River to River Guided Hikes for Fall

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The River-to-River Trail Society announces its schedule of guided hikes in and about
the Shawnee National Forest for fall, 2015. All hikes are open to the public free of
charge. On October 31, two hikes will be offered, one during the day and one during the
night. Most hikes are of at least moderate difficulty intended for people in good health
who have done some walking. Boots or sturdy shoes and a walking stick are highly
recommended. Hikers should bring their own water and a snack. No dogs, please.  For information, contact Eric Johnson at 618-499-2337 or Gillum Ferguson at 630-470-7692.

Saturday, October 10, 2015
Hike: Cedar Bluff to Bork Falls (Johnson County)
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Meet: Goreville City Park, Goreville, Illinois
Leader: Bob Mulcahy

Saturday, October 17, 2015
Hike: Benham Ridge to Herod Bluff (Pope County)
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Meet: Herod Post Office, Herod, Illinois
Leader: Eric Johnson

Saturday, October 24, 2015
Hike: Pine Hollow (Pope County)
Meet: 10:00 a.m.
Time: Dixon Springs State Park, at rear parking lot, by shelter number 2
Leader: Bill Gilmour

Saturday, October 31, 2015
Day Hike: Grindstaff Hollow and Hurricane Bluff (Gallatin County)
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Meet: High Knob parking lot, atop High Knob, 1.5 miles north of Karber’s Ridge, Illinois
Leader: Eric Johnson

Saturday, October 31, 2015
Night Hike: Max Creek Vortex (Johnson County)
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Meet: Tunnel Hill School, Route 45, between Ozark and Herod, Illinois
Leader: Brian DeNeal

Saturday, November 7, 2015
Hike: Bell Smith Springs (Pope County)
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Meet: Bell Smith Springs Parking Lot
Leader: Vicki Leavens and Gillum Ferguson

Saturday, November 14, 2015
Hike: Horse Creek Trail (Alexander County)
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Meet: Mill Creek village park, Route 127, seven miles south of Jonesboro, Illinois
Leader: Kelly Pearson, U.S. Forest Service

Saturday, November 28, 2015
Hike: Crest Trail (Saline County)
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Meet: Tecumseh statue, Glen Jones Lake, Saline County Fish & Wildlife Area
Leader: Les and Deb Vaughn

The River-to-River Trail Society is a not-for-profit organization founded by John O’Dell
during the 1990s to promote completion of the River-to-River Trail, which now runs
through the Shawnee National Forest between Elizabethtown on the Ohio River and
Grand Tower on the Mississippi River. The Society engages in trail maintenance and
advocacy and offers guided public hikes during the spring and fall hiking seasons. It
also publishes a trail guide to the entire River-to-River Trail, available for $20 plus $5
postage and handling ($25 total), from the Society’s headquarters at 1142 Winkleman
Road, Harrisburg, Illinois 62946.