Winter is on its way, temperatures are cooling, and Shawnee National Forest is closing some of its recreation sites and roads for the season.
Campgrounds closing December 15 include Red Bud Campground at Bell Smith Springs, Pine Ridge Campground at Pounds Hollow, Pine Hills and Johnson Creek campgrounds. Most campgrounds reopen March 15; Pine Ridge Campground reopens April 1.
For those who enjoy camping in all seasons, check out Pharaoh Campground at Garden of the Gods, Oak Point Campground at Lake Glendale and Camp Cadiz.
Seasonal road closures start mid-December. For exact dates and roads, please refer to the Motor Vehicle Use Map. Maps can be obtained from Shawnee National Forest’s Harrisburg, Jonesboro and Vienna offices.More information is available on our Web site: https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/shawnee/maps-pubs.