Inspiration Point

photo: View from the bluffs. Photo by USFS.

Type: Backcountry
Length: 0.80 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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

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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%
Elevation Low Point: 400
Elevation High Point: 580
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

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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