Inspiration Point Trail - Shawnee National Forest

MODERATE 13 reviews

Inspiration Point Trail - Shawnee National Forest is a 0.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Wolf Lake, IL that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

0.8 miles Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

forest

views

wildlife

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The Inspiration Point Trail offers a panoramic view of the Mississippi River valley and the Big Muddy bottomlands and is well worth the climb. Wildlife is abundant with bird watching at a premium. The panoramic view of the Mississippi River valley and the Big Muddy bottomlands are well worth the climb. Wildlife is abundant with bird watching at a premium. For safety, carrying a map, compass and plenty of water is recommended. Be aware of hunters during hunting season. Also, be aware of the dangerous cliffs. Poisonous snakes and poison ivy are present in the area. The trail tread may become slick when wet.

5 days ago

Short, easy trail. It's quite a drive but it's definitely worth it for the view.

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hiking
7 months ago

One of my favorite spots in my home state.
The hike was short and simple and offered great views of Southern Illinois wetlands that you just can't experience anywhere else.
On the way out there were blackberry bushes that made for a great snack on the way out.

hiking
8 months ago

Awesome view!

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful scenery.

hiking
9 months ago

The view is great! The climb to get to it is super easy! Overall, great experience.

hiking
1 year ago

Awesome view!

1 year ago

canoeing
1 year ago

1 year ago

been here a lot, nice short hike but slippery talus slope to the point, just past the 2x4 handrail. Rangers probably prefer you do not find it as it could be dangerous. Second best view in Illinois. Nice animals, garter snake and vultures, go in the winter for no ticks. We hauled out a few trash items and left it very clean. Suggest that you save the flip-flops for your cool pool party as the trail has no doubt caught a few people by surprise, easy walk with difficult slope to point.

hiking
2 years ago

Inspiration Point is a good hike that offers a panoramic view of the Mississippi River Valley just west of the Clear Springs & Bald Know Wilderness areas. We made a 1.5 mile out and back instead of the .75 trail that goes thru an impressive forest comprised of poplar, white oak, maple, and hickory trees. Be aware of windy conditions atop the bluffs. There is a narrow ( and dangerous) path to a very large rock overlooking the bluffs.