One Horse Gap is accessed by the River-to-River Trail or by road from Raum Road. One Horse Gap is a unique geological area. The rock formations remind me of a moon scape. Large areas are rounded and bare of vegetation.
The Gap is a natural narrow passage in the rocks thorough which the River-to-River trail passes. There is a large camping area with a fire rings. There is a loop trail that follows along the top of the ridge and then descends below the cliffs and returns to the gap. One Horse Gap lake is .5 miles south of the Gap.
Loop trail (.4 miles) Easy
From top of One Horse Gap
.00 Trail begins to left along the ridge top and follows the contour of the ridge.
.20 Trail descends below ridge. Trail merges with River-to-River trail. Trail to he left leads to Herod, continue right.
.23 Interesting rock houses along the trail.
.40 Trail intersects with trail to One Horse Gap Lake. Left to lake. Right to Gap camping area. Straight continues on River-River Trail below the bluffs.
One Horse Gap to Concord Cemetery.
White diamond marker with blue i (3 miles) Easy/Moderate
From top of One Horse Gap
.00 Begin from camp area at One Horse Gap.
.01 After passing through the gap follow the trail marker to the right.
.02 On your right you will see some large boulders that have fallen together There is a walk through with a small creek that disappears under the rocks.
.04 Trail continues to lose elevation as it crosses a small creek.
.06 Trail begins to ascend to the left along the bottom of the bluffs.
.12 Trail continues to climb.
.25 Trail begins to level off.
.5 Trail continues along bluffs
1.0 Trail reaches Benham Hill continuing to ascend
1.5 Trail enters gravel road. Good place to camp. Continue right down gravel road.
1.6 Trail crosses road and heads north following flat loggin trail.
2.0 Ponds on left
2.2 Pond on right. Trail begins to become rocky. Saw some wild turkey in this area.
2.8 Spur to right leads to nice camping area by small creek.
3.2 Concord Cemetery. Trail enters gravel road, turn left and follow road for short distance before crossing Little Lusk Creek to the west.
Last Modified 1/24/13
Shawnee National Forest
Harrisburg, IL 62946
From Herod take Raum Road to Concord Cemetery. Markers for the River-to-River trail can be seen for the first 1.5 miles. The first road to the right leads to Williams Hill. The highest point in the area. Continue till the next fork in the road, bear right. The next intersection is Hartsville. Continue left, after a short distance the road makes a 90º turn to the right. A trail head for the River-to-River trail can be found to the left at Concord Cemetery. The River-to-River trail follows the road for a short time before crossing the road at small creek, just before the next turn, heading toward Lusk Creek Wilderness area. Just past the cemetery the road turns 90º to the left. Follow the road about a mile to the Old Grand Pierre cemetery. Turn left, continue .5 miles till you see the next gravel road. Turn left. at .25 miles the River-to-River trail crosses from the right and continues down the road for a short distance before crossing the road to the left. In about a mile you will see a trail head that leads to the right, it is about .33 miles to the top of the Gap.
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