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  • Makanda, Illinois

    Camp at Little Grassy Lake Campground

    Located within Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge and along one of the most scenic lakes within the Shawnee Hills of Southern Illinois Little Grassy Lake Campground is a awesome place to camp for a night or a whole week. There are 14 full hook up campsites. 54 sites have water and electric acc...
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  • Makanda, Illinois

    Hike the Stonefort Trail

    0.75 mi / 125 ft gain
    The massive stone wall was at one time 285 feet long, six feet high, and nine feet thick. The appearance of a “stone fort” or stone wall here at Giant City is one of at least ten in Southern Illinois.  The trail begins at the parking lot and traverses a intermittent cascade waterfall that is amaz...
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  • Makanda, Illinois

    Trillium Trail

    1.22 mi / 253 ft gain
    The natural area you are now entering is 110 acres of bluffs and forest designated as Fern Rocks Nature Preserve. The reasons this was designated a preserve were to protect not only the sandstone bluffs, but also two endangered plants. The white flowered mint, and the grove bluegrass. many other ...
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  • Eddyville, Kentucky

    Hike Hematite Lake

    4.0
    2.4 mi / 111 ft gain
    The Hematite Trail is a great loop for hikers and trail runners located in the heart of Land Between the Lakes Wilderness. Beginning your hike near the picnic grounds adjacent to the Nature Station, this hike is great year round and is good for all skill levels, including families. From awesome l...
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  • Alto Pass, Illinois

    Drive through the Bald Knob Wilderness

    5.0
    Adjacent to the beautiful Bald Knob Cross monument is one of the most scenic drives in Southern Illinois. The road winds and turns through this rugged and remote wilderness.  Highlights along the way for hikers are the Bald Knob trail loop and the linear Godwin Trail which connects into Clear Spr...
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  • Cadiz, Kentucky

    Kayak Energy Lake

    Before going to the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area I had heard numerous people explain how peaceful and beautiful the area was, and how empty the lake was dependent on the season. These rave reviews called for a road trip and a 5 day stay in August, which fittingly happened in an...
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  • Benton, Kentucky

    Photograph Elk and Bison Prairie at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area

    The Elk and Bison Prairie is a photographers dream within a 700 acre enclosure of native grassland habitat that was common to Kentucky over a century ago. Visitors travel within their enclosed vehicle via a 3.5 mile paved loop road.  About 50 bison and 50 elk call the area home. Entry fee is $5.0...
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  • Carbondale, Illinois

    Fernlands Preserve Trail

    5.0
    0.69 mi / 46 ft gain
    Fernlands Preserve Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Carbondale, Illinois.
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  • Johnston City, Illinois

    Arrowhead Lake Trail

    5.0
    2.12 mi / 105 ft gain
    Arrowhead Lake Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Johnston City, Illinois.
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  • Pomona, Illinois

    Hike to Pomona Natural Bridge

    0.5 mi / 68 ft gain
    The Pomona Natural Bridge located in Pomona Illinois is a great hike for most ages.  Starting on a scenic drive from the small town of Pomona, there is ample parking at the trailhead. The hiking trail is easily identified with its gravel path and sign. The trail begins at the top of a hill then d...
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  • Wolf Lake, Illinois

    Hike to Inspiration Point at LaRue Pine Hills

    0.75 mi / 164 ft gain
    Inspiration Point Trail is a 0.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Wolf Lake, Illinois. The Inspiration Point Trail offers a panoramic view of the Mississippi River valley and the Big Muddy bottomlands and is well worth the climb. The 300-foot drop, seven feet to the left ...
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