In the southern tip of Illinois lies the rolling Shawnee Hills where 289,000 acres await you to relax, unwind and explore the Shawnee National Forest. Here you will find vast forests, wetlands and rugged bluffs home to a variety of plants and animals. The natural beauty of the area is ideal for all types of outdoor recreation.

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Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Johnson Creek Recreation Area   
LaRue-Pine Hills-Otter Pond Research Natural Area    Pine Hills Road Damage (Forest Road # 236): Due to a washout a portion of Pine Hills Road is closed and gated until road repairs are made. From north the road is open up to Godwin Trailhead; from the south, Pine Hills Road is open as far as Upper McGee Hill where there's a parking area to turn around. 
Visitors can still access Pine Hills campground from State Forest Road and Pine Hills Road.
Pounds Hollow Recreation Area    Pine Ridge Campground in Pounds Hollow has 13 electric sites and 42 non-electric sites.