Take a Virtual Hike Through Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois [Photo Gallery]
The cold weather has me dreaming of spring and for me, spring means getting out into nature. We are fortunate that there are a number of wonderful places nearby to allow us to do just that and one of those is located in Southern Illinois.
Only a Short Drive from Evansville
Just a short drive from Evansville, Indiana you will find the Shawnee National Forest. It is a lush and beautiful landscape made up of several different types of eco-systems supporting all kinds of wildlife and flora.
Nearly 300,000 Acres of Natural Land
Shawnee National Forest covers nearly 300,000 acres of land in the southern part of Illinois and includes forests, wetlands, waterfalls, canyons, massive rock formations, and more.
No Matter How You Enjoy The Outdoors, There's Something for Everyone
Whether you are into hiking, repelling and rock climbing, camping, or just enjoying a family day with the kids, the Shawnee National Forest offers something for everyone. The rich, lush land is home to countless species of birds, mammals, and fish, including a number of endangered species as well.
There Are Some Dangers
Because Shawnee National Forest is a wild and unincorporated area, there is the risk of encountering dangerous wildlife, including venomous snakes. A number of places that you may choose to explore within the forest may not have adequate cellular service and emergency response times can be delayed because of the remote nature of the land.
Be Smart and Go Prepared
It is always a good idea to make sure that you have appropriate trail maps and gear, and that you pack adequate food and water if you plan to hike any of the numerous trail systems throughout Shawnee National Forest.
It is also a good idea to check the USDA Forest Service website for any alerts or notices that you may need to be aware of before you visit.
Shawnee National Forest is Truly Breathtaking
If you would like to get a sneak peek at some of the beauty you could encounter when you visit Shawnee National Forest, or if you prefer to view nature from the safety of your screen, keep scrolling to see 57 Beautiful Pictures of Shawnee National Forest.