Established as a national site in 1939, the Shawnee National Forest in Illinois encompasses the largest natural area in the state, a total area of 286,400 acres. Shawnee also contains two national scenic byways: the Ohio River and the Great River Road.
Shawnee is known for its large and diverse blocks of mature hardwoods and forest interior habitats. This forest also features plentiful wetlands, floodplains, and riparian areas, which enhance water quality and provide important habitats for migrating waterfowl in the Mississippi flyway.
With such abundant acreage, Shawnee National Forest is perfect for all types of outdoor recreation. Hike part of the 160-mile River to River Trail, or experience the 320 million year-old rock formations and cliffs at the Garden of the Gods. Shawnee also attracts big-game hunters, equestrians, bird watchers, rock climbers, beach goers, and other explorers.
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Content updated April 20, 2016