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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

Recommended Routes in Southern Illinois - 11

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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 516' Up 157.15 m Up 654' Down 199.24 m Down

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

Indian Point Loop Trail

1.8 mi 2.9 km 158' Up 48.1 m Up 158' Down 48.29 m Down

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 418' Up 127.42 m Up 423' Down 128.93 m Down

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 410' Up 125.04 m Up 411' Down 125.21 m Down

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 347' Up 105.87 m Up 346' Down 105.6 m Down

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

High Knob

0.8 mi 1.2 km 116' Up 35.46 m Up 118' Down 36.09 m Down

Elizabe…, IL
Favorite A natural bridge with a stone backdrop.
Intermediate/Difficult

Happy Hollow Loop

6.7 mi 10.7 km 504' Up 153.57 m Up 504' Down 153.56 m Down

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

East Trigg to Millstone Lake

5.2 mi 8.4 km 499' Up 152.05 m Up 497' Down 151.45 m Down

Vienna, IL
Favorite Stamina!
Intermediate

Indian Kitchen Loop

4.8 mi 7.8 km 359' Up 109.35 m Up 362' Down 110.35 m Down

Golconda, IL
Favorite No Photos
Difficult

Little Cedar Lake

5.9 mi 9.5 km 582' Up 177.46 m Up 578' Down 176.11 m Down

Cobden, IL
Favorite Ducks seen through binoculars with sinister looking crosshairs.
Easy

Dresser Island Levee Trail

5.7 mi 9.1 km 142' Up 43.14 m Up 140' Down 42.74 m Down

Alton, IL

Southern Illinois Hiking

  • 396 Miles 638 Kilometers of Trail
  • 12 Recommended Routes
  • 5 Gems Gems
  • 26 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 44 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 7 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Southern Illinois - 64

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3.0 mi 4.9 km #1Little Grand Canyon Loop
Intermediate/Difficult
Murphysboro, IL
Intermediate/Difficult
Murphysboro, IL 17 
0.5 mi 0.8 km #2Observation Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Rosiclare, IL
Easy/Intermediate
Rosiclare, IL 15 
1.3 mi 2.1 km #3Trillium Trail
Difficult
Carbondale, IL
Difficult
Carbondale, IL
1.9 mi 3.0 km #4Salt Lick Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Valmeyer, IL
Intermediate/Difficult
Valmeyer, IL
0.7 mi 1.1 km #5Indian Creek Trail
Difficult
Cobden, IL
Difficult
Cobden, IL
2.6 mi 4.2 km #6Kaskaskian Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Carlyle, IL
Easy/Intermediate
Carlyle, IL
1.5 mi 2.4 km #7Nature Trail
Easy
Oakville, MO
Easy
Oakville, MO
1.2 mi 1.9 km #8McKinley Bridge Bikeway and Branch Street Trestle
Easy
Venice, IL
Easy
Venice, IL
0.5 mi 0.9 km #9Confluence Point Trail
Easy
Hartford, IL
Easy
Hartford, IL
161.0 mi 259.0 km #10River to River Trail
Intermediate
Elizabethtown, IL
Intermediate
Elizabethtown, IL

Photos of Southern Illinois - 168

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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
Some of the bizarre, organic shapes carved into the sandstone of the cliffs lining the riverbanks.
Oct 10, 2016 near Murphys…, IL
Dinner and a view at Buzzard Point.
Oct 10, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL