Formally a railway, this short scenic section has been preserved as a town recreational area. The parking area is close to main street in Alto Pass. The trail is a nice level grade and interesting signs give railroad history and natural history.
One of the highlights of the trail is a rock staircase built into a sandstone crack in the bluff. This leads to a nice picnic shelter and one of the best lookout points in Illinois. A sandstone bluff provides excellent views of the undulating Illinois Ozarks and the Bald Knob Cross. This scenic point is also accessible by a vehicle by a secondary road that leads to Cobden.
Take time to explore and enjoy this beautiful natural area in scenic Alto Pass.
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