River to River Trail

#5 of 20 trails in Shawnee National Forest
River to River Trail is a 127.5 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Elizabethtown, IL that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

127.5 miles 15078 feet Point to Point
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Trail starts at Elizabethtown on the Ohio River and ends at Devi's Backbone on the Mississippi River. Great way to experience the Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois. Passes through Plains, Bluffs, Bayous, and upland Forest. Beautiful scenery and lots of wildlife. Terrain is between easy to difficult. Multiple elevation changes throughout the trip.

Kyle Pacatte
8 months ago

71 Completed55 Reviews

Great place in Southern IL to explore. Vast areas of different ecology's with many opportunities for wildlife viewing. Trail can be wide and paved with gravel in places down to barely a single wide dirt path with encroaching greenery on the sides. I hiked this trail every season and would say that late winter/early spring is best for the views before all the leaves grow back. I recommend planning extra time along the trail to explore the numerous side trails to different scenic areas.

Andy Gotto
9 months ago

19 Completed15 Reviews

Fun first short thru hike for me. Not well blazed in many places and confusing to navigate, but rugged and rewarding.

Alex Kaplan
11 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

It was definitely fun, however it's easy to get lost. There are many other trails that branch off of the River to River. The trail isn't always well marked.

Jeffery G.
3 years ago

Just to clarify, the trail head no longer starts at Battery Rock. In 2010, the made the E'town spur the new eastern end of the trail. Battery Rock was simply too remote to get to, and vandalism to trail markers made it difficult to navigate. Additionally, the Battery Rock portion of the trail used a lot of roads. Using the E'town gets you into the woods much faster.

The worst part of this trail is all the ATV's that illegally use it.

Katrina Grammer
3 years ago

6 Completed1 Reviews

Awesome Trail very scenic and peaceful. Several hills to climb but the views are always worth it.