Shawnee National Forest: An Illinois adventure worth the trip

Welcome to the Midwest. Corn country. Fly-over country, or so the folks on the coasts say. But they never bother to look closely. You can keep Manhattan, you can keep Seattle, we’ll take the Shawnee National Forest. More than 265,000 acres of pristine wilderness in the heart of the Midwest. And, nestled within that forest, Garden of the Gods Wilderness.

Some, perhaps many, MWO readers already know about this slice of paradise, but for those that didn’t grow up exploring its towering geologic formations, it’s well worth the trip.

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