Located within the Shawnee National Forest lies one of most spectacular examples of a natural bridge in Illinois. The trail that loops around the area is approximately 1/3 mile, but what it lacks in distance, it makes up in scenery.
Why is it Here?
Standing high atop a bluff one can look out over a natural wonder that appears as though it could have been chiseled by the hand of man. Man had no part in its existence though, the sheer force of water was its sculptor and still is to this day.
An intermittent creek drops off in several cascades and winds its way underneath the structure. It is this little creek that has slowly cut the bridge out of the bluff that it was once attached to. The resistant sandstone base has held up the joint block and with the help of freezing and thawing has etched the landscape to what is present today.
Notes from the Trail
The chill of an early October morning had descended on the area as I ventured out early to explore one of my favorite places. I put on a fleece to fend of the coolness and sit up my camcorder to begin the process of filming. I know that it will not take long to film the trail sequences, because of its short length, but the ultimate goal is to do justice to the main attraction, the natural bridge.
I have been here before trying to film with my original camera I started with for this website. I struggled to capture adequate shots that showed its uniqueness. When I started to piece together the sequences I knew that I had failed and would have to come back when I had the appropriate equipment.
Fast forward several months, I return with a better camcorder and a wide-angle lens. I immediately discover that the combination makes a huge difference. I spend over two hours hiking over and under the bridge trying to capture its scale.
As I finish I leave with the knowledge that I have been in the presence of one of the most unique areas in Southern Illinois.
Note: Photos were taken in October 2007.
Pomona Natural Bridge – Video
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How Do I Get There?
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The trailhead lies at the end of about a 2-mile portion of gravel road that can be bumpy at times, but should be navigable by a passenger vehicle.
Note: Make sure to always bring a paper map just in case Google Maps leads you onto unnavigable roads.