River-to River Trail Society Announces Fall Hiking Schedule |
The River-to-River Trail Society is offering a series of guided hikes this fall in and near the Shawnee National Forest.
All hikes are free and open to the public. Although the hikes vary in difficulty, all are aimed at healthy people who have already hiked. Trekking poles and boots or sturdy shoes are highly recommended. All hikers must bring their own water and a snack. No dogs, please.
To protect the health of leaders and hikers, all hikes will be either loop or round trip so as not to require public transport. All hikers will be responsible for getting to the trailhead and all will be required to sign a liability waiver.
Whenever possible, social distancing is expected and, where appropriate, masks are recommended. All other conditions required by decree of the governor or recommendations of the CDC must be met.
The company’s second hike will take place on Saturday, October 16 in the Win Towers area of Gallatin and Hardin counties. The president of the company, Bill Gilmour, will be the leader. Hikers should meet at 10 a.m. at the Knights of the Golden Circle parking lot, east of Forest Road, three-quarters of a mile north of the entrance to the Garden of the Gods. Forest Road is closed north of the parking lot, so hikers should approach from the south.
For the third hike on Saturday, October 23, Chris Drone will lead a hike at Ferne Clyffe State Park in Johnson County. Hikers should meet at 10 a.m. at the parking lot near the main waterfall trailhead.
The fourth hike will take place on Saturday, October 30 at Dutchman Lake in Johnson County. Bill Gilmour will lead. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Dutchman lake parking lot.
On Saturday, November 6, Fred Scott will lead the company’s fifth hike in the High Knob area of County Gallatin on Trails 153, 180, 180C and 185, as well as part of the River-to-River Trail. Hikers are to meet at 10 am in the parking lot at the top of High Knob; drive slowly through the horse campsite.
On Saturday, November 13, Mart Watson will lead a hike in Pope County, west of Jackson Hollow and Cove Hollow, an area known to climbers as “the Promised Land”. Hikers are to meet at 10 a.m. at the East Trigg Trailhead on the east side of Trigg Tower Road, one mile north of Trigg Tower and approximately 4 miles northeast of Simpson.
The last scheduled hike of the year by the company will take place on Saturday, November 27. Gillum and Vicki Ferguson will lead a post-Thanksgiving hike to a location to be announced later.
The River-to-River Trail is a hiking and horseback riding trail that stretches 157 miles through southern Illinois between Elizabethtown on the Ohio River and Grand Tower on the Mississippi. The River-to-River Trail Society is an Illinois nonprofit, founded by John O’Dell in 1993. All of its work is done by unpaid volunteers. In addition to its free public hiking program, the company engages in trail maintenance and defense and publishes an online guide to the entire River-to-River trail, which can be downloaded for free from the site. Company web. rivertorivertrail.net. Patches for the Society can be purchased for $ 5 during the Society’s Public Hikes.