Shawnee National Forest really puts the ‘wild’ back in ‘wildlife’. Escape to some true wilderness, where solitude and serenity are the orders of the day. So make the most of this wilderness with a break to Shawnee, located in southern Illinois, where the best attractions include Garden of the Gods wilderness area, the Rim Rock National Recreational Trail, the River to River Trail, and Jackson Falls. Enjoy getting back to nature, where the hustle and bustle of normal life will seem very far away, and the silence of the forest will calm and soothe you. Enjoy the explosion of color in the warm months, and in the winter, explore a real winter wonderland. These places to stay near Shawnee National Forest are the last word in peaceful rejuvenation, and will meet and exceed expectations!