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Rim Rock/Pounds Hollow Recreation Area

Karbers Ridge Road, off Highway 1 southeast
Karbers Ridge, IL 62955
Hardin County
(618) 253-7114
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Picnic area, fishing, hiking, nature trails, swimming beach.
A wonderfully scenic trail, Rim Rock National Recreation Trail leads around the rim of a rock escarpment, hence its name. Rim Rock has a long history of drawing people to its forested bluffs for hiking and picnicking. In 1980, it was designated a national recreation trail because of its exceptional scenic beauty and historic values. To early settlers this unique formation was known as �the Pounds,� an old English term meaning �some sort of enclosure.� This is how the valley lying to the east got its name, Pounds Hollow. A 7/8-mile trail leads the hiker around the top rim of the �Pounds,� which is a circular 40-acre tract of land isolated from the surrounding terrain by steep sandstone bluffs. Interpretive signs along the trail explain the history of the much-used �pounds.