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Gentle hike with a stunning destination!

I think the gravel road was tougher on our car than the hike was on our bodies. (We are 62 yrs old... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Debbi H
Saint Louis, Missouri
worth the drive down the gravel road

This little goodie will take you at least 10 minutes off the paved road to reach but then is a very... read more

Reviewed 8 July 2018
Makanda, Illinois
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Natural Bridge Road, Pomona, IL 62975
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I think the gravel road was tougher on our car than the hike was on our bodies. (We are 62 yrs old and are *not* hikers. This one is easy! ) The hike is a loop. We approached from the left side of the loop....More

Thank Debbi H
Reviewed 8 July 2018

This little goodie will take you at least 10 minutes off the paved road to reach but then is a very short hike in lovely scenic woods to an impressive natural feature: we are talking like 75 feet long, not just a little piece of...More

2  Thank Illinoissoutherner
Reviewed 7 July 2018

Worth going to see this large natural bridge. Trail leads right over the top of it, unlike some other natural bridges where access is restricted. Wide enough we felt comfortable taking young kids across as long we were holding their hands. When we went in...More

Thank ctc10s
Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

Very short hike but uphill on way back. Poison ivy very close on the whole trail. You can walk across the bridge. Great natural wonder.

Thank James T
Reviewed 18 June 2017

To get there, you need to drive several miles down a gravel road to a small parking lot. I was the only one hiking at that time, so it was great to be alone in nature. The walk/hike is not difficult, but it is up...More

1  Thank reviewerG1826JF
Reviewed 19 April 2017

Found the Natural bridge in Pomona/ Shawnee National forest - very cool! Since it was early spring, the greenery was just starting to bud. I think if we go back in June it will be even prettier. It was a fast easy hike.There are some...More

Thank Diane B
Reviewed 17 April 2017

The natural bridge is a pretty cool land feature. The hike is extremely short though - less than 10 minutes.

1  Thank AandE_G
Reviewed 3 March 2017

It's a very cool and unique natural attraction to see. The whole hike is only about a half mile tops. The trail descends down from the parking lot, crosses the natural bridge and loops back up. It's a nice vista and you can check it...More

Thank Jon W
Reviewed 21 October 2016

Easy walk for anyone. Adventure for anyone. The road to get to the parking lot is also an adventure.

Thank jillw822
Reviewed 15 August 2016

My husband and I only went into the forest as far as the bridge but it was a very easy trail to navigate by reviewing the trail map sign present at the trail head. When the path splits early on, we went "right" and that...More

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Response from reviewerG1826JF | Reviewed this property |
Pomona Winery is just down the road from the bridge. The Little Grand Canyon is close also, as well as a bunch of hiking trails in Shawnee National Forest. Garden of the Gods is excellent, but it would be almost a two-hour... More