Shawnee National Forest

I spent Memorial Day Weekend (2018) hiking at Shawnee National Forest with members of Women Who Hike – Illinois. It was great making new friends and knocking hikes off my Bucket List! Shawnee National Forest encompasses 280,000 acres of land in the southern tip of Illinois. It protects a wide variety of geological features you…

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Shades State Park

I reached out to members of Women Who Hike and set up a group hike at Shades State Park for this past Saturday. Shades State Park is often overshadowed by her big brother, Turkey Run State Park. Surprisingly though, Jess and I stumbled upon Shades first. It took another year before we even made it…

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Leonard Springs Nature Preserve

Leonard Springs Nature Preserve is another hiking spot that I first heard about from a member of Women Who Hike. It is located in Bloomington, Indiana near the Monroe County Fairgrounds. My mom and I went this past weekend to check it out. There are two caves, a wetland, and numerous waterfalls. It had stormed…

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Starved Rock State Park

Starved Rock State Park was voted the #1 attraction in the state of Illinois and you can definitely tell why once you’ve been there. I love how all of the hiking trails in the park are connected to each other so you can pick a starting point and hike as much or as little as…

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Amy Weingartner Branigin Peninsula Preserve

I learned about the Amy Weingartner Branigin Peninsula Preserve from another member of the Women Who Hike Indiana Facebook page (if you’re not already a member of Women Who Hike you should definitely check it out – there’s chapters all over the country plus a few overseas). The preserve is located in Monroe County, Indiana…

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