Date(s) - 12/10/2022 - 03/15/2023
Harrisburg, December 2, 2022— As we enter the winter season the Shawnee National
Forest announces the following annual seasonal closures that will be in effect across the Forest.
Seasonal Forest Road closure will be in affect starting December 10. A free Motor Vehicle Use
Map is available at the Harrisburg and Vienna office and lists all Forest Service roads and exact
closure dates. This map is also available on-line at www.fs.usda.gov/main/shawnee/maps-
Campgrounds that will close for the winter season starting on December 15, include Red Bud
Campground (Bell Smith Springs), Pine Ridge Campground (Pounds Hollow), Tower Rock, and
Johnson Creek Campgrounds. Most campgrounds reopen March 15, 2023, except for, Tower
Rock Campground which reopens May 1. For those who enjoy camping in any season, Pharaoh
Campground (Garden of the Gods), Camp Cadiz, Oak Point Campground (Lake Glendale), and
Pine Hills Campgrounds are open year-round.
For trail enthusiasts, please remember that there is a seasonal wilderness trail restriction
prohibiting stock use between December 1 and March 31 that includes the following: Lusk
Creek, Garden of the Gods and Bay Creek Wildernesses. These restrictions are necessary to
protect wilderness resources.
For the latest information visit the Forest’s website at www.fs.usda.gov/shawnee or on social
media at www.facebook.com/shawneenatlforest or twitter.com/shawneenf.