Dog info and rules Shawnee National Forest

Shawnee National Forest

Located in the state of Illinois

As Illinois's only National Forest, Shawnee is located in the southern part of the state and contains seven wilderness areas, including the Garden of the Gods. Among the many miles of hiking trails in the forest is the River to River Trail, which is 160 mi (260 km) long.

  • Along roads
  • Hiking trails
  • Wilderness areas
  • Campgrounds
  • Picnic areas
  • Other developed exterior areas of the forest
  • Must be restrained or kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times.
  • Dogs must wear a collar with current tags at all times
  • Pick up after your dog at all times – Leave no trace
  • Saddle or pack animals are allowed in recreation sites only where authorized by posted instructions.

*Please see more details for leash info

  • Inside buildings (unless service animal)
  • On beaches or in other swimming areas (unless service animal)
  • Some cabins may not allow dogs.
  • Never leave your pet unattended or alone inside a vehicle
  • Never off leash – unless inside a vehicle, tent, dog crate or other portable kennel
  • Untagged dogs or dogs with uncurrent tags
  • Excessive barking

*Please see more details for leash info

  • Extreme range of weather
  • Poisonous Snakes
  • Poisonous Plants
  • Predatory animals
  • Be aware of hunting areas
  • Ticks and biting insects
  • Do not drink from waterways
  • Bring plenty of drinking water
  • Swim safely, extreme water areas

Leash Laws: Most parks require dogs to be on a leash in some or all areas, however, some parks allow dogs off leash in certain locations, please consult the parks website before going off leash, Thank you!

  • Consult the park website before traveling all information is to be used as a guide.
  • Respect local wildlife.
  • Leave no trace – What you bring in, you bring out.
  • If you are visiting during the hottest months of the year, a “palm test” is recommended before walking your dog – place your hand on the pavement for a minute and see if it is comfortable there. If the pavement feels hot to your palm, it will be hot to your dog’s paws.

(618) 253-7114

Shawnee National Forest Website

Shawnee National Forest Camping

Shawnee National Forest Hiking

Shawnee National Forest Volunteer

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