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!



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.

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.

Snake Road Closure

Find your spot on the Forest

Snake Road Closure InformationThis is an annual migration of snakes and amphibians.  Find out where to recreate on the forest.Explore all that the forest has to offer in one spot, through our interactive visitor map.


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