Rim Rock National Recreation Trail


Area Status: Open

Rim Rock Fall

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.

Rim Rock Brochure and Map

 

 

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.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: General:
  • Hiker only trail
  • Pets are allowed only on a leash.
  • Stay on the designated trail; Rappelling and rock climbing are prohibited
  • Take out only what you carry in – There are no trash receptacles along trail.
  • Dogs are not allowed on Pounds Hollow beach or in the designated swim area.
Designated Natural Area restrictions:
  • No overnight camping or campfires
  • No collecting of plants or animals
  • No equestrian use
  • No rock climbing, rappelling or ATV use
Natural Area boundary is marked with yellow flexible posts.
Closest Towns: Karber's Ridge, IL  62998
Restroom: Vault Toilets
Information Center: Hidden Springs Ranger District (618) 658-2111

General Information

Directions:

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.


General Notes:

Trail Information:
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.


Parking:

No overnight parking.


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Day Hiking

Viewing Wildlife

Viewing Plants

Viewing Scenery

Interpretive Areas

Picnicking

Group Picnicking

Scenic Driving

Amenities

Interpretive Site:
Picnic tables: with grills
Parking: cars and 2 buses
Toilets: vault toilets
Accessible: take west leg of the upper trail

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Area/Length : 
0.5 mile

  Latitude : 
37.60278

  Longitude : 
-88.27722