WELCOME to the Shawnee National Forest

Garden of the Gods Recreation Area with Its all yours in text over the top with the Go.Play logo

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!


Relive the Eclipse

The Power of the Cloud

Eclipse GraphicSee highlights from the 2017 eclipse on the Shawnee National Forest

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

Biological Hot Spots

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

Macro image of pink flowersOften called biological hot spots, natural areas support so many species that scientists call them genetic banks.


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