I spent a couple days down in Shawnee National Forest exploring and getting back to nature. It had been almost six years since I was last down here! Shawnee is located about two hours southeast of St. Louis so it makes for a nice weekend trip. There is so much to see and do that you could easily spend a whole week here. Since I only had a couple days, here are a few things I saw:
The view from Skyline Drive.
This back road stretches between Cobden and Alto Pass. Along the way, there is a picnic area with an amazing view. You can even see the Bald Knob Cross perched high on top of Bald Knob Mountain.
Pomona Natural Bridge.
A short 1/3 mile loop trail leads to the 90 foot long natural bridge. I loved all of the rocks and plants in this area.
Giant City State Park.
The rock formations are amazing. This state park is worth a stop since the trails are short and scenic. Be sure to climb the water tower too!
Overall, this was a much needed short vacation. Southern Illinois has so much to offer. I can’t wait to go back!