Shawnee National Forest , Illinois

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About Shawnee National Forest :

Bluffs millions of years old stand guard over forested hill country. Cliffside vistas and interesting outcroppings draw thousands of people each year. Popular attractions include Garden of the Gods, Stone Face, Little Grand Canyon and their hiking trails. Inspiration Point Bluff rises 300 feet above the Mississippi River bottomland at the LaRue-Pine Hills/Otter Pond Research Natural Area.

Minerals played an important role in the history of southern Illinois and are still important today. The great Salt Springs attracted people and animals to the area for centuries. A visit to the Illinois Iron Furnace, restored in 1967 by the Goldonca Job Corps, will take you back to the mid-1800's when more than nine tons of pig iron was produced per day.

In addition to an astonishing variety of trees and plants, many species of wildlife live here, including at least 48 species of mammals, 237 birds, 52 reptiles, 57 amphibians and 109 fish. Approximately 500 vertebrate species live in the Shawnee. Numerous insects and invertebrates occur throughout the Forest as well. Perhaps you'll see a whitetail buck leave his forest shelter for early evening grazing. Or you'll follow brilliantly feathered finches from a board

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About Shawnee National Forest :
The Shawnee National Forest, located in the Ozark and Shawnee hills of Southern Illinois, consists of approximately 280,000 acres (1,100 kmē) of federally managed lands. Forest headquarters are located in Harrisburg, Illinois. Designated as the Illini and Shawnee Purchase Units. President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared these purchase units to be the Shawnee National Forest in September 1939. Most of the land obtained for the Forest in its first decade of existence was exhausted farmland. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, the Civilian Conservation Corps planted pine trees to prevent erosion and help rebuild the soil. However, the Forest is also home to many hardwood trees and other plant and animal species characteristic of the region. In the 1980s and 1990s, there was an active history of conservation and protest efforts by local, regional, and national environmental groups and individuals ranging from radical movements such as Earth First! to mainstream organizations such as th
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N 37°44.14626'

W 88°32.56404'

The wooded countryside of the Shawnee National Forest is a wonderful place to enjoy the outdoors on a beautiful autumn day. LaRue Pine Hi...

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N 37°44.14626'

W 88°32.56404'

Rock Climbing and rappelling on the Shawnee National Forest is permitted at Jackson Falls on the Hidden Springs Ranger District. However, th...

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