Ranbarger Hiking Trail

My recent video features the Ranbarger Hiking Trail within the Shawnee National Forest. This trail is a part of the Bald Knob Wilderness.

To access the Ranbarger hiking trail, start at Godwin East. Enter Bald Knob Wilderness Area on the River to River Trail. After going down the hill, take the first left at the trail junction.

This hike is available on All Trails. It is over 7 miles and mainly out and back. It is moderately difficult to hike.

Venomous snakes, including the copperhead and timber rattlesnake, occur in this area. Poison ivy occurs along the trail. The trail can be very weedy during the summer months.

We mainly visited the Ranbarger hiking trail to walk the creek in Ranbarger Hollow. It is an Ozark-like creek with many great rockhounding opportunities. The Forest Service says you may take rocks as long as they can fit in the palm of your hand and not used for commercial purposes.

Enjoy the video of the beautiful Ranbarger hiking trail in the Bald Knob Wilderness of the Shawnee National Forest.

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Shawn Gossman

Founder, Hiking with Shawn

Howdy folks! My name is Shawn Gossman and I founded Hiking with Shawn. I’m an avid hiker, cyclist and outdoorsman here in the Shawnee National Forest. I was born and raised in Southern Illinois and never want to leave. Click here to learn more about Shawn Gossman

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