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Trails to Adventure

Unmissable Outdoor Adventures

Explore a national forest in southern Illinois

Nestled in the expanse of picturesque Southern Illinois, Shawnee Forest Country emerges—a refuge for those looking to find both adventure and relaxation. Traverse dense woodlands on foot or on bike, towering trees the only thing separating you from the vast sky. Or try exhilarating outdoor sports like ziplining or rock climbing. Find peace in the serenity of hidden lakes or among gorgeous vineyards (and their delicious wares). With every visit, you’ll find something new about the beauty of nature to inspire you.

Hiker on the Garden of the Gods Camel Rock looking over the forest.

Explore Shawnee National Forest

Incredible Outdoor Adventures Await

The picturesque Shawnee National Forest covers much of southernmost Illinois between the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. The area is well suited for outdoor adventures any time of year. In fact, every season can offer something different. Exploring the forest and Garden of the Gods is a must.


Southern Illinois

Home to Southern Illinois University, Carbondale’s busy historic district bustles with shops and restaurants, while you’re tempted with nearby parks, year-round golf and the popular Shawnee Hills Wine Trail.


Southern Illinois

Home to a small artist colony, shops and local art fill the town’s one-block boardwalk. After you’ve made the rounds, hit the trails for hiking at Giant City State Park. Golfers will find solace in a scenic course that skirts the Shawnee National Forest.


Southern Illinois

Lace up your boots and head nearby to Garden of the Gods for breathtaking views atop ancient rock formations, explore the popular River to River Trail or hike deep into the Shawnee National Forest.

Pomona, Alto Pass & Cobden

Southern Illinois

After a day of hiking Little Grand Canyon, you’ll be greeted by a winery known for fruit vintages, nestled into the woods. Follow the wine trail to nearby Alto Pass and Cobden to taste more local terroir.

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