Shawnee National Forest, IL – Eclipse Campers Flock to Shawnee National Forest

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Shawnee National Forest, IL – The Shawnee National Forest has become a coveted destination for eclipse watchers, with campgrounds filling up swiftly as the celestial event nears. 

As of the morning of April 4, 2024, the U.S. Forest Service’s Facebook page details the few remaining non-electric campsite vacancies. Enthusiasts eager to experience the eclipse in the serenity of nature have claimed most spots, with the Forest Service adopting a first-come, first-serve policy to manage the influx. The Bell Smith Springs Redbud and Pounds Hollow campgrounds, among others, still offer some availability, but the Lake Glendale electric sites are now fully booked. With the expected arrival of spring break visitors, campers are encouraged to contact the offices for updates or consult the online interactive map. 

The Forest Service emphasizes the dynamic nature of campground occupancy, advising prompt action for those still planning their eclipse adventure. This natural phenomenon is not only attracting stargazers but also providing a significant boost to the local outdoor recreation economy, showcasing the Shawnee National Forest as a prime spot for both astronomical events and year-round natural exploration.

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