Stone Face Lane - FS 1453

Total Miles
0.4

Elevation

163.12 ft

Duration

0.25 Hours

Technical Rating

1

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

Stone Face Lane/Recreation Area FS 1453 is a gravel access road to the hiking trail and scenic bluff rock overlook of the same name. It is a part of the Eagle Mountain area within the Hidden Springs sector of Shawnee National Forest. The lane is short but provides a great place to stage and meet up for a day of offroading, have a lunch break, or hit one of the most scenic spots southern Illinois has to offer. The road starts in the lowland bottoms, crosses a creek on a concrete bridge, and then climbs a mild hill to a turnaround lot. Here the natural rock of the area starts to come into frame all around the parking area, including one interesting tree growing out of a meso-boulder at the hiking trail entrance. So what is this Stone Face all about? Stone Face is just that: a stone that's part of a bluff that projects outward and resembles the face of a Native American Indian that used to inhabit and roam these lands. When looking at the Stone Face, there are obvious features, including a forehead, nose, and chin that make it very distinct. The hiking trail is supposed to loop, but as of 9/2023, it appeared to have one direction open up to the top of the bluff ridgeline to see the Stone Face.

Photos of Stone Face Lane - FS 1453

Stone Face Lane - FS 1453
Stone Face Lane - FS 1453
Stone Face Lane - FS 1453

Difficulty

The 1453 is a well-maintained simplistic road, featuring a gravel base, with only mild ruts and the normal complications of washboards, potholes, and mounding. It's given a 1/10 base rating due to the simplistic nature of the road. The only hurdle would be the mild grade uphill to the lot if there were to be heavily wet conditions or snow covering the road. The difficulty would increase in these situations.

Technical Rating

1

Status Reports

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Access Description

From the Shawnee National Forest Headquarters at 37.72443, -88.53583 on the south side of Harrisburg, Illinois, head south on Illinois Route 34/145 for 2.6 miles, turn left onto the Whitesville Road at 37.68728, -88.53624, and follow this for 5.2 miles to 37.66587, -88.46205. Turn left onto Stone Face Road, follow this straight for 1.2 miles to 37.66581, -88.43964, and here turn right to get onto the Stone Face Lane FS 1453. You are now on the trail.

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