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Please See Hardin County Visitors Guide for locations



Whoopie Cat and Lake Tecumseh: Whoopie Cat is about 20 acres and Lake Tecumseh is a little smaller.
Ohio River: The entire southern portion of the Hardin County border is riverfront.
Pounds Hollow Lake: 25 acre National Forest Service lake
Lake Glen O. Jones: 105 acre Illinois Natural Resource lake. Boat rental available
Lake Glendale: 80 acre National Forest Service lake. Boat rental available
Teal Pond: Small fishing lake near Bell Smith Springs Recreation Area




Horseback riding
(Shawnee National Forest has some of the best riding trails in the nation. Listed in Western Horseman as “One of Five Best Trail Riding Areas”.
Lake Glendale Stables: 618-949-3737



River to River Trail: Begins at the Ohio River in Hardin County at Battery Rock, continues through Rock Creek, Camp Cadiz, High Knob, Garden of the Gods and on to the Mississippi River
Garden of the Gods: Observation trail is a beautiful, but only ¼ mile long. For an extended hike there is a 3 mile trail around the base of these beautiful rock formations.

Rim Rock Recreational Trail and Pounds Hollow Lake: Around the top of “the rim” is only .8 miles, extend your hike by taking the rock stairs at the observation deck found half way around “the rim”. Descend into the valley to the right. Continue around the base of escarpment to the right and back up to parking lot for a 45 minute hike, or go straight just past Ox Lot Cave over to lake. There is a trail completely around the lake, but is strenuous and rough. If you want to boulder and do not mind picking your way, take the trail to the left just past the information center near the Rim Rock parking lot.
Shawnee Forest Trails: There are extensive forest trails between High Knob and Rim Rock. Beautiful scenery, but take a compass and take a map.
Stone Face Trail: Hike up to Stone Face is about ½ mile but strenuous. Trail continues
To Lake Glen O Jones’ for a total of about 3 miles. Ends at the Chief Tecumseh statue
in the wildlife area of Glen O Jones.
Glen O Jones: Take off from the Chief Tecumseh statue for a three mile hike winding up at Old Stone Face parking area.
Bell Smith Springs: 8 miles of interconnected trails and 12 miles of total trails. Make sure you have a trail map and understand the trail markings
Lusk Creek Area: Extensive hiking. Take a map and a compass


Pounds Hollow Lake: Swimming beach. Beautiful lake renovated by Forest Service in Fall/Winter of 2003. Closed November through March
Old Iron Furnace: Old fashion “swimmin’ hole”. Scenic valley with creek setting, good wading for small children.
Dixon Springs: Modern swimming pool with 40’ slide in beautiful park setting.
Lake Glendale: Swimming beach, concession.


Picnic Facilities

Cave-In-Rock: Picnic areas overlooking the beautiful Ohio River
Elizabethtown Riverfront: Ohio River rolls by this tranquil spot
Rosiclare Riverfront: Beautiful park setting overlooking Ohio River
Old Iron Furnace: Enjoy a bit of Hardin County history while relaxing in this peaceful setting
Rim Rock Recreational Area: View an ancient Indian wall, hike the beautiful Rim Rock Trails
Pounds Hollow Lake: Picnic on the banks of the 25 acre lake nestled in the heart of the
Shawnee National Forest
Glen O Jones Lake: Wonderful views on the shores of this 105 acre lake
Dixon Springs: Shelters and picnic tables scattered through this beautiful park
Lake Glendale: Picnic overlooking the 80 acres of Lake Glendale


See lodging section of site


Shawnee National Forest is known for some of the best deer and turkey hunting in the country.


River to River Trail
Beginning in Hardin County at Battery Rock, Hardin County area
trailheads are:
Rock Creek, Camp Cadiz, High Knob, Garden of the Gods.



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