“280,000 acre forest. Wow.”
The Shawnee National Forest, located in the Ozark and Shawnee Hills of Southern Illinois, consists of approximately 280000 acres (1100 km²) of federally managed lands. In descending order of land area it is located in parts of Pope, Jackson, Union, Hardin, Alexander, Saline, Gallatin, Johnson, and Massac counties. Forest headquarters are located in Harrisburg, Illinois.
How is this Illinois?! Garden of the Gods is a must see. Its not anything like the one in Colorado, but still a completely different kind of impressive. Many of the best sights here are accessed by easily traversed trails, many of which are loops trails so you don't see the same thing twice.
Whether you make this a quick stop, or a multi day backcountry hiking adventure is up to you, just make sure you put it on your must visit list.
Stopping here is a must!
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Shawnee National Forest
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