WELCOME to the Shawnee National Forest

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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!

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Forest Health

Find your spot on the Forest

View an infographic connecting the Forests and carbonManaging carbon in a forest is not the same as managing the forest for carbon. Carbon management is one part of sustainable land management.

Find out where to recreate on the forest.Explore all that the forest has to offer in one spot, through our interactive visitor map.

Explore the forest with your phone

Visit the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail

Get instant, onsite information while touring the forest.You can now get instant, on-site information while touring Shawnee National Forest.

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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