Clear Springs Wilderness

Established: 1990
Acres: 4,730 (10,593 combined w/Bald Knob)
Region: Illinois Ozarks
State: Illinois
Counties: Union, Jackson
Manager: Shawnee National Forest (link)
Agency: U.S. National Forest Service

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 Wilderness also lies adjacent to LaRue-Pine Hills Ecological Area.

Trillium in Clear Springs Wilderness
Trillium in Clear Springs Wilderness