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Booking an RV rental near Shawnee National Forest is your introduction to this beautiful outdoor area and all of the treasures that it possesses. Shawnee National Forest is an outdoor recreational area comprised of oak-hickory tree stands and geological features such as towering ridges, lush canyons, and wetlands. The area is a convergence of six natural ecosystems that have resulted in a diverse collection of plant and animal species.

The forest lays just a few minutes north of Vienna, Illinois, and is a popular destination for residents who wish to escape the city in their free time. When you rent an RV near here, you can enjoy some of the natural features of the park, such as the hiking trails. One of these trails leads to the Pomona Natural Bridge, a 90-foot outcropping. The park is between two important rivers, the Ohio and the Mississippi, both of which you should attempt to view while you have the time and opportunity. Renting a camper near Shawnee National Forest can transport you into this world in a way that you might never have expected.

Getting Outdoors

Shawnee National Forest is home to a variety of recreational activities you can pursue. There are hiking trails you can follow, taking you through a mixture of landscapes and ecosystems, and bringing you closer to the animals that reside in these woods. Hiking with some form of a bell or noise-making device on your person is a good way to let them know you're coming. If you're camping at Shawnee National Forest, you can park your motorhome rental nearby, and return to its comforts after you have finished your excursions for the day.

There are many miles of hiking trails throughout the park; some of these may be ADA accessible while others are more challenging. If you're not certain how much of a challenge you'd be comfortable with, talk to park staff before heading out and remember to pack drinking water with you. The trails are open to equestrian riders too.

Mountain biking is not allowed within Shawnee National Forest; if your heart is really set on getting some biking in, you can ride on the highways and established dirt or gravel roads; these tend to be narrow or subject to high-speed traffic, so you should exercise caution if you attempt this. If you want to enjoy rock climbing and rappelling, head for Jackson Falls within the park. Also, keep in mind that some areas bordering the park may be private property.

Camping at Shawnee National Forest

Search for an RV in Pope County, and you are one step closer to a fantastic Shawnee National Forest camping vacation. RV camping is available at Lake Glendale Recreation Area within Shawnee National Forest. The campground has both electric hookup and primitive (no hookup) sites, a dumping area, a boat ramp, and areas where you can picnic. There are restrooms and shower facilities, a beach where you can swim, and a hiking trail that circles around the lake back to its starting point.

If Lake Glendale is a little more remote than you'd like, Cedar Lake Campground is near Vienna, and it has restrooms and showers. The campsites are primitive (without hookups) or have electrical hookups, and there's a lake nearby where you can canoe and kayak (outboard motors aren't allowed on the lake, so everything is quiet and relaxing). If you book a rental RV near Shawnee National Forest and decide to stay here, you'll have all the peace in the world.

Exploring the Area

The city of Vienna is a short drive from Shawnee National Forest, with easy access from Interstate 24. Gas stations, convenience stores, and a couple of grocery and chain retailers can be found here, along with a few restaurants.

Golconda is a small community with some attractions to its credit. Spend some time here and you can take in their historical landmarks that include a town courthouse and a family house (the Buel House) that is an important landmark along the Trail of Tears. It has urban parks and a winery where you can relax and sample their products; the owners are friendly and have a front porch where you can enjoy the views.

The town of Goreville also has some interesting parks and places to shop. The town has a handful of restaurants if you're feeling hungry, including a cafe and a wine bar, a Mexican restaurant, a barbecue joint, and a few more establishments.

Come for the scenery, recreation, and tranquility of the forest; search for a camper rental near Shawnee National Forest and start planning your southern Illinois RV camping trip today.

RV Rentals in Shawnee National Forest, IL

Shawnee National Forest, IL is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Shawnee National Forest. Outdoorsy's Shawnee National Forest RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

Frequently Asked Questions


What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

Security, for one. Outdoorsy helps protect RV owners and renters with excellent support and insurance options, and a secure platform for listings, communication, and payments. There are plenty of other reasons though, like roadside assistance, detailed listings, and a wide variety of RVs to choose from.

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What's around Shawnee National Forest, IL


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Popular Nearby Trails

Hiking Trail Location
River to River Trail Cobden, IL
Red Cedar Trail Giant City State Park, IL
Giant City Nature Trail Giant City State Park, IL
Panther Den Loop Shawnee National Forest, IL
Devil's Standtable Trail Giant City State Park, IL
Stone Fort Trail Giant City State Park, IL
Trillium Trail Giant City State Park, IL
Rocky Bluff Trail Shawnee National Forest, IL
Little Cedar Lake via Lirley Trailhead Shawnee National Forest, IL
Happy Hollow Trail Goreville, IL

Popular Nearby Campgrounds

Campground Location
Giant City Campground Jackson County, IL
Ferne Clyffe Campground Johnson County, IL
Buck Creek RV Park McDowell County, NC
Crab Orchard Lake Campground Jackson County, IL
Lake Murphysboro Campground Jackson County, IL
Trail Of Tears Campground Cape Girardeau County, MO
Dixon Springs Campground Pope County, IL
Benton KOA Franklin County, IL
Pyramid Campground Perry County, IL
Fort Massac Campground Massac County, IL

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