When you think of Southern Illinois, commonly referred to as "Little Egypt", try not to think about the rest of the state. The region is culturally and ecologically unique. Surrounded on its eastern, southern and western borders by the Wabash, Ohio, Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, The Shawnee National Forest is subject to the convergence of multiple climate zones. With 7 wilderness areas, beautiful streams, sandstone cliffs, and abundant wildlife, the Shawnee offers a little bit of everything for the outdoor enthusiast. Plant life is diverse to say the least and over 500 wildlife species call the region home. Snake Migrations routinely close roads for months at a time and on spring days, humans flock to the cliffs, trails, and lakes for their own adventures.
The Shawnee National Forest was established in the early 1930's and originally was 2 national forests including the Illini NF. Reforestation efforts began soon after in an attempt to repair the damage done from the timber boom and poor farming practices. Over the past 80 years the region has rebounded. The hills are once again covered with forest, the streams run clear, and the wildlife has returned. For More information about the Shawnee National Forest visit, www.fs.fed.us  and search Shawnee National Forest.