Pomona Natural Bridge Trail

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Shawnee National Forest

Pomona Natural Bridge Trail is a 0.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pomona, Illinois that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 0.3 miles Elevation Gain: 65 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

From Rt. 127 take Pomona Rd. west 1 mile to 3-way stop. Turn right and continue to the Y in the road and veer right onto Natural Bridge Rd. Follow 1.5 miles to parking lot at the end of the road.

running
19 days ago

Short and sweet with beautiful scenery

I walked the old road near Pomona natural bridge . Nice and easy . Took a left at the fork and ended up at a washed out section where I couldn’t keep going.

hiking
1 month ago

Short, beautiful. Perfect for a family. Took three children 6-12, and they all had a great time.

hiking
1 month ago

Quick trail but beautiful sights!

hiking
2 months ago

Just getting into hiking this year as I'm new to the area. Starting out with the easier trails and working into the harder ones

hiking
6 months ago

Super quick hike. Trailhead info says it takes 30-45 minutes. Took us 9 minutes and we stopped to take pictures. Nice views

hiking
7 months ago

11/01/19 5:45PM, 42F Easy walk, no issues with trail

hiking
7 months ago

Quick. Easy to get to. Must see!

hiking
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rocky
9 months ago

The natural bridge is amazing but that’s all there is to see. Picnic table and parking. No restrooms. If you are in the area the bridge is worth a short side trek.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful. Short.

hiking
Sun Mar 31 2019

Cool rock bridge especially for the short walk!

hiking
Tue Mar 19 2019

Very well maintained trail. Beautiful scenery. Streams, rocks, natural bridge!

hiking
Sun Mar 17 2019

Easy access natural bridge that is a decent one. it doesn't hold up to some of the ones in Red River Gorge or Big South Fork, but for Southern Illinois it is definitely a nice attraction. The easiness of the trail to get to it is an added bonus, if you have young kids. Do watch them closely if crossing the top of the bridge. The trail does loop around the top.

Wed Nov 21 2018

Very short hike but awesome rock formations. Great for photo ops.

Wed Oct 31 2018

such cool rock formations on this trail! definitely recommend if you haven't seen it before!

Sun Oct 21 2018

The natural bridge is nice for photos. It is really very scenic. There is not much of a hike, but you can explore under the bridge.

Thu Aug 23 2018

kids loved this natural wonder. watch for yellow jackets but otherwise a great time.

Sun May 06 2018

Good little morning hike, very short but worth it to see the rock formations.

hiking
Mon Apr 16 2018

It sure doesn't feel like 0.3 miles. It feels like 0.1. This would be a great place to go hang out and have lunch. It's more of an exploration area than a hike. The area is amazing. I recommend taking the left trail at the split. You will see the bridge in no time and it looks impressive from this angle.

Wed Apr 11 2018

The trail is very short so it's nice to go and let the kids explore and play at their own pace. The bridge is very cool, my kids enjoyed playing in the creek.

Fri Mar 02 2018

Short and sweet. Beautiful formation

Sat Sep 02 2017

beautiful

Sun Aug 27 2017

short but beautiful. take the time to look below too. great photo opts down there!

Sun Aug 06 2017

Short hike but its pretty neat!

hiking
Sat Aug 05 2017

Nice little leg stretcher. Short, easy walk to great natural bridge.

Tue Jul 11 2017

A very easy trail that anybody can do. The bridge is awesome too.

Tue Jun 27 2017

Not really a trail. More a short walk. The natural bridge is pretty cool and worth a visit

Mon Jun 12 2017

Short but scenic and well worth it

Wed Apr 19 2017

Easy hike for kids. Beautiful rock formation:

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