Shawnee National Forest
On Saturday September 26, 2015 a wide variety of outdoor recreation enthusiasts, including the U.S. Forest Service, Gallatin and Hardin County Tourism groups and the River-to-River Society, will host the 3rd Annual Ozark Tour. The focus of the tours is to remind the public of the cultural and natural resources present in Southern Illinois as well as the wide variety of recreational opportunities that are available to the public.Over the past year the Shawnee National Forest and a variety of interested citizens and civic groups have been working together to plan the 3nd Annual Trigg’s Trails, Tours and Detours, also known as the Ozark Tours to southern Illinois. From 1931-1949, once a year Col Lindolph Oscar (L.O.) Trigg shepherded government officials and area boosters on sight-seeing expeditions to various sites in Southern Illinois. The purpose of the tours was to highlight the special places in Southern Illinois, including both scenic and important historical sites and to encourage the establishment of a national forest. Col. Trigg was an early and enthusiastic promoter of a national forest for southern Illinois and dedicated much of his life to showing others the beauties of the region. His dream was finally realized when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt proclaimed the establishment of the Shawnee National Forest in 1939.