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Gems in Southern Illinois - 5

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gem Favorite A rare ice climbing adventure in Southern Illinois.

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 The water-eroded underside of one of the sandstone bluffs juts out over the riverbed trail.
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 Millstone Lake-R2R junction trail sign.
Difficult 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
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 A rare ice climbing adventure in Southern Illinois.
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 Running

  • 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
161.0 mi 259.1 km #10River to River Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Elizabethtown, IL
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Elizabethtown, IL

Photos of Southern Illinois - 196

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The water-eroded underside of one of the sandstone bluffs juts out over the riverbed trail.
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 quiet, forested ridgeline leading away from the Parking lot.
Oct 10, 2016 near Murphys…, IL
Bluff overlook along Salt Lick Point.
May 3, 2017 near Valmeyer, IL
Looking south over Karber's Ridge.
Oct 24, 2017 near Rosiclare, IL
A rare ice climbing adventure in Southern Illinois.
Feb 18, 2018 near Golconda, IL
Millstone Lake-R2R junction trail sign.
Dec 22, 2021 near Carrier…, IL
Schneck Trail
Oct 4, 2023 near Mount C…, IL
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