Maps & Publications

Forest Guide Map

Looking to get oriented to the forest? The forest guide map provides a general map of the Forest, roads and land ownership, as well as loations of our main recreation sites.

Visitor Brochures & Site Maps

Recreation Opportunity Guides - These downloadable free brochures provide site information, driving directions and a map.

Trail Maps

GOG Boardwalk

Two trail maps are available; each covering either the east or west side of the Shawnee National Forest.  Trail maps are available for purchase at our offices as well as through the mail by contacting the Friends of the Shawnee. The map costs $12 and is printed on weather-resistant paper.  The trail maps feature topographic contour lines, trail numbers, trailhead locations, points of interest and special area regulations. A portion of these map sales supports efforts to improve Shawnee National Forest trails.

River to River Trail Maps

The 160-mile River to River Trail spans southern Illinois from the Ohio River to the Mississippi River. It features unique landscapes and cultural remnants from the past, such as old homesteads, cemeteries and Native American sites. It takes about two weeks to hike the trail, making it popular among long distance hikers. Visitors can cover portions of the trail or the entire length. Learn more about the River to River Trail.  Visit the River to River Trail Society and download free River to River Trail Maps.

Paper Maps

Paper maps of Shawnee National Forest are available for purchase at our offices, or by mail using our Map Order Form.

  • Forest Visitor Map ($14) - Covering the entire Forest the detail on this map is similar to that found on state highway maps.  Forest Visitor Map depicts forest ownership, state and federal lands, recreation sites and road names. It also provides information about opportunities for recreation and rules/regulations.  It does not show trails or campground details.
  • Topographic Maps ($8 each) contain topographic lines, roads, forest ownership and township-range-section lines, etc. Property owners or hunters find these maps useful. Each map covers roughly 7 square miles.

Interactive Visitor Map (IVM)

Plan your next trip using the Forest Service’s Interactive Visitor Map, a digital map that can customized to the road and recreation features that interest you.

Motor Vehicle Use Map

This map shows Forest Service roads (e.g., roads administered by Shawnee National Forest) and road closure dates; it does not contain Forest Service land ownership. This map is free at any of our offices, or you can download it here.

Cadastral Maps

Download or view Shawnee National Forest Cadastral Survey maps.