VIDEO OF OUR CABINS IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS SHAWNEE FOREST
Rim Rock (Indian Wall) Picnic Area
GPS Coordinates (across road from cabins)
37° 36' 8.76" N , 88° 16' 41.97" W
We are located in Hardin County, Illinois 3.2
miles East of the little town of Karbers Ridge and 3.3 miles West of Hwy 1 on
Karbers Ridge/Pounds Hollow blacktop. We are 370 miles from Chicago, 166 miles
from St. Louis, 70 miles from Evansville, and 65 miles from Paducah. If you are
using a trip maker system, input Karbers Ridge instead of our Elizabethtown
mailing address. The trip maker systems do not recognize some of the
roads that would make your trip shorter.
If you are arriving in Carbondale by Amtrak
. After picking up your rental car at the station (ask how to get
to 13 EAST). Take 13 East out of Carbondale approximately 50 miles to Hwy
1 (you will go through Marion (good Kroger store in
Marion on left just E of 57 on 13) and Harrisburg - Harrisburg is a good place to get
groceries. For alternative Hwy 34 route out of
Harrisburg see green below "second route") Continue on Hwy
13 to Hwy 1. Hwy 1 is 23 miles East of Harrisburg on 13. At Hwy 13
and Hwy 1 take Hwy 1 South (right). Drive about 8.8 miles to Pounds Hollow Blacktop.
There is a blue tourism sign just previous to the turnoff with our name as well
as a brown forestry sign saying "Garden of the Gods" and Pounds Hollow".
Turn right on Pounds Hollow blacktop. There is an old motel just at the
turn off. Drive 3.3 miles. You will see Hills Cemetery on the left
and Rim Rock Recreational Trail on the right. Drive past about 100 feet.
We are the next driveway to the left. There is a mailbox on the right with
our name and a big gate with an American flag and lots of wildlife depicted on
the gate. Deer Run, Cougar Bluff and Bear's Den are to the
left after you turn into our driveway and Eagle's Retreat and Coyote Hollow are
to the right after you turn into the driveway. Follow the signs.
Note: for groceries in Harrisburg take a
left at the Junction of 13 and 45 North. Go 3 lights and you will see
Kroger on the left. For Walmart Super Store take a right at the Junction
of Hwy 13 and 45 South. Go through one light and you will see Walmart on
the left. Get back on Hwy 13 East when you finish shopping and continue 23
miles to Hwy 1 as stated above.
If you are traveling from the North
get on I 57. Continue on Hwy 57 to Marion**,
Illinois. At Marion take Hwy 13 East to Harrisburg.
There is a great Kroger store in Marion just after you get on Hwy 13 on the
left. (Note Alternate: Aug, 2011 There
will be some construction on 57 Hwy South of Benton. To avoid exit at
Benton Exit 71. Take 34 South to Harrisburg ) In Harrisburg you have two good choices
see above . If you want to go to Garden of the Gods before
you come to our cabins take the Hwy 34 route out of Harrisburg.
In Harrisburg get on Hwy 13 East*. Take
Hwy 13 East 17 miles to Hwy 1. Take Hwy 1 South 8.3 miles to Pounds Hollow
blacktop. (There is a blue state sign that says our name and brown forestry
signs that says Garden of the Gods, Pounds Hollow). Turn right on Pounds Hollow
blacktop. ** Go 3.3 miles. When you see Hill Cemetery on the left, start
watching for our driveway. It is just around the curve on the LEFT. Amish wheels
are on either side of the driveway and have reflectors on the spokes for better
visibility at night. **Turn left into the driveway and make another immediate left
up to cabins for Bear's Den, Cougar Bluff and Deer Run. Bear’s Den is the first cabin and Cougar Bluff is the second cabin
and Deer Run is the third cabin. Make an immediate right for Eagle's
Retreat and Coyote Hollow. There are signs. *(Note: If
you want to get groceries while driving through Harrisburg....after you get on
13 East go to the next light (Hwy 45) and turn left. Go about three blocks
and you will see a Kroger on the left) For Walmart turn right at stoplight
where 34 goes South. Walmart is just a few blocks at the edge of town on
the left. Get back on 13 to follow directions to cabin.
ROUTE FROM HARRISBURG TO CABINS (IN RARE CASE OF INTENSE FLOODING HWY 1 MAY BE
on Hwy 34 through Harrisburg. Hwy 34 takes a right on Commercial Street off
13/34. Just at the South edge of Harrisburg take a left on 34 South.
