Synopses & Reviews
One of the unique and most scenic treasures in the Midwest, the Shawnee National Forest spans more than 279,000 acres deep in southern Illinois. The natural beauty, stunning vistas, and diverse flora and fauna of this picturesque region invite exploration by all who love nature. This easy-to-use guidebook highlights 20 exciting day or weekend trips within and near the Shawnee National Forest, making it easy to take advantage of the forestandrsquo;s myriad opportunities for outdoor recreational activity. and#160;
Intended for those without extensive hiking or camping experience, the guide provides all of the information necessary to safely and proficiently explore all the forest has to offer. Entertaining narratives describe each journey in vivid detail, offering advice on needed supplies, pointing out shortcuts, and spotlighting not-to-miss views. Entries also include thorough directions, GPS coordinates, trail difficulty ratings, landform descriptions, exact distances between points, and a list of available facilities at each location.and#160;
From biking and bird watching to hiking, horseback riding, and rock climbing, the Shawnee National Forest is home to an abundance of possibilities for outdoor fun. With this practical guide in hand, adventure seekers and nature lovers alike can make the most of southern Illinoisandrsquo;s own natural treasure.
Best Travel Guide of the Year by Booklist, 2013
andldquo;From waterfalls to caves to wonderful vistas overlooking the Ohio River, and from historic sites to calm lakes to interesting architecture, the Mahans take you everywhere you need to go to gain an intense appreciation of southern Illinois as a vacation spot. An enthusiastic guide to an overlooked place.andrdquo;andmdash;Booklist
About the Author
Researcher and author Larry P. Mahan documented five years of extensive research in his self-published book, In Search of Large Trees, which includes 100 color photos of notable tree specimens from central and southern Illinois, information for identifying the different tree species, and chronicles Mahans personal experiences during his research. He has been featured in numerous newspaper articles including such publications as the Springfield State Journal Register and the Jacksonville Journal-Courier.
Larry Mahan holds a bachelor's degree from Western Illinois University, Macomb and a Master's degree from the University of Illinois, Springfield and recently retired from the teaching profession with 50 years of service. His wife, Donna, a native of southern Illinois, and an alumnus of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, has also retired from teaching in the Springfield area.