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Shawnee National Forest
The Shawnee National Forest lies in the rough, unglaciated areas know as the Illinois Ozark and Shawnee Hills. Primitive camping is allowed on National Forest land 1/4 of a mile away from developed campgrounds and developed picnic areas. Camping is NOT allowed within Designated Natural Areas, Research Natural Areas nor within 150 feet of trails or municipal water sources. A permit is not required nor is there a fee, however, a 14-day limitation is in effect. Pets are welcome, but must be leashed and are not allowed in designated swimming areas.