Bald Knob Wilderness

Area Status: Open

Adjacent to the beautiful Bald Knob Cross landmark this rugid and remote wilderness offers the Bald Knob trail loop and the linear Godwin Trail which connects into Clear Springs wilderness. Along Bald Knob trail during leaf-off season, there is an excellent view of Clear Creek Valley.  Trail users will be exposed to the Ozark-like terrain of steep rocky slopes in excess of 80%.

At a Glance

Open Season: January
Best Season: All year
Closest Towns: Surrounding Area LaRue-Pine Hills/Otter Pond Research Natural Area, Clear Springs Wilderness and Bald Knob Wilderness. Emergencies The nearest hospital is Union County Hospital in Anna. The nearest public phone is in Alto Pass.
Information Center: Facilities: Trailhead at north and south end of trail. Surface Type: Rock and Dirt

General Information


Access: North-end trailhead Rt. 127 to Alto Pass, follow signs to Bald Knob Cross. It is 6 miles from Rt. 127. Trailhead is approx. 100 yards off the road at the edge of the tree line. Southend
trailhead Rt.127 to Alto Pass to Brown Section Road. Go 1.6 miles to Rhine Road. There is a sign and pull-off for parking.

Hiker/Equestrian Trails - white diamond

Trail Ethics: Pack it in, Pack it out.

General Notes:

Image of Bald Knob Trail Map

Trail Map


Bald Knob Cross Trailhead (North)
37° 33' 3.00" N , 89° 20' 49.73" W

Bald Knob Cross Trailhead (South)
37° 31' 55.70" N , 89° 20' 41.25" W


Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Difficult


Horse Riding

Difficulty Level: Difficult

Big Game Hunting

Small Game Hunting

Viewing Wildlife

Viewing Scenery

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
3 miles