We were headed northeast of Mt. Vernon, Illinois over the weekend to pick up a new puppy for my mother-in-law. We were following the GPS across the back roads of Illinois when I saw an old brown sign for Devil’s Prop. Curious as to what that was, I googled it and found out that it was an interesting rock formation. We were not really planning on hiking, but since we drove past the small parking lot, I figured it would be neat to get out and at least see if there was anything neat.
The trail starts out from a small parking lot, headed through the forest. The trees were in their autumn glory featuring stunning reds, golds and oranges.
A short hike leads to a top of a ravine. From here, there is a trail that goes left, right and down. Since we were not really planning on hiking, we just went down the trail into the ravine.
The ravine is a beautiful place. It has a small creek that runs through with a couple small wooden plank bridges to cross the shallow creek. Beautiful rock formations surround you with also a couple small caves near by.
Unfortunately, people have vandalized the rocks with spray paint, but the area is still beautiful.
To find Devil’s Prop, take exit 103 off Interstate 57 towards Dix, Illinois. Stay on Breezeway Lane until you reach North Tolle Lane. Turn right on North Tolle Lane. Before the road curves to the right, turn left on Robin Road (there is a small brown sign here). Next, you will come to a four-way stop. Turn left onto Strafford Lane. After about a mile, there will be a small parking lot on the right-hand side of the road with a small sign for Devil’s Prop. For the exact location on Google Maps, see the map below.
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