Segment 21: Illinois
Okay, we’re finally ‘officially’ in Illinois.
Eastbound (i.e., Alaska to Maine, which in this segment is compass westbound) the trail follows the American Discovery Trail’s Illinois Southern Route from the Indiana border to mile 34.86 of segment 3 at Chester, Illinois, to take the Illinois Highway 51 Bridge over the Mississippi River and into Missouri.
This segment includes the best and longest footpath in Illinois, the River to River Trail through Shawnee National Forest.
MAPS and TRAIL GUIDES:
River to River Trail – 28 detailed section maps in jpeg or PDF format: http://rivertorivertrailhike.com/dir/?page_id=3049
River to River Trail overview with photos and overview map: http://rivertorivertrailhike.com/dir/?page_id=4
HEART OF THE TRAIL:
Section of the River-to-River Trail. Details coming.