Hamburg SFR 266A

Total Miles
1.0

Elevation

178.27 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Fall

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Trail Overview

As a branch of Atwood Road 266, the Hamburg 266A is a bit more of an offroading road and less of a scenic road within Shawnee National Forest. It has an off-camber hill within .2 of the entrance followed by many water collection areas that get muddy, the gravel fades in on the hilltops and out in the valleys, which creates some dirt sections, adding grit to the situation, as you trek deeper inside the trail goes full-on natural and less maintained, to the point there are deep ruts accompanied by steep grades and tightening trees. Wet conditions and rainy seasons add to the difficulty of this trail, fallen leaves also add a dynamic to the traction on this road. The road is split pretty even 50/50 Gravel to Dirt as the primary surface.

Difficulty

Easy

History

The Hamburg 266A is along the pathway of the Trail of Tears, plaques are present at the trailhead featuring some information about this history.

Technical Rating

3

Access Description

At the intersection of IL-146 west and Berryville Road, head south on Berryville Road for .1 mile, stay right, continue to follow Berryville Road for 1.2 miles, turn right onto Water Plant Lane, and continue for .5 mile until you see the low water bridge straight ahead and the water plant to your left, roughly at 37.43.931, -89.32573. Continue over the low water bridge to start into the trail system on the 266, at top of the hill there is a fork, hang a right and you will enter the 266A.