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. Rim Rock has a long history of drawing people to its forested bluffs for hiking and picnicking. 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. A 7/8-mile trail leads the hiker around the top rim of the "Pounds," which is a circular 40-acre tract of land isolated from the surrounding terrain by steep sandstone bluffs. Interpretive signs along the trail explain the history of the much-used "pounds."

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Restrictions: Pets must be leashed, and are not allowed on the beach or in the designated swim area.
Closest Towns: Karber's Ridge
Restroom: Vault accessible for people with disabilities
Information Center: Surface Type:  Flagstone

General Information


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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.

Trail Ethics: Picnic area is open 6 am–10 pm. Stay on the designated trail, rappelling and rock climbing are prohibited, pack it in-pack it out and pets are allowed only on a leash.

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Safety Information

The nearest hospital is Harrisburg Medical Center in Harrisburg, IL. The nearest public phone is at the intersection of Highway 34 and Karbers Ridge Rd or in Elizabethtown, IL or Harrisburg.

Difficulty Level: Moderate

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