N Hamburg Hill Spur

Total Miles


176.68 ft


0.75 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Spring, Fall, Summer

Trail Overview

The N Hamburg Hill Spur 266AA, within Shawnee National Forest, is a trail that once was traversable by full-width vehicles, but in its current state should only be trekked by dirt bikes and 4-wheelers, within the first .1 mile there is a turnaround/parking area to unload, but from there on, the trail should only see small width vehicles. The trail features hills, off-axis corners, small ruts, tight trees, little open clearings, and dirt pathways.

Photos of N Hamburg Hill Spur

N Hamburg Hill Spur
N Hamburg Hill Spur
N Hamburg Hill Spur


Expect a less maintained smaller trail in comparable status to the 266A, just wide enough for a large 4 wheeler at max. Fallen trees should also be expected along with mild rutting and off axis corners.


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

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Status Reports

Adam Harmon
Oct 07, 2023
Downed Tree
Chris Menz
Feb 08, 2023
1999 Jeep Cherokee
Seasonally Closed

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 miles 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. Follow the 266A for .7 miles until you reach a fork, hang left and you are on the 266AA.

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