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303 mi 488 km of trail 11 Featured Runs

Gems 5 Gems Easy Trails 33 Trails Intermediate Trails 29 Trails Hard Trails 3 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

Featured Runs 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

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

(8) Rosiclare, IL
Favorite Just Wow!
Difficult

Shawnee Hills 50K

32.8 mi 52.7 km • Loop • 3,566 ft Ascent 1086.85 m Ascent

(1) Goreville, IL
Favorite Just Wow!
Intermediate

Jackson Falls

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

(5) Carrier…, IL
Favorite Cool rock formations
Intermediate/Difficult

Garden of the Gods - Outer Loop

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

(3) 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

(8) Rosiclare, IL
Favorite The gravel trail heading down to the valley floor.
Intermediate

Rim Rock/Pounds Hollow Out and Back

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

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

High Knob

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

(3) Elizabe…, IL
Favorite NE view of Splooge Lake from SW shoreline
Intermediate/Difficult

East Trigg to Millstone Lake

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

(1) Vienna, IL
Favorite Hawk Cave is quite the sight.
Difficult

Happy Hollow Loop

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

(1) Goreville, 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

Trails in Southern Illinois - 53

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

Photos of Southern Illinois - 143

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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
End of trail near pond and parking lot. Bench for resting or enjoylng the day.
Feb 22, 2019 near Cobden, IL
Another bench after rounding the trail, heading out.
Feb 22, 2019 near Cobden, IL

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