Shawnee National Forest
The Shawnee National Forest Covers all of Southernmost Illinois with many Hiking, Biking, Birding, Rock Climbing, and Swimming places along the way. The fire trails are open all year for hiking. There are hiking trails at the Forest, including one designed for cross country running. Other trails pass through hills and valleys where one can appreciate the lush vegetation and abundant wildlife.
History of The Shawnee National Forest
By: Mary R. McCorvie, Shawnee National Forest
The majority of southern Illinois' earliest settlers emigrated from the hilly backcountry of the southeastern United States. Natural routes of migration directed the flow of immigrants into Illinois and the Old Northwest Territory. By the middle of the nineteenth century, the northern one third of the Illinois was populated by immigrants from New England, directed westward by the waterways connecting the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. ... READ MORE
Shawnee National Forest - Trail of Tears
3240 State Forest Road
Jonesboro, IL 62951