My wife and I recently visited Shawnee National Forest in southern IL. Our daughter had already been there so she was a big influence in picking this place. We were NOT disappointed...it was really beautiful. The pictures below are all from the "Garden of the Gods" in the national forest. If you are afraid of heights you may not like this area too well because there are some high cliffs. Of course, I always have to go as far and high as I can so I really enjoyed this area immensely.