Gale Trail Road FSR 272

Total Miles
2.9

Elevation

220.52 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

4

Moderate

Best Time

Spring, Fall

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Trail Overview

Gale Trail Road (or the 272) is a Shawnee Nation Forest gravel nature viewing trail that has slowly degraded into a trail that gives a challenge, yet remains scenic. The farther west you go, the less maintained and tighter it gets. Expect ruts, medium-grade hills, occasional mud pits, and split-up sections of gravel road that slowly fade into a solid natural dirt trail.

Difficulty

Intermediate

History

This Trail and the 273 used to seamlessly connect, bridging the gap between two roads of the local Gale, IL area, unfortunately, the 273 was closed and is no longer OHV legal to use, but can still be walked starting at the west end of the 272.

Technical Rating

4

Access Description

Headed east from Thebes, IL on State Highway 3, turn left (north) onto Old State Highway 3, in .125 mile turn right (east) onto Bean Ridge Road, follow this for roughly 4.90 miles and Gale Trail Road entrance will be on your left, or roughly 37.25124, -89.38134.