Lee mine (fluorite) is barely even visible on this map, (there at the crook around the last “e” in “Shawnee” on the map) and much less visible on the trail. Just South of the main shaft off the trail next to the creek is an airshaft also plugged. There is a pasture behind the bluff the mine is up on and the sloped roadbed running up from the road the trail is on. When I was here a couple of years ago there was a great spot to pitch a tent up there just past where the main building was on the former drive way with a nice open sky above. It has grown up a lot since I took these photos., Not really worth the trip up there, but a place to put on the map.
All this talk about road & roadbed is pretty fancy for no more than what is still evident. Yet it makes a nice halfway point for the trip, though you may well walk by the site and never see it. There are no signs at the location and just a faint track where 4 wheelers have used the old driveway slope to access the top of the ridge.
Continuing North you will come to the edge of a field where the R2R turns back North. The trees in the woods to the right all have blue painted diagonal slashes painted on them for no reason that I know. Weird.
You will reach Cadiz Road and head left (west) a short way. The landowner mows his yard West just enough so you can re enter the woods on his mowed grass.
Next you will cross Karbers Ridge road and walk up what looks like a nicely maintained gravel road to a private residence. The trail enters the woods to the right before you get there. Further North is the Battery Rock Junction where two signs make the junction as confusing as a junction of 3 trails can possibly be. Someone has even scribbled more on them since I was here last.
Those signs are gone now and a new wooden forest service sign is up. (yay) I don’t have a photo of it handy.
After the River to river split, you will come to a large junction and gravel parking lot at the end of an access road. The trail heads West from here.
High Knob made the sign. You are getting close when you reach the abandoned cabins. Only force of habit is keeping them up.
High Knob has some great views. There is also a very nice trail around the base of the high knob bluff. That hiker sign you see on the West side of the High Knob Access road between High Knob and the R2R trail puts you on it. Lots of CCC steps down and up the other side. Looks like there was a camp at the base of the bluff at one time. That’s where they found an old CCC era picnic table made of half logs from the CCC days recently.
Smiling stump is to your left off the retaining wall as you are looking at the vista from the top of High Knob. I looked in vain for the stump but looks like they threw all the cleared trees into the slot canyons below the bluffs. I guess we can’t all be Einsteins. Too bad they ruined those canyons for exploring & photos.
There used to be a fire tower here like the one at Trigg Tower. Nothing but the leg base concrete left but a nice picnic area at the top. High Knob is accessed by driving through the horse campground. Took me awhile of driving back & forth in frustration to figure that one out.
Next is Page #3 High Knob to Garden of the Gods to the best vista in the Forest. Look around at High Knob, then head West towards the Garden of the Gods. The trail goes through the camp and across the road through the gate.
JoJo at High Knob Campground is a true friend of Hikers. Stop in at the office for supplies. Showers are available. Camping on her grounds for hikers is free.
She gave me these wise words when I tried to pay her for her hospitality.
“You wouldn’t give the owner of an orchard a basket of apples for payment would you? The Campground is making money. I don’t need money, money I already have. Sit down and give me 5 minutes of your time and tell me your story. I can always use another friend.”