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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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 19.8 mi Elevation gain 2,677 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash


Bird watching

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Getting There

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.

This trail is about 29 miles from Cape Girardeau, MO (about a 50 minute drive) halfway between Ware, IL and Jonesboro, IL. From Ware, you drive 4.1 miles east on IL-146. Then turn right onto Berryville Rd. Travel 1.2 miles and then turn right on Water Plant Lane. You will pass the Water Plant and stay on this road for 1.9 miles. It terminates in a small gravel loop that serves as the parking area.

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Jamie white
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HikingBlowdownBugsOff trailOver grownWashed out

This place gets worse each year no one takes care of this place at all

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Alan Kridelbaugh
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First to Review

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.

Jamie white
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