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Inspiration Point Trail is a 0.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Wolf Lake, Illinois that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length 0.7 mi Elevation gain 164 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Forest

River

Views

Wildlife

Muddy

Rocky

No dogs

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Getting There

NOTE: After heavy rains Muddy Levee Road and Laure Road can be closed due to flooding. 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. 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.

A gravel parking area is located along Pine Hills Rd. No restroom facilities are available.

Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District 521 North Main Jonesboro, IL 62952 (618) 833-8576 (618) 687-1731 www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/shawnee

From Illinois 3 take the 320 Rd North ( Levee Road) to Larue-Pine Hills Rd, then right onto Pine Hills Rd to the marked trailhead and parking area across from Clear Springs Wilderness.

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Jamie Shultz
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Hiking

First time I went the road to get there was flooded. I finally had a chance to make it on a day the road was open. It’s beautiful trail and with fantastic views

Mercedees Edwards
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HikingRockyScramble

This trail is so fast and has a stunning view! There are two points where you can view the road, which is what I’m assuming you are coming here for. The first point which shows the road going straight out in front of you (most popular photo) is about 4 minutes into the hike on what looks like an off trail to your left. If you go about 4 more minutes, you will have a view that is at an angle to the road. Very shaded hike, besides when you step out to the rocks for a view. It is fairly flat throughout, minus a slightly steep decent to the lookout point. About a 15 min hike round trip if you aren’t including stopping for photos.

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Qasim Alharbi
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HikingBugs

Great

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Holly Vironda
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Awesome trail. Muddy Levee Rd is pretty rough with potholes. The trail is easy to follow, maintained. The views are great. Please be careful up there. Lots of small rocks. easy to slide.

Julie Thibeault
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Hiking

Road is no longer washed out.

Denis Kuzelj
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road leading to it is still washed out. At least a higher riding truck needed.

Anjelica D
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Hiking

Washed out at Larue Road

Austin McAllister
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HikingRocky

The trail is fairly decent all the way to the actual rock bluff. There is a steep decline and lots of loose rocks and washed out areas to the point. Once there, of course there are lots of ledges. I would not suggest bringing small children, or pets. The view from the bluffs is great! Especially at sunset time. It’s worth the short hike, just be prepared for the steep, slippery, and rocky decline to the bluffs, and remember, you have to go back up that incline if you go down it!

Ronda Schlimme
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Hiking

Very short, easy to follow trail. I would not recommend if you are afraid of heights - I’m not, but the area still makes me a little nervous.

John Joyce
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Horseback riding

Slightly neglected but great views for such a short hike.

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Jeff Hawkins
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Hiking

Short but definitely worth the drive out there, especially when you do Snake Road (Larue Ecological Area) also. Not Tennessee, but very cool and unique landscape

Jim Saraceno
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Hiking

A short hike but to get to the best view (Inspiration Point) you have to go down a fairly steep section with loose rock at the edge of a cliff. That said, my wife and I (both pushing 70) made it and went out to the edge of the bluff. It is well worth the effort. I wouldn't bring young children there.

Regina Morris
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HikingOver grownRocky

Several places were over grown, and there were loose rocks on some steap parts, but over all, very nice and relaxing. just take your time and be safe about it. I wouldn't take younger kids. I would go back in a heart beat!

Robin Zimmerman
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Got to the end of the gravel road and found out the road is closed due to flooding.

Melissa Clayton-Voyles
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I didn't want to leave a poor review since we didn't even get to hike it - Larue Rd coming from Muddy Levee Rd is closed due to flood waters and fallen trees. Just wanted to leave a heads up for anyone thinking of going... you might try from the other direction, we just didn't want to make the 40 minute loop around.

Brian McCarty
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This highly scenic trail provides almost constant views of the Big Muddy river and surrounding floodplain from a series of overlooks atop imposing cliffs. Lots of payoff for minimal effort.

Dr Bill Robinson
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No signs from Rt3 keeps this trail less crowded. Small parking lot, but excellent trail. Trees have blocked a lot of the view, so go in the fall or winter to get better views. The is a path that leads to a rock overhang that has great brows year round

Brian Moore
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Hiking

I highly recommend visiting this area at least once in your life. The trail is easy to navigate, but does have a few slight elevation changes. If you are concerned about your own physical ability, at least try this trail for the view. I personally have a endocrine disorder that limits muscle use, but made it in and out with no problems. Lots of places to sit and rest. Vertigo was an issue for me as well when I stepped out onto the rock. Just keep that in mind. I truly dont have a fear of heights, guess the view was just kind of temporarily overwhelming, but so worth it! You wont be disappointed.

Carly Merz
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I realized my vertigo was a real problem when I stepped out onto the cliff face that we call inspiration point. The trail is short and the view is amazing! Though I had to view it laying down on the rocks I go back every year

Seth Bobosh
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Huge reward for minimal effort. Wow! Great spot.

Brandon Streiler
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The view is Amazing!

Liz Marie
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One of my favorite hiking/refresh places for my soul.

Ryan Steinacher
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Hiking

I would not waste my time to go back here. The access roads were terrible. My group actually started to call this trail, disappointment point. It's possible that we somehow missed the great viewing spot that others found, but all we saw was a trail littered with beer cans and a view of the bottom land through a ton of brush. We were clearly standing on the highest point in the area. When you get on Pine Hills road you will quickly come up upon a trail head that is not named Inspiration Point, so this confused us and we moved on up the road. The next trail head was named Inspiration Point. The two trail heads are the same trail, but different names on either end, so if you park at the bottom, you are not at the wrong location. After viewing some gps photos it appears that there is a beaten path from the high point that goes down the bluff slightly and opens up more for a clearer view, but it just looked like random path to us. One would think the best view would be from the sign on the high point, labeling the area as Inspiration Point.

Logan Meriwether
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Time it to catch the sunset over looking the Mississippi River

William Lewis
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Hiking

Properly named trail as it was an amazing view at the top. Being able to see the swamp below and watch the train go by in the far distance and knowing how far that span was gives you perspective. I drove 5.5 hrs from Davenport Iowa to do this hike and photo snake road. Can’t imagine being on snake road during the peak of the migration.

Doug Hall
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Hiking

Great view

Benjie Wiggins
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Fantastic views

Rebecca Franzone
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what a view. spiders not so much. great advice for the stick. it came in handy. whole trail is a beautiful walk top to bottom. if u do not want spiders then go to top entrance just to see the point.

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