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Gems in Southern Illinois - 5

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gem Favorite Stamina!

Indian Kitchen

(3) Golconda, IL
gem Favorite View of Burden Falls looking into breakdown.

Burden Falls

(3) Carrier…, IL
gem Favorite Taking a break in Saltpeter Cave.

Saltpeter Cave

(3) 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 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
Explore in 3D
Favorite Looking south over Karber's Ridge.
Intermediate 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
Explore in 3D
Favorite It's good to see things like this when you make friends with copperheads.
Difficult Difficult

Jackson Falls

4.5 mi 7.2 km 410' Up 125.04 m Up 411' Down 125.21 m Down

Carrier…, IL
Explore in 3D
Favorite Below GotG looking South
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/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
Explore in 3D
Favorite The gravel trail heading down to the valley floor.
Intermediate/Difficult 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
Explore in 3D
Favorite A natural bridge with a stone backdrop.
Intermediate/Difficult 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
Explore in 3D
Favorite Old stairs looking back
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

High Knob

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

Elizabe…, IL
Explore in 3D
Favorite NE view of Splooge Lake from SW shoreline
Difficult 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
Explore in 3D
Favorite Stamina!
Intermediate Intermediate

Indian Kitchen Loop

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

Golconda, IL
Explore in 3D
Favorite No Photos
Difficult Difficult

Little Cedar Lake

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

Cobden, IL
Explore in 3D

Southern Illinois Hiking

  • 311 Miles 501 Kilometers of Trail
  • 11 Recommended Routes
  • 5 Gems Gems
  • 17 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 60 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 13 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Southern Illinois - 79

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3.0 mi 4.9 km #1Little Grand Canyon Loop
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Murphysboro, IL
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Murphysboro, IL 19 
1.3 mi 2.1 km #2Trillium Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Carbondale, IL
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Carbondale, IL
0.5 mi 0.8 km #3Observation Trail
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Rosiclare, IL
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Rosiclare, IL 17 
2.6 mi 4.2 km #4Kaskaskian Trail
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Carlyle, IL
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Carlyle, IL
1.2 mi 1.9 km #5McKinley Bridge Bikeway and Branch Street Trestle
Easy Easy
Venice, IL
Easy Easy
Venice, IL
0.7 mi 1.1 km #6Indian Creek Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Cobden, IL
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Cobden, IL
0.4 mi 0.6 km #7Big Rocky Hollow Trail
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Goreville, IL
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Goreville, IL
3.3 mi 5.3 km #8Trail #049
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Carrier Mills, IL
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Carrier Mills, IL
1.3 mi 2.0 km #9Giant City Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Cobden, IL
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Cobden, IL
1.0 mi 1.6 km #10Round Bluff Nature Preserve Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Goreville, IL
Intermediate Intermediate
Goreville, IL

Photos of Southern Illinois - 196

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Viewpoint and suitable backpacking campsite off the River to River trail. (Very close to trail, unfortunately).
Oct 10, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL
Cooking dinner and taking in the view at sunset at Buzzard Point.
Oct 10, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL
Dinner and a view 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
Looking out into the Garden of the Gods wilderness area.
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
Some of the bizarre, organic shapes carved into the sandstone of the cliffs lining the riverbanks.
Oct 10, 2016 near Murphys…, IL
The slick scramble down from the ridge into the canyon.
Oct 10, 2016 near Murphys…, IL

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