While most, even those who live here, think of Illinois as one of the flattest places on earth (much of it is naught but cornfields, after all), but there are other parts too. Carved by glaciers and ancient inland seas, this place gives a little taste of mountains to those in a place where there is nothing of the kind.
Spanning 289,000 acres, Shawnee National Forest is nestled in Southern Illinois between the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, the hike between which is the River to River Trail. It features strikingly beautiful oak-hickory forests, flourishing wetlands, lush canyons, razorback ridges and unique geological features. A rare convergence of six natural ecological regions results in a diversity of plant and animal species.