Road Scholar – Hiking in Southern Illinois
March 29, 2020 - April 3, 2020
This is an extraordinary hiking adventure in the hidden gem that is Southern Illinois. During our hike in Southern Illinois, we will explore deep canyons, waterfalls, rock-bottom creeks, and cypress swamps making visitors feel they are in the Ozarks, Smokies, or the Deep South’s bayous without ever leaving the Midwest. Professional guides and naturalists interpret the area’s natural and cultural history where north, south, east, and west overlap creating one of the most biologically diverse regions on the continent. Hike through oak-hickory hardwood forests, sandstone canyons, and the northernmost cypress swamp in America. Camp Ondessonk is a 983-acre site adjacent to the Shawnee National Forest, home to the highest waterfall in Illinois, and in close proximity to some of the most scenic areas of the Midwest. Some highlights of the progressively more difficult hikes include sweeping views from atop a retired Forest Service fire lookout tower, the Heron Pond floating boardwalk through a cypress swamp, beautiful state parks and natural areas, and the culminating five-mile section of the River-to-River trail through the Garden of the Gods National Wilderness.
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