Wintertime is nearly at an end and it’s time to look forward to that spring getaway near Shawnee National Forest. Located in southern Illinois, this forest covers around 280,000 acres. Home to many hardwood and pine trees, you’ll be able to view these on the densely populated paths, along with interesting rock formations. Newly bloomed wildflowers will also be found in late spring. There are seven designated wilderness areas in the forest, along with the Little Grand Canyon where you can find Arctic plants leftover from its ancient origin. Go fishing or rafting in the Big Muddy River, or kayaking or canoeing in the artificial Cedar Lake. No matter which activity you choose, your spring getaway near Shawnee National Forest will be one to remember.