Clear Springs Wilderness

Area Status: Open

Located in Union and Jackson Counties, Clear Springs Wilderness offers some great opportunities to view the Mississippi River Valley. Elevations range from 400 ft. to over 900 ft. The Area is generally regarded as rough terrain, with narrow ridgetops, steep slopes and narrow creek bottoms. Trails for hiking and equestrian use will take you by some indications of past use by people including homestead, fruit trees, cemeteries and abandoned roads. Bald Knob Wilderness also includes The Hutchins Creek Wild and Scenic River Study Corridor. The Wildernsess also lies adjacent to LaRue-Pine Hills Ecological Area.

General Information

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Size and History:

Clear Springs Wilderness was designated as a wilderness area by the Illinois Wilderness Act of 1990 (PL101-633)

4730 Total Acres.


Parking, Trail Heads and Directions: 

Parking and Trail heads are availabe along Forest Road 236 (Pine Hills Road): US Hwy. 3 to Wolf Lake, IL, then East along State Forest Road to Forest Road 236. Then North.
State Hwy. 127 to State Forest Road. West to Forest Road 236. Then North.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



Recreation Areas

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