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Hike Near Harrisburg: Gateway to Shawnee National Forest

Explore the Shawnee National Forest and enjoy the largest, most diverse natural treasure in Illinois. Major highways head to southern Illinois where you will find some of the most beautiful scenery in the midwest, if you are willing to explore the backroads! This adventure is just the 'tip of the rock formation' to get you started in Shawnee Forest Country!

  • 1.

    Shawnee National Forest Headquarters

    Shawnee National Forest Headquarters

    If your adventure starts Monday through Friday, this is a great place to stop for some helpful tips.

  • 2.

    Glen O Jones Lake and Tecumseh Statue

    Glen O Jones Lake and Tecumseh Statue

    Hiking, camping, fishing, boating, and a life-size bronze statue of the Shawnee Chief Tecumseh

  • 3.

    Garden of the Gods Recreation area

    Garden of the Gods Recreation area

    A must-see location featured on the Illinois quarter.

  • 4.

    Tunnel Hill Trail Connection

    Tunnel Hill Trail Connection

    A 2.5-mile-long city biking/walking trail connects to the 45-mile Tunnel Hill State Trail.

  • 5.

    Williams Hill Pass

    Williams Hill Pass

    Looking for ATV/OHV trails? Williams Hill Pass is the place for you!

  • 6.

    Burden Falls Wilderness

    Burden Falls Wilderness

    A favorite for photographers, this fall is 35 feet from top to bottom, but in beautiful surroundings.

  • 7.

    Stone Face Trail

    Stone Face Trail

    Deep inside the Shawnee National forest, southeast of Harrisburg, you'll come face-to-face with this face

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