Shawnee National Forrest

Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by rhino_adv, Oct 15, 2010.

  1. rhino_adv

    rhino_adv Gnarly Adventurer

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    Im planning on heading down to the SNF next weekend (21-24 October 2010) for a few days of rideing and site seeing. Ill be camping at Lake Glendale Thu, Fri and Sat nights. Can anyone steer me towards some interesting D/S trails/roads in this area? Also looking for some suggestions on places to stop for a good meal.
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  2. midz76

    midz76 n00b

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    I'm anticipating the responses. A trip to the Shawnee will be my first real road trip since jumping into the DS pool.
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  3. motocrossross

    motocrossross Been here awhile

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  4. William42

    William42 Long timer

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    vfrpilot and I rode down there for two days last weekend. There is some great riding down there. Our beasts did not do well on some of Big Dog's tracks.

    vfrpilot planned the ride so I am not much help with routes.
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  5. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    I've ridden the Shawnee all my life.

    You can find some interesting stuff here:

    http://bigdogadventures.com/ShawneeDualsport.htm

    Lot's of good stuff !!!

    My very favorite place to eat is the little store and gas station 2 miles Southeast of Herod, Illinois at the intersection
    of rt. 34 and CR-4 (Karbers Ridge Rd.). If you like fancy, busy places with hords of people----you won't like it.
    Have em' fix you a sandwich just the way you like.
    Tell em' BigDog sent you----get you throw'd out for sure :rofl :rofl :D

    Picture below is "Hippy Falls"---the road above the falls can be a little slippery.

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    Here's the gps file of that ride.

    Attached Files:

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  6. rhino_adv

    rhino_adv Gnarly Adventurer

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    Mark, Thanks for the gpx file! I'll load it in the Garmin tomorrow. You are very fortunate to live where you do.....not much but corn and bean fields up here:cry . I'll check out the gas station/store near Harod for a sandwich while in down there.
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  7. dblacknj

    dblacknj Master of the Obvious

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    Big Dog;

    You just blew my mind…

    I just stumbed across your post quite by accident.

    To make a long story short, I live and have lived in NJ for most of my life.
    I've tried to escape, but I've got another 9 years to go.

    My family dating back to the 1810s all came from southern Illinois.
    I've been there numerous times since I was a kid in the 1960s,
    including the past two years to bury my parents in Emwood Cemetery
    the corner of 142 and 13, just across the highway from Equality.
    Hey, you can't live forever…

    Anyhow on one of your loops, you ride up High Knob Road,
    past Leamington Road on the east side.

    If you go east on Leamington Road about 1.5 miles, there
    is a cemetery on the south side. I'll guess there's probably 20+
    people in there that would recognize me (if they were alive).

    The valley or should I say what's left of it running from Leamington Road,
    going north, from High Knob Road east to Route 1, was all my
    family for most of the 1800s and up until 1970ish. Unfortunately
    Peabody coal came through numerous times with big wads of money
    and bought out most of the places. They strip mined the area numerous
    times in the 1970s, 80s. In fact when I was back there last January,
    quite a few gravel roads had been eliminated and the Leamington Road
    which was famous for it's dust is now paved. Time marches on.
    I still have a handful of relatives left in Harrisburg and Shawneetowne,
    but they are all in their 80s.

    Unfortunately my Dad and I never got along. We never spoke much once I hit 14.
    Something about spending to much money on a Suzuki 90. I know my father hung
    out and drank in Garden of the Gods, in the 40s. He had a friend that ran a horse ranch
    at High Knob. I think it was called "the High Knob". Many of the areas you run
    through sound very familiar. Probably from my grandparents always talking
    about living back there.

    I deeply appreciate what you have done. This has become an instant must ride for me.
    It's a matter of planning when to get back out there in 2011. One summer in the early 70s
    I took my Suzuki Tm250 out there. Raced up and down the roads, didn't make any friends.
    Next time I'll goback with my gps, maps and 950SE with a greater interest in the area,
    thanks to you!


    Dennis Black


    If your into history of the area, take a look at this: http://members.cox.net/frohock2/black.html
    It is dry and lengthy, but has a some interesting pages with insight as to living in the
    area in the early 1900s. My father wrote it.
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  8. dblacknj

    dblacknj Master of the Obvious

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    I've been staring at Shawnee National Forest in both Garmin Topo 2008
    and Illinois Topo from gpsfiledepot.com.

    I don't know who drew the boundary lines for SNF, but be aware that a significant portion of what you
    see as National Forest (at least in the NE corner) in these two maps is actually private land.
    Private land belonging to town folk, farmers and/or the coal companies.
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  9. rhino_adv

    rhino_adv Gnarly Adventurer

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    Thanks for the heads up! The last thing I want to do is end up in jail for tresspassing. I guess I could show the local police the GPS track and say "Bigdog said it was ok":rofl That should keep me out of jail:rofl :rofl:rofl
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  10. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    My gps tracks is all on legal roads.

    Mark
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  11. rhino_adv

    rhino_adv Gnarly Adventurer

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    Sounds good Mark! :clap
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  12. midz76

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    Wow, thanks for the info! I might make this trip happen still this Fall. If not it will be the first road trip in early Spring.
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  13. dwthump

    dwthump Been here awhile

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    I've been going to the Shawnee for 30 years for numerous outdoor activities but have not found any areas that you can ride offroad. Some of the trails won't even let mountain bikes on. I've seen many "fire roads" but you're not allowed on them. Of course, the locals ride 4 wheelers everywhere, including the trails......
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  14. Craiger

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    Well I guess no one told that to the Ranger with the green law enforcement on the side of his vehicle as I exited off the Forest service single track road below. Waved me over seen my plate told me to have a good day and went back to the two guys on four wheelers who had enough tickets in their hands to have been playing Rummy.



    This was the forest service road

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    Leads to here

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    Power-line/legal rd. just have to know where to get on and where to get off

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    Legal rd

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  15. rhino_adv

    rhino_adv Gnarly Adventurer

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    Are ther maps available from the DNR showing roads/trails in the SNF?
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  16. alma1992

    alma1992 Jaded AND Cynical!

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    I believe they have all the maps you need at any of the information centers.
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  17. vfrpilot

    vfrpilot Stress Relief Rider

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    Here are the routes and tracks of what we rode. Our routes going down are included but you'll figure it out. :huh

    Well, it seems that I am not smart enough to post the GPS file.
    Can anyone steer me in the right direction? :ear
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  18. jonny cash

    jonny cash LEGEND

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    If you make it over to Elizabethtown, the place on the river has awesome fish. Craigers last pic is of us on Harvey Hicks road, which is about 3/4 of a mile from schaefer's market, the place Bigdog recommended to eat.
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  19. rhino_adv

    rhino_adv Gnarly Adventurer

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    Oil and filter change in the Landrover..................$38.97
    New DID O-Ring chain.....................................$102.64
    XT600 & Camping gear loaded on the trailer.............O....
    3 days riding the Shawnee in late October.........Priceless
    :clap :clap :clap :clap :clap :clap :clap :clap :clap :clap :clap :clap :clap
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  20. JUNIOR650

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    Have fun! I'll go next time!
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