Outdoor Safety & Ethics

Tree landscape photo with the words Know Before You Go in the upper right corner.

The Shawnee National Forest provides a natural arena for a wide variety of fun and exciting outdoor activities. To help you get the most of our your experience, you need to be prepared for just about anything mother nature can throw at you. 

Click the button below that relates to your next activity to read helpful tips to help you prepare before hitting the forest.

Button for passes and permits Button with an illustration of a hiker with the words hiking underneath. Button with an illustration of a tent with the words camping underneath. Water Safety Button with an illustration of a kayak.
Button with an illustration of a tree with the word trees underneath. Illustration of a map with the words If you get lost below it. Button featuring an illustration of a compass above the words Responsible Recreation Button with an illustration of a first aid kit and the word safety underneath.
Illustration of a snake with the word snake under it. Illustration of a sun with the word heat below it. Illustration of a person hunting with a dog over the words hunting. Lightning bolt with the word lightning underneath.

Remember: You are responsible for your safety and for the safety of those around you.