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Horseback riders, bikers, and hikers all use and share the River-to-River Trail that crosses Southern Illinois from east to west. It starts at Battery Rock on the Ohio River and ends at Tower Roock on the Mississippi River. This 175-mile trail offers visitors the most scenic natural areas in Illinois...no, in the Midwest!.
The Shawnee National Forest covers most of the east-west portions, passing near the spectacular Garden of the Gods Recreation and Wilderness Area, Panther Den Wilderness Area, Lusk Creek Canyon National Scenic Area, Ferne Clyffe State Park, and Giant City State Park. I feel lucky that I lived in and went to school in Southern Illinois because most people who live in Chicago area don't even know about this incredible area.
On this trail, you see blufftop vistas, open plains, wetland bayous, deep forest, & rocky streams. Some of the trail is on roadways, but some also enters remote wilderness areas.
The length of The River-to-River Trail prevents most people from traveling the entire trail; thus, sections have been created and maintained and maps and information is available. It would take an average hiker 14 or more days to complete, so I suggest a portion at a time.
The River-to-River Trail is the Illinois section of the American Discovery Trail that extends coast to coast and connects six national scenic trails, ten national historic trails, twenty-three national recreational trails, and hundreds of local and regional trails. It also connects 14 national parks and 16 national forests.
Hikers really need to take with them:
Since the River-toRiver Trail Society maintains the trails, you can get from them a big guide for $23.00. (River-to-River Trail Society, 1142 Winkleman Road, Harrisburg, ILa 62946.)
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