Go approximately 15 miles. Make sure you stay on 34 at Mitchellville
Convenience Store. It turns left again. About one mile before our
turnoff you will see "The Gabe" bar and liquor store on the left. Go one
mile and watch for Harbison's Store
and Gas Station on right (good place to get deli/pizza/other supplies)
Turn left on Karber's Ridge/Pounds Hollow Blacktop across from Harbisons's
Store. Go about 9 miles to cabins. When you see watertower on
the left continue about 1/3 mile. On the right you will see our mailbox on
the left with the name "Dart". There are small cabin signs on the mailbox
and also a green sign on right. We have an American flag hanging from a
large decorator gate with animals and our name on the right. Turn
in.....then go left for Deer Run, Bear's Den and Cougar Bluff....right for
Eagle's Retreat and Coyote Hollow.
If you are traveling from the South
(Missouri, Arkansas, Western Kentucky (Paducah or Memphis), take either I57 or I24 North to Hwy 146. On
either highway it is just 46 miles to 146 from the Southern border of Illinois.
Turn East on Hwy 146. Travel through Golconda on 146. 10 miles past Golconda
take Hwy 34 North. Go 10 miles to Karbers Ridge blacktop. There is a gas station
and grocery store at the
Junction where you turn. Karbers Ridge turns right. Go 9 miles. When you see the
Water tower on the left we are another ½ mile on the right. The gate has an
American Flag hanging from it. There is a Rim Rock sign in our field right
before you get to the Driveway and a little “cabins” sign just at the driveway.
Amish wheels are on either side of the driveway and have reflectors on them for
visibility at night. See** above
NOTE: if you prefer Interstate take I 24 or I 57
on north to Marion. It is surprisingly only 10 minutes further according
to Google. If you go on to Marion follow directions above**
If you are traveling from the South
(traveling through Nashville on 24) take 24 to Hwy 641 North (near Eddyville and
Kuttawa). Take 641 North 18 miles to Marion, Kentucky. Take 91 North
out of Marion, Kentucky to the Ohio River. You will be crossing the free
auto ferry across the Ohio River to Cave-in-Rock, Illinois.
IMPORTANT!!!!! FERRY ONLY RUNS FROM 6:00 A.M. TO 9:30
P.M. - IF YOU ARE LATER THAN THAT FOLLOW PARAGRAPH ABOVE) May
have to wait depending on river traffic. Road turns into Hwy 1 North.
Go approximately 10 miles on Hwy 1 North to Pounds Hollow Blacktop. Watch for
blue tourist sign that says RIM ROCK'S DOGWOOD CABINS
and brown forestry sign that says GARDEN OF
GODS/POUNDS HOLLOW. There is an OLD motel at the turn off as well.
Turn left on Pounds Hollow Blacktop. (On other end it is called Karbers
Ridge Blacktop) Go 3.3 miles on blacktop. Watch for Hills Cemetery
on left and Rim Rock Recreational Trail on right. Our driveway is a very
short distance further on the left. Our mailbox is on the right and has
our name in metal on the top and "Box 124" on the mailbox. Our driveway is
to the left. There are small "reflective" signs hanging from mail box with
our name for night arrival. When you turn left into the driveway you will
make an immediate left OR right depending on which cabin you are staying in.
Deer Run, Cougar Bluff and Bear's Den is to the left and Eagle's Retreat and
Coyote Hollow are to the right.
If you are traveling from Indianapolis or
Louisville, take I65 South to Louisville, Ky - get on I64 West. Continue
on I64 to Illinois. Just inside the Illinois line take Hwy 1 South.
Continue on 1 South through the junction of 1 and 13. 8.3 miles
past the junction of 1 and 13 (you are still on 1) you will turn on Pounds
Hollow blacktop. (There is a blue state sign that says our name and brown
forestry signs that says Garden of the Gods, Pounds Hollow). Turn right on
Pounds Hollow blacktop. ** Go 3.3 miles. When you see Hill Cemetery on the left,
start watching for our driveway. It is just around the curve on the LEFT. Amish
wheels are on either side of the driveway and have reflectors on the spokes for
better visibility at night. Turn left into the driveway and make another
immediate left or right to the appropriate cabin. See**
(Groceries could be obtained in Carmi at South end of town on Hwy 1)
If you are traveling from Evansville. take 62 West out of Evansville. It turns into Hwy
141 when you get into Illinois. At Hwy 1 turn South on 1. When you get to the
junction of Hwy 1 and 13 continue on Hwy 1 South 8.3 miles to Pounds Hollow
blacktop. See ** above for rest of directions.
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