EXPLORE SHAWNEE FOREST COUNTRY

Take the Shawnee Challenge!

Shawnee Challenge is a self-supported, no time limit, complete at your own pace outdoor endurance challenge consisting of hiking and mountain biking or solely hiking or solely mountain biking. Participants sign up for the challenge

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SHAWNEE ROAD TRIP!

Harrisburg is the gateway to the Shawnee National Forest.   Experience this drive in every season. Spring blooms, summer adventures, fall colors, even in winter when the trees are bare, allowing you to see much further

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Fall in Love with the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail

Looking for a girls getaway?  Or maybe a  romantic escape? Come for the wine, and stay for the experience along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail! Murphysboro is Illinois’ BBQ capital,  and on the northern end of the Shawnee Hills

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GET OUR VISITORS GUIDE

Our Guide is full of reasons to visit Southernmost Illinois! Discover the scenic Shawnee National Forest, our state parks, historical attractions, unique shops, fabulous restaurants, and casino action!

There’s lodging for every taste: cozy bed and breakfasts, convenient and comfortable motels and hotels, plentiful campsites and deluxe cabins.

Download our guide and start planning your adventure!

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PLAN YOUR STAY

Plan your trip to one of the most established wine regions in the Midwest, featuring award-winning wineries along a 40-mile trail through the beautiful Shawnee National Forest. Visit www.shawneewinetrail.com to learn more.

Great family adventures happen in the Shawnee National Forest! With dozens of state parks and a lush national forest, Illinois is an outdoors dream. Explore hiking and biking trails, kayak along the rivers, or stay in a secluded forest cabin.

Visit the many historic sites in Southernmost Illinois, from interactive sites like Fort Massac, to hiking through ancient rock formations or kayaking along giant Cypress trees. Experience jaw-dropping natural beauty and our deep history.

Located near Carbondale, the Southern Illinois Golf Trail rests in the beautiful Shawnee National Forest area and features five courses that offer visitors the rare chance to play golf year-round. The trail offers golf options for both serious and casual golfers.

A quiet cabin in the woods; complete with a fireplace and quick access to the Shawnee Wine Trail. There are dozens of options located between the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers peppered throughout the Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois. 

Find the perfect piece from one of countless art galleries in Illinois, including paintings, prints, pottery, hand-made jewelry, blown glass and sculptures. Explore the rich culture of Southernmost Illinois perfectly captured in a work of art.

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