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  • Distance: 248 miles / 399.1 km
  • Ride Time: 1 day
  • Approximate Fuel Costs: $18.85
  • State: Illinois
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The last few weeks have been exceptionally mild in Southern Illinois. October 25 was no exception. With a morning temperature under a clear sky in the 60s followed by predicted afternoon highs in the 80s, a motorcycle trip seemed in order.

Although the days have been summer-like, daylight hours, nonetheless, have grown short with the sun rising after 7:00 AM and setting before 6:10 PM. The shortness of the daylight plus the love making habits of the huge deer population encourages one to be off the road before sundown. Therefore a shorter road trip to several State Parks and Historic Sites in SE Illinois made sense.

The sites visited were in the eastern half of the Shawnee National Forest. The first on the agenda was Old Shawneetown, Il which is located on the Ohio River. This village was an important commerce center during the time of the Northwest Territory (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Shawneetown,_Illinois). Some of the early structures remain most notably the Bank of Illinois building from 1841. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shawneetown_Bank_State_Historic_Site).

Next point of interest was Cave-in-Rock State Park (http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/PARKS/R5/caverock.htm). The 55 foot wide cave, which leads a short distance into the limestone bluff, has a colorful past involving pirates and other assorted thugs.



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There are three state sites within a few miles of each other just north of Cave-in-Rock on Karber Ridge Road. They are Ponds Hollow, Rim Rock Canyon, and Garden of the Gods.

Ponds Hollow Recreational Area's lake (http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/shawnee/recreation/wateractivities/recarea/?recid=10690&actid=82) was built in the 1940's. In addition to the natural beauty, it offers swimming, hiking, and picnicking.


Rim Rock National Trail descends into a narrow, 70 feet deep canyon. (http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5106385.pdf) (http://shawneehillsoutdoors.com/shawnee-national-forest-rim-rock-trail/) The trail is half mile long and well worth the effort necessary to hike its loop.




The Garden of the Gods (http://www.shawneeforest.com/Hiking/GardenoftheGods.aspx) ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_of_the_Gods_Wilderness) is one of the show pieces of Southern Illinois. The park and its hiking trails are accessible and extremely picturesque.




Dixon Springs (http://www.dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/PARKS/R5/DIXON.HTM) ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dixon_Springs_State_Park) is a State Park with huge outcroppings that are the result of long ago earthquake activities on the New Madrid Fault.


Last stop on the Park Ride was Ferne Clyffe near Goreville, Il. (http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/PARKS/R5/Ferne.htm) The 2,430 acre park is home to one of the very few waterfalls in Southern Illinois (http://www.shawneeforest.com/Hiking/FerneClyffeWaterfall.aspx).

October 25th was a beautiful day for a road trip because of the mildness of the weather and the color of fall scenery. Most importantly, I was home before 5:30 PM which was well before the bewitching hour for the deer population. 279 miles.

This is a motorcycle ride in the state of Illinois. This motorcycle route has 5 scenery characteristics and other road conditions to help you plan your road trip. This motorcycle map was created by mtnair03 in October. Click here to see other Motorcycle Roads by mtnair03

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Previous Comments from other Riders:

lcroyal says:

As a young boy I spent every summer and then some in Southern Illinois at my grandparents place in Cairo, my uncles place in Paducah, and with various relatives in the river bottom around Cape Giradeau. It's been 40 years but I still remember clearly the parks and roads. The great pictures and commentary make me want to hop on Big Red and take the tour. Alas winter is almost here, and it will have to wait until I can make the long ride from UT.Thanks for the trip down memory lane, and if you haven't ridden the roads in Southern Illinois I highly reccomend it. Great scenery, friendly folks, and American history!
Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM






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