Rim Rock Recreational Trail

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Rim Rock Recreational Trail is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Junction, Illinois that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.7 miles 410 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

walking

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

rocky

Rim Rock Trail leads around the rim of a rock escarpment before descending a crevice in the rock cliff to the valley floor while meandering through massive rock formations. A wonderfully scenic trail, Rim Rock National Recreation Trail leads around the rim of a rock escarpment, hence its name. Rim Rock has a long history of drawing people to its forested bluffs for hiking and picnicking. In 1980, it was designated a national recreation trail because of its exceptional scenic beauty and historic values. To early settlers this unique formation was known as 'the Pounds,' an old English term meaning "some sort of enclosure." This is how the valley lying to the east got its name, Pounds Hollow. A 7/8-mile trail leads the hiker around the top rim of the "Pounds," which is a circular 40-acre tract of land isolated from the surrounding terrain by steep sandstone bluffs.

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4 minutes ago

For Illinois this is fantastic, even for other places this hike is still awesome. There are these giant rocks and these stone steps etched into them, but you can climb about them at different angles and there's different ledges. If you walk this trail you'll be satisfied with a good hike!

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15 days ago

Stunning and perfect for the winter... There is no foliage hiding the rock formations

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5 months ago

Nice trail with really pretty scenery and super cool rock formations and caves. Took two kids ages 2 and 4 and they loved it. Perfect length for them.

6 months ago

Very good moderate hike. Cool rock formations, wildlife and vegetation. Can add hike over to Pounds Hollow lake (nice NPS run lake with swimming and fishing) for some added adventure. Doesn't get the visitors of near by Garden of the Gods and it's spectacular views, but Rim Rock offers a superior hike... But it shouldn't be either or, should be both!

6 months ago

Awesome a must see we hiked in after heavy rains flowing water made for some great scenery

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1 year ago

We started up the middle stairway and found the path to be mostly downhill. We ended up getting off the trail and went through FatMan's Squeeze...we fit through that. LOL! There is a lookout point onto a creek before descending the stairs. We even saw some ice that had not melted yet. The stairs can be a bit slippery when wet, so use caution. At the bottom you can find Ox Lot. From there we took another trail to Pounds Hollow (a swimming hole in summer) and there are bathrooms (when open) as well as picnic tables and historical markers. Very adventurous. Lots of vegetation as well as a lot to see. The rock formations are stunning! Make sure to pack water.

1 year ago

A very nice and historical trail with lots of history. Wooden walkways with a section called "fatmans squeeze" which is a path between the wooden walkway and the rock face. You have to be a little thin or you could get stuck (laughing). There is lots of rocks to climb on, most kid friendly. There is traverse trails whith lush vegetation. Rolling hills of easy and moderate hiking. There are a few caves here and there. Some of these trails connect with pounds hollow so not much of a chance getting lost. If you go during a down poor and are not affraid of the rain you'll get the bonus of many mini waterfalls.

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1 year ago

The trail is well worth a visit. Could use a better directional map at the beginning. Not sure I did the correct loop but it was great to explore the rock.