The beauty of the Shawnee national Forest in Southern Illinois spreads out in 280,000 acres. The land is both breathtaking with its beauty and intimidating with its vastness. Each year there are individuals that get lost in the dense natural playground. If you decide to visit this area bring along bottled water, flashlights and other safety items including a plan.
The Shawnee forest includes the Garden of the Gods and Cave - n - Rock State Park. There are also many secluded areas as well like the rugged Cedar Lake Trail System and its primitive camping sites..
I feel so lucky to live in such a beautiful area. If you ever want to just get away from it all the Shawnee National Forest is the place to go.