Charles Mound - Illinois Highpoint

EASY 6 reviews

Charles Mound - Illinois Highpoint is a 2.4 mile out and back trail located near Scales Mound, Illinois that offers scenic views. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking and walking.

2.4 miles
255 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly




private property

no dogs

Charles Mound is the highest natural point in Illinois at 1,235 feet above sea level. Please note that it is located on private property. Public access is limited to the first weekend of June, July, August, and September.

9 days ago

Wide dirt road trail on private land. The owners allow access on the first weekend of June to Sept. Easy trail with gradual elevation plus beautiful views of rolling hills and farmland. There’s a geological marker at the top as well as a sign for the highest point put up by the owners. There’s also a register so you can sign their log book. Great for families and high pointers. The day we went, there was a Boy Scout troop.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Well my wife and my son did this. happened to score 3 high points in about 16 hours. We managed to push my son in his stroller the whole distance although the road was not good for it at all. This trail is only open the first weekend of May-September since it is on private property. There is a couple of lawn chairs we got to enjoy taking in the view, but other than that there isn't a whole lot of anything up here to see at all.

Friday, January 01, 2016

The trailhead is abit hard to find and this is officially open only certain days of the year. It is an easy hike and be careful too stay on the trail, as it is all private land around the trial

11 months ago

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Monday, June 05, 2017