WELCOME to the Shawnee National Forest

We are closer than you think. Explore the top places on the forest to visit.

Plan your visit

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About the Shawnee

Go play! You can camp, paddle, hike, horseback ride, photograph, swim, run, hunt, fish and picnic at Shawnee National Forest. So, come explore our 280,000 acres of glades, barrens, prairies, streams, lakes, ponds, waterfalls, woodlands, rocky outcrops — and more!

Hutchins Creek Fieldtrip

Invasive species of Japanese hops

August 11 – Join Forest Service Botanist Shannan Sharp and other experts on a tour of Hutchins Creek. Learn how non-native invasive plants damage native habitats and some of the efforts being made to combat the Japanese hops infestation in this area.

Fieldtrip starts 10:00am at South Hutchins Creek Road. Please call to pre-register at (618)658-2111.

Driving Directions & Map


Top Places on the Forest

The Power of the Cloud

Check out the top 5 places to visit on the forestLooking to explore glades, barrens, prairies, streams, lakes, ponds, waterfalls, woodlands and rocky outcrops?

Cell phone utilizing new mapping technology.Imagine being out in a forest, and knowing with a simple glance at your phone what invasive species are nearby. That’s the goal behind a new cloud-based mapping effort.

Let the Sun Shine In

Visit the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail

A square photo of a butterfly and bee sharing a flowerOpen forests contain wildflowers and grasses for pollinators, such as butterflies and bees.

Learn more about the Trail of Tears.Looking for ways to explore history with kids this summer? Consider visiting the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail, just south of Jonesboro.


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