Shawnee National Forest Panther Den Trail

Harrisburg, Illinois

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This easy day hike introduces you to the forests within the Shawnee National Forest, located in the Ozark and Shawnee Hills of southern Illinois. The Panther Den Trail provides easy access to one of the most interesting rock formations in the area. A short hike allows for hours of exploration. In 1990 the US Congress designated southern Illinois’s Panther Den as a wilderness area. Panther Den Wilderness Area totals 1,195 acres, 1,081 acres of which is managed by the Shawnee National Forest, with the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge managing the remaining acreage.
Hiking Ozarks

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Hiking Ozarks

by JD Tanner and Emily Ressler-Tanner (Falcon Guides)

This easy day hike introduces you to the forests within the Shawnee National Forest, located in the Ozark and Shawnee Hills of southern Illinois. The Panther Den Trail provides easy access to one of the most interesting rock formations in the area. A short hike allows for hours of exploration.

In 1990 the US Congress designated southern Illinois’s Panther Den as a wilderness area. Panther Den Wilderness Area totals 1,195 acres, 1,081 acres of which is managed by the Shawnee National Forest, with the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge managing the remaining acreage.

© 2014 JD Tanner and Emily Ressler-Tanner/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Harrisburg
Distance: 2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Shawnee National Forest, 50 Highway 145 S., Harrisburg, IL 62946; (618) 253-7114; www.fs.usda.gov
Local Maps: USGS Lick Creek
Driving Directions: Directions to Shawnee National Forest: Panther Den Trail

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