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Trail Riding In The Shawnee National Forest

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Located in southern Illinois, Shawnee National Forest lies between the mighty Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. It has some of the most beautiful scenery in the Midwest, such as unique rock formations, caves, spectacular bluffs and canyons. The Shawnee National forest offers hiking, backpacking, hunting, fishing, hiking, boating, swimming, camping and scenic driving in a additional to horseback riding. It is rated one of the top five places to trail ride in the United States.

Forested Hills, towering bluffs and clear lakes are a few of the backdrops of the Shawnee. Horseback riding is a tradition in this part of the state. Generations of equestrians have enjoyed the splendors of the forests on horseback. There are many miles of equestrian trails in the forest and the variety of terrain makes the riding interesting and can be challenging in some places from easy to rugged. The river to river trail should not be missed. It is about 160 miles in all and goes all the way from the Ohio River to the Mississippi and passes through some of the most scenic area in the forest. You can ride the whole thing or just do a small section at a time. The river to river is also part of the Great American Discovery trail that goes all the way from the east coast ending at Point Reyes in California.

The Shawnee National forest has many places to stay and camp with your horse which provide easy access to trails. The forest is so large you may want to stay at different camps so you can experience different parts of the forest. If you don't want to travel with your own horse there are places that offer guided rides with good quality trail horses.

If your looking for a new place to trail ride and you live in the Midwest. Try out the Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois

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