About Me

Hey! I’m Jen! I am from Southwestern Illinois. I love being outside.

You can find me volunteering my free time to outdoor causes, cleaning up state parks, trail building with the Ozark Trail Association when I can, hiking, camping, backpacking, roadtripping, obsessing over related gear, enjoying ALL kinds of music, writing, traveling often, making and eating good food, and overall; loving and spending as much time as possible with my family and my dogs.

You’ll see mentioned frequently, my best friend/husband Brian (aka: B or his trailname Turkey!)

I come here to Jenny the Trailhead a few times a month to organize pictures, thoughts, stories and future plans; be it a day hike, a weekend trip to a state park, or preparing for our next Appalachian Trail section. I also enjoy reviewing and highlighting local Missouri and Illinois trails.

I am on board at Epic Social as of 2018 as a Board Member, Epic Social Adventurer and senior site contributor! I’ll keep you in the loop with blog posts and events that I will be part of with Epic Social!

Jenny the Trailhead X Honey Stinger Hive Program. (Jan. 2018 – Present)

In May 2018 I participated in #LHX2018, an adventure that gives back to Gear Forward, an outdoor based non-profit I work part-time for as a Development Coordinator.

In February 2019 my passion project was born – the Illinois Park Project. After an unexpected end after two years leading some amazing adventures with Mountain Chicks, I wanted to lead something proactive and incredible. Something genuine!

On St. Patrick’s Day 2018, we came home with Rennie – our 2018 A-Liner Ranger 12 camper! In July 2018, we towed her cross country to California for 2 and a half weeks! (#ramblinrennie) In July 2019 we have another adventure in store. 10+ days on the road to South Dakota and Wyoming.

Thanks for following along. See you out there!


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