Outdoor Quest Program!

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