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Inspiration Point

photo: View from the bluffs. Photo by USFS.

Length: 0.80 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation

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Location: Shawnee National Forest, In Shawnee NF SW of Carbondale on Forest Rd. 236.
State(s): Illinois
Counties: Union
Longitude: -89.43608
Latitude: 37.58559

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Provides access to 200 bluffs overlooking the "scatters" and river bottoms. Connects with River to River Trail #001.

Additional Details

Width: 30 inches.
Primary Surface: Grass or Vegetation
Secondary Surface: Grass or Vegetation

Average Grade: 8%
Maximum Grade: 18%
Elevation Low Point: 400
Elevation High Point: 580
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Document: USFS Trail Map/Overview

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
Shawnee National Forest
50 Hwy. 145 S
Harrisburg , IL 62946
(618) 253-7114



View from the bluffs. Photo by USFS.

View from the bluffs. Photo by USFS.


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