River-to-river Trail, Elizabethtown trailhead

Illinois, Hardin County, Elizabethtown

river mile 889

889 IL Hardin Elizabethtown R2R trailhead sign 600 8 high

Unfortunately the trailhead and riverside town park consists of a 12’ x 16’ picnic shelter atop the low bluff. It has picnic tables and benches, but the gazebo and Statue of Liberty perched high atop the distinctive rock formations that constitute the bluff belong to the inn next door. A two-story brick building with covered porches facing the river all along both floors, it attests to the early prosperity of this community. The location also includes a well-developed boat launch. Luckily there is a floating restaurant right next door, well-known for its seafood! Many more of these riverside parks ought to have such an amenity. Bicyclists and paddlers could enjoy this cute historic town. To camp, one would have to ask permission to use the riverfront just downstream of the restaurant. Or stay at the Historic Rose Hotel!


Next park:  Rosiclare Park and Campground

Field research June 2018