Honey School Road SFR 656/656C

Total Miles
1.9

Elevation

196.55 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

6

Moderate

Best Time

Spring, Fall, Summer

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Trail Overview

The Honey School Road (SFR 656 & 656C) is a forestry trial in Shawnee National Forest that leads to an old fire tower plot and then loops back to the main road it is connected to, which is Wolf Creek Road, in its own right is a very scenic gravel forestry road. The 656 section is a maintained gravel road that leads to the tower site and seamlessly connects to the 656C, which is a natural trail that quickly shows it's not the gravel road that was before it. It features tightening trees, small mud pits, and steep grades featuring large ruts, which lead to the final hill, a steep downward grade with very tight trees, roots, and 2-foot washes, rutting, and if the season is wet or leaves are present very low traction. This hill eventually leads to a creek bottom (including the 656D trail along the creek) that is very rocky but is usually dry, unless rainwater is collecting and moving through the area, then it becomes a minor creek crossing. The trail features some of the best of the Mississippi Bluffs region of Shawnee National Forest all in a 2-mile trail. Run it in reverse for even more challenge. If the season has been wet or rainy the difficulty increases.

Difficulty

Intermediate

Technical Rating

6

Access Description

The west trail entrance is at 37.21285, -89.36782, and the east entrance is at 37.20881, -89.34967. Both of these connect to Wolf Creek Road. Go to Olive Branch, IL, head north on Railroad Road for 4.2 miles, turn Left onto Wolf Creek Road, follow this for 1.8 miles and the east entrance is on the right or go an additional 1.4 miles to get to the west entrance.