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311 mi 501 km of trail 11 Recommended Routes

Gems 5 Gems Easy Trails 18 Trails Intermediate Trails 43 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 A rare ice climbing adventure in Southern Illinois.

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 The water-eroded underside of one of the sandstone bluffs juts out over the riverbed trail.
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 It's good to see things like this when you make friends with copperheads.
Difficult

Shawnee Hills 50K

32.8 mi 52.7 km 3,566' Up 1086.85 m Up 3,550' Down 1081.97 m Down

Goreville, IL
Favorite Cool rock formations
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 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 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 Hawk Cave is quite the sight.
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 A rare ice climbing adventure in Southern Illinois.
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

Trails in Southern Illinois - 60

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

Photos of Southern Illinois - 158

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Some of the bizarre, organic shapes carved into the sandstone of the cliffs lining the riverbanks.
Oct 10, 2016 near Murphys…, IL
Looking south over Karber's Ridge.
Oct 24, 2017 near Rosiclare, IL
Bluff overlook along Salt Lick Point.
May 3, 2017 near Valmeyer, IL
The water-eroded underside of one of the sandstone bluffs juts out over the riverbed trail.
Oct 10, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL
A rare ice climbing adventure in Southern Illinois.
Feb 18, 2018 near Golconda, IL
The quiet, forested ridgeline leading away from the Parking lot.
Oct 10, 2016 near Murphys…, IL
It's good to see things like this when you make friends with copperheads.
Mar 12, 2020 near Carrier…, IL
Here's the falls!
Mar 12, 2020 near Carrier…, IL