The Shire retreat is surrounded by the Solana State Forest. This area has about 75 miles of wooded trails that wind over rolling hills and swampy sections. Slightly over half of the area within the forest is wetland. Timber harvesting, reforestation, and wildlife habitat improvement occur throughout this forest. There are no campgrounds within the forest, however dispersed camping is allowed provided state forest rules are followed. The White Pine forest road is the main connector between the trails located east and west of State Highway 65.
Treat yourself to a visit to Banning State Park, southeast of the Shire resort, just minutes off I-35 near Sandstone. In the spring, watch daring canoeists and kayakers shoot the turbulent rapids at Blueberry Slide, Mother's Delight, Dragon's Tooth and Hell's Gate. In the summer, hike along the Kettle River amid dramatic sandstone rock formations with lush lichens, liverworts and mosses. Visit Wolf Creek Falls, the Log Creek Arches and Robinson's Ice Cave. Stay at the new camper cabin (sleeps five people), which includes bunk beds, a table and benches. Take in the historic ruins of Banning Sandstone Quarry. The park is known for camping, picnicking, cross-country skiing, beautiful trails for hiking and the study of natural history.