Governors Trail

Petersburg, Illinois

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This hike will take you to two of them. Start down low in the Panther Creek Valley and make a likely wet ford of Panther Creek. The trail enters a steep walled hollow deeply shrouded in hardwoods. It then crosses the stream that makes the hollow before climbing to an open, grassy, upland prairie. Here, you follow a spur trail to an overlook high above Panther Creek. The second part of the hike drops back to bottomland and makes a second climb to another viewpoint. This one has a contemplation bench. Enjoy the views from here before returning to the trailhead. The downside is that you will be sharing the trail with equestrians and some trail sections may be muddy.

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"This hike will take you to two of them. Start down low in the Panther Creek Valley and make a likely wet ford of Panther Creek. The trail enters a steep walled hollow deeply shrouded in hardwoods. It then crosses the stream that makes the hollow before climbing to an open, grassy, upland prairie. Here, you follow a spur trail to an overlook high above Panther Creek. The second part of the hike drops back to bottomland and makes a second climb to another viewpoint. This one has a contemplation bench. Enjoy the views from here before returning to the trailhead. The downside is that you will be sharing the trail with equestrians and some trail sections may be muddy."

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Petersburg
Distance: 2.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Spring through fall
Local Maps: Governors Trail; USGS Newmansville
Driving Directions: Directions to Governors Trail

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May 2018