Shawnee National Forest closes some recreation sites

 

Harrisburg, IL.  March 24, 2020 – All developed campgrounds and restrooms managed by the Shawnee National Forest have been closed indefinitely for the health and safety of visitors and staff. This includes:

Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District

– Johnson Creek Campground, Jackson County

– Pine Hills Campground, Union County

Hidden Springs Ranger District

– Camp Cadiz Campground, Hardin County

– Pharaoh Campground at Garden of the Gods, Saline County

– Pine Ridge Campground at Pounds Hollow, Gallatin County

– Tower Rock Campground, Hardin County

As we work through an unpredictable and rapidly changing situation, health and safety is our number one priority. We are committed to continuing to support our communities and fulfill our mission as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19.

These actions have been taken based on the best available medical advice for cleaning per CDC guidelines and to promote social distancing.  Visitors are encouraged to contact the ranger district office with additional questions

The Shawnee National Forest continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and evaluate potential impacts. Please remember to review current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and focus on recreating safely while protecting yourself, Forest Service employees and our volunteers.

 

Shawnee National Forest Offers Virtual Services

Harrisburg, IL. March 24, 2020 – The Shawnee National Forest is closing offices and implementing virtual services to protect the health and safety of employees and members of the public during the COVID-19 outbreak in accordance with guidance from federal and state authorities.

Customers needing information, permits and maps are encouraged to call 618-253-7114 or 1- 800-My-Woods during regular business hours for prompt, customer service. “As we work through an unpredictable and rapidly changing situation, health and safety is our number one priority,” said Karen Harralson, Acting Forest Supervisor. “We are committed to continuing to support our communities and fulfill our mission as we all work together to
minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19.”

These actions have been taken based on the best available medical advice to limit gatherings of large numbers of people and to promote social distancing. Visitors are encouraged to contact their local forest or ranger district with any questions at [email protected] or http://ow.ly/9wPE50yUBnt. You can also visit our Facebook page at http://ow.ly/eCcc50yUBnv.shawneenatlforest.

Visitors to our National Forests are urged to take the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For tips from the CDC on preventing illnesses like the coronavirus, go to: http://ow.ly/JFcS50yUBnx
ncov/about/prevention.html.

2 Comments

  1. Susan on March 30, 2020 at 12:45 pm

    Can we still come to hike . Just me and my husband. Thank you for keeping us safe.

    Susan Spradley,
    Evansville In.

    • Editor on March 30, 2020 at 4:29 pm

      Yes, hiking is open! We went to Jackson Falls and Burden Falls this weekend.

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