Located atop Bald Knob Mountain in Alto Pass, Illinois, the Bald Knob Cross of Peace is 111 feet tall and can be seen for over 50 miles. A monument of peace, faith, charity, and hope, the base of this southern Illinois landmark sets at 1,034 feet on one of the highest points in the region. Several events are hosted here each year including Easter Sunrise Service, the Blessing of the Bikes each April and a Blessing of the Cars event.
Be sure to check out the new visitor center and see how pigs/piglets played an important role in how this unique landmark came to be.
Located just a short walk from your vehicle lies one of southern Illinois’ unique treasures. Follow the rustic, well marked path and enjoy a short hike with high reward. This natural bridge, approximately 90 feet long, 8 feet wide and about 30-feet in the air was formed by years of erosion. Walk on top of the bridge to view the oak, hickory and beech forest below or follow the path that descends to the creek bottom which reveals a view of the natural bridge hanging in mid-air as you walk underneath the bridge.
Featuring ancient cypress-tupelo swamps, bottomland hardwood forests, sandstone bluffs and limestone glades, the Cache River Wetlands is a rich and diverse area that provides habitat for many unique and fascinating plants and animals. With its wooded hills and cypress swamps, it would be easy to mistake this magical place for Louisiana rather than Illinois.