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Jonesboro, Illinois Map
Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Great place to camp!

The fire trails at this state forest provide many options for short or longer hikes (loop, out and back, point-to-point). The fire trails are wider forest roads with some connecting trails. The connecting trails typically drop down into the hollows and then climb back up to the ridge top to connect with the fire trails. So you can hike 1/2 mile or plot a 12+ mile route. The forest is awesome (yea I know overused) with old growth (huge trees). I hiked in August, so the views were not that spectacular but the that will change in the fall and winter. I hiked north on FT 31 (also referred to as north main) and then onto the Lost trail which looped back to hickory hill trail and then to red shale hill trail. Red shale dropped into the creek valley (down about 300 ft). The trail along the creek was over grown (which is typical in this area during the summer) but well marked with trail signs so you could follow it. I did miss a connecting trail to the hickory hill trail and looped back to the top of red shale (no problem). I put a link in the trail information to the park map. The fire lanes are clearly marked (at least they were on north main). I will hike the south portion of the main FT in the future and provide a track. I estimate that will be another 6 mile loop. So if you combined both loops, you could do 12 miles. Be sure and bring all of your water. I did not see any water sources at the park facilities. The bottom drainage of the hollows may or may not have water depending on the amount of rain.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

This trail is a forest service dirt road. It can be out and back, to point to point. You could also make it a loop with a short cross country hike out of the hollow and back up to the ridge trail. It is a hike in the forest with no unique features. The view would be better in the fall/winter. The trail is not overgrown (except in a few locations). It does have a couple of step washed out portions of the trail as the trail descends into the hollows. Ticks and mosquitoes were not a problem (I fact I did not need to use insect repellent.

10 months ago

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Saturday, October 10, 2015