Quetil Trail – Alto Pass – Illinois

Quick post this week spotlighting our first non-Shawnee National Forest or State Park land.  Quetil Trail is located right next to downtown Alto Pass, Illinois.

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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  1. says

    Yes i have a question for you I am the caretaker out at bald knob cross of peace and i get a lot of question about how did Alto pass get its name… its says at one time it was called Quetil was it our do you know how and when did it get its new name Alto pass.. Thank Roger w. Gibson.. P.s. i look every were on the computer all i can get is the wine story and i dont want that … thanks…