The Shawnee Challenge

Shawnee Challenge:

Will You Accept the Challenge?

Welcome to the Shawnee Challenge, a multi-user adventure challenge combining the Shawnee National Forest and Illinois State Park trail use. The Shawnee Challenge is completely free, self-supported, and has no time limit. The Shawnee Challenge was created for adventurers of all ages and abilities. The challenge was simply created for you to have an adventure in southern Illinois while realizing just how cool Shawnee Forest Country actually is!


What is the Shawnee Challenge?

The Shawnee Challenge is a 10-mile trail adventure challenge open to everyone of all ages and abilities. Participants are encouraged to hike half and mountain bike the other half for the best results of participating in the challenge. However, if participants wish to bike the entire route or hike the entire route, that is okay as well. This challenge uses Avenza Maps for participation which is free and available for iOS and Android. This challenge is 100% free, self-support, and there is no time limit. Those who complete the challenge get an award. Please see our FAQ Page for more information about the challenge.


Ready to Participate in the Shawnee Challenge?

To participate in the Shawnee Challenge at your own pace and free, register here for your account and be sure to check out our Frequently Asked Questions page as well as our Challenge Safety Information page for more information. If you have already created an account, you can login here at any time. Follow the instructions located on Your Member Page about how to participate.


This competition is 100% free. There are no purchases necessary. You must live in the United States in order to receive the award for competition. This challenge is brought to you by Hiking with Shawn and Southernmost Illinois Tourism in partnership with US Forest Service, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Shawnee Mountain Bike Association, and Friends of the Shawnee National Forest. This challenge was created in an effort to promote tourism in the southern Illinois region.

The Shawnee Challenge is an effort created in part by:

Hiking with Shawn
Southernmost Illinois

In Partnership With…

US Forest Service