Rim Rock National Recreation Trail
A wonderfully scenic trail, Rim Rock National Recreation Trail leads around the rim of a rock escarpment, hence its name. Mid-way along the trail is an opportunity to descend wooden stairs, and pass between rock slabs to reach the hollow below. Read the sign about how settlers used Ox-lot Cave before returning the way you came or take the lower trail back to the parking lot.
Rim Rock Trail is part of Pounds Hollow Ecological Area, a designated natural area with specific regulations outlined below. Interpretive signs along the trail explain the areas unique natural and historical features.
At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||A portion of Rim Rock Trail is closed. However Rim Rock Trail's upper trail loop is still open. The closed portion of the trail is the descent from the upper trail's observation deck to the lower trail. The closed segment includes the wooden staircase and stone steps descent to Ox-lot Cave. However, Ox-lot Cave can be reached by-way of the lower trail segment that leaves the parking lot. Repairs are needed and visitors should heed all closure signs and closure barriers along the trail. The trail closure will likely continue through the winter months, however this website will be updated when the repairs are complete.|
|Area Amenities:||Interpretive Site,Accessible,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking|
|Open Season:||Year-Around 6 a.m.-10 p.m.|
|Closest Towns:||Karber's Ridge, IL 62998|
|Information Center:||Hidden Springs Ranger District (618) 658-2111|
From Harrisburg: Take Highway 34/145 south 6 miles, then continue on Highway 34 south for 9 miles. Then turn east onto Karbers Ridge Road and go 8.3 miles, then turn left into the Rim Rock parking lot and trailhead.
From Evansville, Indiana: Take Highway 62 west & continue on IL. State Route 141 to Highway 1. Go south on Highway 1 about 24 miles to Pounds Hollow Road, then west on Pounds Hollow Road 3 miles and turn right into the Rim Rock parking lot and trailhead.
The upper loop trail is 0.8 mile. Hiking the upper and lower trail will take longer. The lower trail splits after Ox-lot Cave, with the option of going east to Pounds Hollow Lake or south back to the Rim Rock parking lot. Refer to Rim Rock brochure/map and become familiar with the trail system.
National Recreation Trail Designation:
In 1980, it was designated a national recreation trail because of its exceptional scenic beauty and historic values. To early settlers this unique formation was known as 'the Pounds,' an old English term meaning "some sort of enclosure." This is how the valley lying to the east got its name, Pounds Hollow.
No overnight parking.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
|Picnic tables:||with grills|
|Parking:||cars and 2 buses|
|Accessible:||take west leg of the upper trail|