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Shawnee National Forest

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50 Hwy 145 South Harrisbur, IL 62946
+1 618-253-7114
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Solar Eclipse Trip

I drove all night from northern IL for Solar Eclipse 2017. Shawnee National Forest has numerous... read more

Reviewed October 5, 2017
Lawrence W
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Wonderful hiking abounds

There are so many choices for hiking trails in Shawnee national forest. There is Giant city with... read more

Reviewed September 24, 2017
Chicago, Illinois
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“rock formations” (17 reviews)
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50 Hwy 145 South Harrisbur, IL 62946

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Reviewed October 5, 2017 via mobile

I drove all night from northern IL for Solar Eclipse 2017. Shawnee National Forest has numerous places to visit. Garden of the gods was semi-scenic. Check out the first eight photos below. I camped at the Pounds Hollow Recreation area for $10 a night. Some...More

Thank Lawrence W
Reviewed September 24, 2017 via mobile

There are so many choices for hiking trails in Shawnee national forest. There is Giant city with pretty easy trails. Garden of the gods has amazing rock formations. Little grand Canyon is very challenging. Natural bridge s a short hike and the drive is on...More

Thank fancypants2014
Reviewed September 13, 2017 via mobile

We had a great time camping at Turkey Bayou Campground. The campground was completely full with campers celebrating the 2017 solar eclipse, a rare event that drew thousands from around the world to southern Illinois. We found the campground clean and the staff were very...More

Thank Rhonda R
Reviewed August 16, 2017

Well, it's difficult to tell you all the different activities available in the Shawnee National Forest, but here are some of the highlights. There are hundreds of miles of hiking trails, hundreds of camping sites, acres upon acres of fishing. But it doesn't end there,...More

Thank Scott J
Reviewed August 16, 2017

We live near the Shawnee Forest and often go riding in the cool of the evening to enjoy the scenery. Our last visit to hike was to Rim Rock Trail on a cool Friday morning in August.....which is unheard of for August. The hike is...More

Thank Judydewayne
Reviewed August 9, 2017

We hiked Rim Rock and Garden of the Gods on the same day. Rim Rock: As the name suggests, the path goes around the rock. After you park, there are about 3 paths that lead away from the parking lot. 2 of the paths originate...More

10  Thank keffan
Reviewed July 28, 2017 via mobile

Beautiful rocks and great views. The tent campgrounds were very simple, but functional. Overall a nice little place, but watch out for ticks in the woods.

Thank Andi T
Reviewed July 26, 2017

The campsites at Oak Point Campground in Shawnee National Forest are wonderful. They are large, meticulously maintained and private, with trees and vegetation between them. It is rare to find electricity and water at campsites in national parks; this park has numerous sites with both...More

2  Thank Linda R
Reviewed July 12, 2017 via mobile

If you don't know about this little piece of heaven in Illinois, you are missing out. Spectacular scenery and beautiful hiking trails make this a great destination.

Thank mom2malts
Reviewed July 10, 2017

Loved hiking the trails and taking puctures. The teens loved pushing the edge and their parents getting close to the edge!

Thank Sheila M
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Response from Christina_DiMauro | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is. I think it is called the Giant City Visitors Center. It is close to many of the paths & a great place to stop and grab brochures for the many paths. If you need it, the address is 1-245 Giant City Road in... More