Atwood Ridge and Hamburg Hill

MODERATE 1 reviews
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Atwood Ridge and Hamburg Hill is a 19.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Jonesboro, Illinois and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
19.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3320 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

The first 1/2 mile is on Atwood Ridge until you come to a fork in the trail. If you go right, you hike about 1/2 mile and the trail starts to drop off the ridge. If you go left, the trail drops off the ridge into the hollow, parallels the hollow for a short distance and then climbs up the opposite ridge. There is another trail in that heads down the trail (north) but it apparently ends at private property. You could hike this trail until you were parallel with the loop parking area and then strike out west, climb the ridge and return to the parking lot.

hiking
Saturday, August 17, 2013

This trail is a forest service dirt road. It can be out and back, to point to point. You could also make it a loop with a short cross country hike out of the hollow and back up to the ridge trail. It is a hike in the forest with no unique features. The view would be better in the fall/winter. The trail is not overgrown (except in a few locations). It does have a couple of step washed out portions of the trail as the trail descends into the hollows. Ticks and mosquitoes were not a problem (I fact I did not need to use insect repellent.