Sentry Bluff Trail

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Sentry Bluff Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ozark, Illinois that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
341 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

camping

hiking

rock climbing

trail running

walking

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

rocky

no dogs

Directions from Harrisburg: take Highway 145 south 9 miles to Delwood. Take Forest Rd. 402 west 4 miles to Forest Road 447. Turn south on Forest Road 447, continue past Teal Pond to Forest Road 848. Turn southwest on Forest Road 848 for 2 miles to the Recreation Area entrance. From Vienna, take Highway 45 north to Ozark. Turn east and follow the directional signs to the recreation area entrance.

hiking
2 months ago

Just did this trail and loved it! It’s not difficult from an elevation perspective but there are a few tricky spots to maneuver. This is different in that there aren’t any “overlook” areas like Garden of the Gods, but there are many beautiful rock formations along the way. Trail is really well marked.....just follow the blue markers.

hiking
3 months ago

The trail is difficult in some spots but for the most part it is easy walking..A few great rock formations and a natural bridge are among the highlights..Trail is marked well until it comes to a sudden. turn ..we got turned around a couple times but no big deal. Definitely worth your time to hike.

hiking
4 months ago

just went here, the forest service has done a lot of upgrades and remarking of trails great place

4 months ago

neat rock formations. definitely wear long pants as the trail has a significant amount of poison ivy along it.

5 months ago

Loads of trash, would be awesome if not for disgusting people.

6 months ago

Several different trails to choose from. Not too difficult. Enjoyable day. Don't go after a good rain, lots of slick spots with steep drop offs.

hiking
6 months ago

will definately go back!

6 months ago

Great off the path hike. Definitely would go back! :)

7 months ago

Beautiful!

hiking
8 months ago

I feel like there were some difficult spots to hike through and the trails were easy to get lost from,but this trail had some awesome spots to stop and look around at the scenery.

9 months ago

This is a pretty difficult and, at times, treacherous hike. The trail was pretty clearly marked except where there were sudden turns. We, like many people, got lost twice. We saw a family making a risky climb up a fallen log to try to get back on the trail. The scenery was ok, but I'm not sure it was worth the risk. Jackson Hole was a MUCH nicer place to visit. I doubt we'll come back here.

9 months ago

Lengthy hike with unclear markings. Lost the trail a few times. Only a few high points. Definitely a trail I'll only hike once.

hiking
10 months ago

Best hike in the park. Natural bridge and the steel ladder was the most fun.

The trail is poorly marked. It became a guessing game if I was actually on the trail.

hiking
10 months ago

There are some cool rock features here. Unfortunately trail markers are terrible and to see the arch and half of the cool stuff you have to ford the river as they haven't seen to build a bridge. The day I went it had rained and the river was up several feet and unfordable.

hiking
10 months ago

Got lost but enjoyed it cause the views were worth it. Natural bridge was fun to get to, since you have to cross the water. I climbed the ladder but didn't explore the top since my dog was anxiously waiting for me. Devil's backbone was easy to find as well following the black trail markers. Oddly enough... the stairs back to the parking lot was the hardest part!

hiking
11 months ago

Loved it. Will be going back to explore the rest of the trails and spend the day.

11 months ago

We will definitely go back here. There is so much to explore! The white trail is hard to follow but it is beautiful. Be prepared to get your feet wet. We crossed 3 or 4 sections we could not jump across.
We will be going back to the Yellow Trail, we didn't do the whole thing so we didn't find the ladder, but everything is beautiful along the way and you will see trees growing through rock formations.

hiking
Sunday, October 30, 2016

This trail has 4 parts/trails to it. We ended up hiking all but 1. All trails are nicely marked except for the White trail. I loved the Devils Back Bone on the white trail and recommend walking to it and just turning right back around to avoid the poorly marked portion of the trail. The yellow trail has the best rock formation with a rock wall ladder that isn't for the faint of heart. Nice trail overall.

hiking
Saturday, October 22, 2016

Absolutely gorgeous hike. However the trails aren't very well marked and easy to lose. We started on the blue trail and had to back track several times. Towards the end the blue trail requires you to cross the river on some rocks but there was nothing telling you that was the way to go and we ended up continuing onto the yellow trail and then the white trail which stops out of nowhere. We got a bit lost for several hours and went in a few big circles before we got back to the rocks in the river and went across which leads you to the huge stone stairs back to the parking lot. Wouldn't have been a big deal if it hadn't gotten dark before we found our way out. Definitely be prepared and bring a flashlight.

hiking
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Beautiful

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