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308 mi 495 km of trail 11 Hikes

Gems 5 Gems Easy Trails 17 Trails Intermediate Trails 41 Trails Hard Trails 11 Trails
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Gems in Southern Illinois - 5

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gem Favorite View of Burden Falls looking into breakdown.

Burden Falls

(3) Carrier…, IL
gem Favorite Stamina!

Indian Kitchen

(2) Golconda, IL
gem Favorite Taking a break in Saltpeter Cave.

Saltpeter Cave

(2) Harrisburg, IL
gem Favorite Just a walk through Lusk Wilderness

Secret Canyon

(2) Harrisburg, IL
gem Favorite Natural Bridge

Natural Bridge

(2) Harrisburg, IL

Hikes in Southern Illinois - 10

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Favorite Viewpoint and suitable backpacking campsite off the River to River trail. (Very close to trail, unfortunately).
Intermediate/Difficult

River To River Trail: Garden of the Gods Wilderness Section

5.4 mi 8.7 km • Point to Point • 516 ft Ascent 157.15 m Ascent

(10) Rosiclare, IL
Favorite A natural archway over the portion of the trail approaching the Garden of the Gods Observation loop.
Difficult

Garden of the Gods - Outer Loop

3.4 mi 5.4 km • Loop • 418 ft Ascent 127.42 m Ascent

(4) Rosiclare, IL
Favorite Looking south over Karber's Ridge.
Intermediate

Indian Point Loop Trail

1.8 mi 2.9 km • Loop • 158 ft Ascent 48.1 m Ascent

(11) Rosiclare, IL
Favorite It's good to see things like this when you make friends with copperheads.
Difficult

Jackson Falls

4.5 mi 7.2 km • Loop • 410 ft Ascent 125.04 m Ascent

(9) Carrier…, IL
Favorite The gravel trail heading down to the valley floor.
Intermediate/Difficult

Rim Rock/Pounds Hollow Out and Back

2.7 mi 4.4 km • Loop • 347 ft Ascent 105.87 m Ascent

(3) Elizabe…, IL
Favorite This trail walks right along the base of these bluffs
Intermediate/Difficult

High Knob

0.8 mi 1.2 km • Out and Back • 116 ft Ascent 35.46 m Ascent

(3) Elizabe…, IL
Favorite Hawk Cave is quite the sight.
Intermediate/Difficult

Happy Hollow Loop

6.7 mi 10.7 km • Point to Point • 504 ft Ascent 153.57 m Ascent

(2) Goreville, IL
Favorite NE view of Splooge Lake from SW shoreline
Difficult

East Trigg to Millstone Lake

5.2 mi 8.4 km • Loop • 499 ft Ascent 152.05 m Ascent

(1) Vienna, IL
Favorite A rare ice climbing adventure in Southern Illinois.
Intermediate

Indian Kitchen Loop

4.8 mi 7.8 km • Loop • 359 ft Ascent 109.35 m Ascent

(2) Golconda, IL
Favorite No Photos
Difficult

Little Cedar Lake

5.9 mi 9.5 km • Loop • 582 ft Ascent 177.46 m Ascent

(1) Cobden, IL

Trails in Southern Illinois - 57

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1.9 mi 3.0 km #1Salt Lick Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Valmeyer, IL
Intermediate/Difficult
1.9 mi 3.0 km Valmeyer, IL
1.3 mi 2.1 km #2Trillium Trail
Difficult
Carbondale, IL
Difficult
1.3 mi 2.1 km Carbondale, IL
3.0 mi 4.9 km #3Little Grand Canyon Loop
Intermediate/Difficult
Murphysboro, IL
Intermediate/Difficult
3.0 mi 4.9 km Murphysboro, IL 13 
14.0 mi 22.5 km #4Mississippi River Greenway: North Riverfront Trail
Intermediate
St. Louis, MO
Intermediate
14.0 mi 22.5 km St. Louis, MO
0.7 mi 1.1 km #5Indian Creek Trail
Difficult
Cobden, IL
Difficult
0.7 mi 1.1 km Cobden, IL
0.5 mi 0.8 km #6Observation Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Rosiclare, IL
Easy/Intermediate
0.5 mi 0.8 km Rosiclare, IL 13 
1.5 mi 2.4 km #7Nature Trail
Easy
Oakville, MO
Easy
1.5 mi 2.4 km Oakville, MO
1.2 mi 1.9 km #8McKinley Bridge Bikeway and Branch Street Trestle
Easy
Venice, IL
Easy
1.2 mi 1.9 km Venice, IL
0.5 mi 0.9 km #9Confluence Point Trail
Easy
Hartford, IL
Easy
0.5 mi 0.9 km Hartford, IL
4.7 mi 7.6 km #10Mississippi River Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Oakville, MO
Easy/Intermediate
4.7 mi 7.6 km Oakville, MO
3.3 mi 5.3 km #11Trail #049
Intermediate/Difficult
Carrier Mills, IL
Intermediate/Difficult
3.3 mi 5.3 km Carrier Mills, IL
161.0 mi 259.0 km #12River to River Trail
Intermediate
Elizabethtown, IL
Intermediate
161.0 mi 259.0 km Elizabethtown, IL
0.4 mi 0.6 km #13Big Rocky Hollow Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Goreville, IL
Easy/Intermediate
0.4 mi 0.6 km Goreville, IL
1.8 mi 2.9 km #14Trail #481
Intermediate
Carrier Mills, IL
Intermediate
1.8 mi 2.9 km Carrier Mills, IL
0.5 mi 0.9 km #15Hawk's Cave Trail
Intermediate
Goreville, IL
Intermediate
0.5 mi 0.9 km Goreville, IL
2.0 mi 3.3 km #16Bear Branch Creek Trail #405
Intermediate
Golconda, IL
Intermediate
2.0 mi 3.3 km Golconda, IL
5.8 mi 9.4 km #17Trail #457
Difficult
Harrisburg, IL
Difficult
5.8 mi 9.4 km Harrisburg, IL
3.1 mi 5.0 km #18Bald Knob Cross Trail
Difficult
Cobden, IL
Difficult
3.1 mi 5.0 km Cobden, IL
2.8 mi 4.5 km #19Fern Hollow Trail
Intermediate
Winfield, MO
Intermediate
2.8 mi 4.5 km Winfield, MO
0.3 mi 0.4 km #20Pomona Natural Bridge Trail
Difficult
Murphysboro, IL
Difficult
0.3 mi 0.4 km Murphysboro, IL

Photos of Southern Illinois - 148

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Cooking dinner and taking in the view at sunset at Buzzard Point.
Oct 10, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL
Natural arch along river to river trail just below the Pharaoh Campground.
Oct 10, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL
Viewpoint and suitable backpacking campsite off the River to River trail. (Very close to trail, unfortunately).
Oct 10, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL
Another one of the vista points off the Garden of the Gods observation trail looking out on what was once an inland sea.
Oct 10, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL
Looking out into the Garden of the Gods wilderness area.
Oct 10, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL
The slick scramble down from the ridge into the canyon.
Oct 10, 2016 near Murphys…, IL
Dinner and a view at Buzzard Point.
Oct 10, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL
A bit of a scramble up the old, worn sandstone up from the floodplain.
Oct 10, 2016 near Murphys…, IL