Fox Ridge Trail
by David Scott
http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/PARKS/R3/FOX/FOX.HTM (Fox Ridge State Park website)
http://www.inhs.uiuc.edu/cwe/rra/site19.html (Embarras River website)
Fox Ridge State Park, ~5 miles south of Charleston on Route 130, has some interesting trails, which although none longer than four miles, can be combined into a worthwhile outing. The main attraction are a series of ridges and river bluffs near the Embarras River. These used to be ascended and descended by steep staircases, but the stairs have now largely been replaced by graded paths which nevertheless offer a good hill workout. A good place to start is the Brick Pavilion (on the left hand road from where the entrance road forks).