The Best Hiking in Herod

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Top hiking spots in and near Herod

  • Herod, Illinois

    Hike the Garden of the Gods Observation Trail

    4.9
    1 mi
    In the southernmost part of Illinois, Shawnee National Forest is a wonderful natural area that transports you far from the flat agricultural landscape typical of so much of the Midwest. Located in the central area of the forest, Garden of the Gods is a 3,318-acre wilderness area characterized by ...
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  • Herod, Illinois

    Garden of the Gods Observation Trail

    0.49 mi / 59 ft gain
    Garden of the Gods Observation Trail is a loop trail where you can see beautiful wildflowers located near Karbers Ridge, Illinois.
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  • Herod, Illinois

    Garden of the Gods Trail

    2.16 mi / 256 ft gain
    Garden of the Gods Trail is an out-and-back trail where you can see beautiful wildflowers located near Equality, Illinois.
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  • Herod, Illinois

    Indian Point Trail

    2.04 mi / 184 ft gain
    Indian Point Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Harrisburg, Illinois.
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  • Herod, Illinois

    Explore the Arch of the Gods

    0.25 mi / 50 ft gain
    Hundreds of people will drive past this trail and arch on the weekends and never know they just drove past one of the best sights within the Garden of Gods Wilderness of the Shawnee National Forest. It is a few hundred feet off the road on the way to the more popular Garden of the Gods Observatio...
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  • Herod, Illinois

    One Horse Gap

    5.09 mi / 820 ft gain
    One Horse Gap is an out-and-back trail that is moderately difficult located near Herod, Illinois.
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  • Eddyville, Illinois

    Lusk Creek and Secret Canyon Trail

    3.32 mi / 341 ft gain
    Lusk Creek and Secret Canyon Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Herod, Illinois.
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  • Junction, Illinois

    High Knob

    0.56 mi / 108 ft gain
    High Knob is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Junction, Illinois.
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  • Eddyville, Illinois

    Little Bear Branch to Lush Creek Trail

    3.75 mi / 285 ft gain
    Little Bear Branch to Lush Creek Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Herod, Illinois.
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  • Eddyville, Illinois

    Bear Branch Nature Loop

    2.09 mi / 217 ft gain
    Bear Branch Nature Loop is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Eddyville, Illinois.
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  • Junction, Illinois

    Rim Rock Recreational Trail

    1.97 mi / 318 ft gain
    Rim Rock Recreational Trail is a loop trail that is moderately difficult located near Junction, Illinois.
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  • Pope County, Illinois

    Hike to Indian Kitchen

    4.8 mi / 192 ft gain
    Designated a national natural landmark in 1980, Lusk Creek Canyon is the name of a 906-acre canyon located within the Lusk Creek Wilderness Area of the Shawnee National Forest in Pope County, Illinois. The Lusk Creek Canyon Nature Preserve and National Natural Landmark features an outstanding sce...
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  • Junction, Illinois

    Hike Rim Rock National Recreation Trail

    1.7 mi / 360 ft gain
    Rim Rock Trail follows the edge of the bluff top, hence its name, and features vistas of a slot canyon below, a stone fort used by prehistoric Native Americans, a cave used on the Underground Railroad, and diverse wildlife habitats. Located near very popular Garden of the Gods, Rim Rock is someti...
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  • Stonefort, Illinois

    Hike to Burden Falls

    4.0
    0.8 mi
    Located in the Shawnee National Forest near Stonefort, Burden Falls, though perhaps small by other standards, is among the highest in Illinois. There are many side trails to explore, making this a great spot for birders and photographers. The hike is a 0.8 mile moderately rated loop trail. Thoug...
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  • Simpson, Illinois

    Hike to Sand Cave

    1.2 mi / 32 ft gain
    Shawnee National Forest played a crucial role in the Underground Railroad in the mid-19th century. As slaves escaped and headed north, the dense forest and rugged terrain offered natural hiding places. On the route through Pope County, Illinois, freedom seekers often used Sand Cave for shelter an...
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  • Simpson, Illinois

    Sand Cave

    1.2 mi / 148 ft gain
    Sand Cave is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Ozark, Illinois.
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