Best trails in Shawnee National Forest

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Looking for a great trail in Shawnee National Forest, Illinois? AllTrails has 25 great hiking trails, running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 14 moderate trails in Shawnee National Forest ranging from 0.6 to 151.8 miles and from 354 to 925 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Little Grand Canyon Trail
Shawnee National Forest
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 31 m
NOTE: It has been reported that the facilities are CLOSED due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. There are a couple of places where you have to climb down into theShow more
#2 - Rim Rock Recreational Trail
Shawnee National Forest
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 56 m
Rim Rock Trail leads around the rim of a rock escarpment before descending a crevice in the rock cliff to the valley floor while meandering through massive rock formations. A wonderfully scenic trailShow more
#3 - Cove Hollow Trail to Cedar Lake Trail
Shawnee National Forest
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 2 h 29 m
A portion of this trail is a loop around Cedar lake. You also have the option for an out and back to the trailhead on Rowan Road at Makanda. The trail is well blazed with only a couple of junctions Show more
#4 - Pomona Natural Bridge Trail
Shawnee National Forest
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Length: 0.3 mi • Est. 10 m
Pomona Natural Bridge Trail is a 0.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pomona, Illinois that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hikShow more
#5 - High Knob To Twin Towers Loop Trail
Shawnee National Forest
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 3 h 10 m
This trail is part of the High Knob, River to River and Shawnee National Forest trail system. Featuring High Knob Loop Trail, Twin Towers, Buzzard Point, a bat cave, many rock formations and differentShow more
#6 - Beaver Trail
Shawnee National Forest
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 30 m
Beaver Trail is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Junction, Illinois that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessibShow more
#7 - Garden Of The Gods Loop
Shawnee National Forest
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 3 h 8 m
This trail is part of the River To River And Garden Of The Gods trail system. Featuring Arch Of The Gods, Anvil Rock, scenic vistas, many waterfalls, rock formations, forest settings and wildlife. UseShow more
#8 - River to River Trail
Shawnee National Forest
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Length: 151.8 mi • Est. Multi-day
Trail starts at Elizabethtown on the Ohio River and ends at Devil's Backbone on the Mississippi River. Great way to experience the Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois. Passes through Plains,Show more
#9 - High Knob
Shawnee National Forest
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Length: 0.6 mi • Est. 19 m
Great little hike, lots of cool places to explore and climb around on if you want. Starts on top of High Knob and circles under a cool bluff line. Great overlook facing west for sunsets and a trail trShow more
#10 - Stone Face Trail
Shawnee National Forest
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 39 m
The Stone Face Trail up to the Stone Face rewards you with scenic vistas and of course a view of Stone Face. Show more
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