HARRISBURG, IL—January 14, 2021— The U.S. Forest Service announces they will waive fees at many of their campgrounds on special days throughout 2021 as part of the federal land management fee-free program. “These fee-free days are our way of thanking our many visitors, but also... Read More.
HARRISBURG, IL January 14, 2021 –The Shawnee National Forest is providing contact-free customer services Monday through Friday at their offices located in Harrisburg, Jonesboro and Vienna Illinois. Although brochures and recreation information are available on the Forest's website, other services are only available at the... Read More.
HARRISBURG, IL December 11, 2020 – As we enter the winter season the Shawnee National Forest reminds the public of the following seasonal closures that are in effect across the Forest. Seasonal road closures start the week of December 14. For a list of seasonally... Read More.
HARRISBURG, IL November 9, 2020 –The Shawnee National Forest is providing contact-free customer services at their offices located in Harrisburg, Jonesboro and Vienna Illinois. Although brochures and recreation information are available on the Forest's website, visitors can now stop by the offices on Monday, Wednesday... Read More.
November 5, 2020, HARRISBURG: Enjoying the fresh air while hiking the forest in search of the perfect Christmas tree, can be a wonderful way to begin the holiday season. Create special memories by bringing your family to the Shawnee National Forest to cut your... Read More.
Cypress, IL—September 28, 2020— Shawnee National Forest continues its series of special programs to commemorate their 80th Anniversary of being proclaimed a national forest. Learn about Shawnee National Forest history and the many efforts made by dedicated residents of southern Illinois that were instrumental... Read More.
HARRISBURG, IL. May 8, 2020 –Shawnee National Forest would like to remind the public that All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), Utility Task Vehicle (UTVs), “Side-by-Sides” and Off-Highway motorized vehicles are prohibited from operating on National Forest System roads and trails as well as cross-country. All motor vehicles are prohibited... Read More.
HARRISBURG, IL. April 23, 2020 –, In an effort to provide mission critical and essential services despite the historic pandemic, USDA Forest Service staff are continuing to work on projects protecting forest health and improving recreation sites. Despite the virtual workforce, significant work is being done on... Read More.
Harrisburg, IL. March 24, 2020 – All developed campgrounds and restrooms managed by the Shawnee National Forest have been closed indefinitely for the health and safety of visitors and staff. This includes: Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District – Johnson Creek Campground, Jackson County – Pine Hills Campground, Union County Hidden Springs Ranger... Read More.