Rim Rock Recreational Trail is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Junction, Illinois that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length1.7 miElevation gain360 ftRoute typeLoop
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Rim Rock Trail leads around the rim of a rock escarpment before descending a crevice in the rock cliff to the valley floor while meandering through massive rock formations. A wonderfully scenic trail, Rim Rock National Recreation Trail leads around the rim of a rock escarpment, hence its name. Rim Rock has a long history of drawing people to its forested bluffs for hiking and picnicking. In 1980, it was designated a national recreation trail because of its exceptional scenic beauty and historic values. To early settlers this unique formation was known as 'the Pounds,' an old English term meaning "some sort of enclosure." This is how the valley lying to the east got its name, Pounds Hollow. A 7/8-mile trail leads the hiker around the top rim of the "Pounds," which is a circular 40-acre tract of land isolated from the surrounding terrain by steep sandstone bluffs.

multi car parking lot that will accomodate RV's. Picnic area, vaulted toilet. For fee camping is located 1 mile away at the national forest Pound Lake recreational area.

Shawnee National Forest Headquarters 50 Hwy 145 South Harrisburg, IL 62946 (618) 253-7114

From Harrisburg,IL follow Highway 34/145 south 6 miles, then continue on Highway 34 south for 9 miles. Turn east onto Karbers Ridge Road, 8.3 miles to the Rim Rock entrance road. From Evansville, IN, take Highway 62 west & continue on IL. State Route 141 to Highway 1. Go south on Highway 1 about 24 miles to Karbers Ridge Road, then west 3 miles to the Rim Rock entrance road.

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John Larkin
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Very established trail for the rim rock portion. It was like walking on a sidewalk through a city park. The beaver trail had a few wet spots, but well worth it.

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Chelsy Vickers
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very cool trail. ended up here almost on accident. we finished the trails we went there for earlier than expected and then found this one near by and were so glad we did! it's a little confusing at first because there's 3 entrances. we choose the middle . it was really interesting, we had 3 children with us and they though the walking down through the "cave" was pretty cool. there's was lots to keep them entertained. we vered off and went down the pounds hollow trail, really pretty water trail. led to a small beach area, would love to take the kids down there again wjen it's warmer. would have been the perfect ending to a long day hiking for them to take a dip in the lake.

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Kenneth Golden
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Asia Pupa
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Such a cool hike. Wear waterproof boots because it does get a little muddy.

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Mary jo McCurdy, MBA
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Gorgeous!! Diverse!

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Mason Kendall
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Patty Gann
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Loved it. The climbing was a great workout and the rocks and view are beautiful

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Morgan Webb
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I could not recommend this trail more, I did it for the first time yesterday and I will do it again. I do have a few tips! There are 3 trail entrances, go with the left entrance. After you go down the stairs to the explore the rim rock, you have two options - go back up the stairs and continue on the trail above the rock. This will take you back to the entrance and you will then need to start the trail over with the right entrance, it’s basically split into two sections if you choose this path. The OTHER options is a bit more hidden, but MUCH recommended. When you are down at rim rock, make a right and you’ll find some stone stairs tucked away. Follow those down to get to the second part of the trail. Last but not least, when you get to Ox Rock, you have the option to continue on the Rim Rock Trail or branch out to Pounds Hollow, which I recommend just taking an extra 30 minutes or so to hike. This is a two way and not very long but pretty water views, and will bring you right back to the signage. Then continue the rest of the trail! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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Meghan D.
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Sarah Cooley
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Jason Szafranski
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Julie Ann
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Angela Stacey
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Rim Rock is one of my favorite places to hike in the area. Go several times a year.

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Jennifer Luer
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Beautiful day. Little muddy but still amazing. Water is flowing and icicles have started forming. Totally worth the exploring.

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John Sierakowski
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Nice Hike with the family. Went to Pounds Hollow Pond and saw swimming hole. Don’t know if we found Fat Man Squeeze or not? Good hike.

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Angie Wilson
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Easy trail, well paved, all except the one side which was only a little muddy. Fun rock walls to walk through. Lots of steps.

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Daniel Gonzalez
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Solid trail. I would just do the full loop rather than going through the middle twice.

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Nick Moran
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Jim Shaw
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Awesome Hidden Treasure

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Maggie Gravier
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An amazing place! The first time I did this loop it was snowing! Highly recommend

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YURII SMOVSKYI
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Monica W
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my 7 year old gave this trail a 4, my 10 year old gave it 5. I'm siding with the older kid. the trail wasn't terribly long, and the features (a cave, a creek, a squeeze in a creepy kind of scary but not too scary passageway made this trail one to remember. we went down the middle, then went down the stairs, then back up the stairs and continued to the left side of the trail back to the parking lot. when you are at the cave lay down on the big Rock, and watch water droplets fall in what looks like slow motion.

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Mark Langston
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Really nice views and fun rock formations.

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Connor Griffin
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Very clean trails. You can see everything from the outer circle, but the middle path makes for a nice, leisurely walk

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Shelley Criss
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beautiful area, did upper and lower loops

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Shannon Harrison
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One of my favorites! Beautiful!

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Jodi Tripp
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Really enjoyed this trail! Very neat rock formations to meanuver through. Nice marked trail

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Cindy Monroe
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Wonderful

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