Lusk Creek Canyon Wilderness Area
Description: Lusk Creek Wilderness Area is located in northern Pope County near Eddyville. The area is known for its sheer rock walls that rise to 100 feet above the creek in places. One area at a hairpin turn in the creek is named Indian Kitchen because of evidence that humans used this areas thousands of years ago. The cliffs at Indian Kitchen are particularly impressive. In addition, several small caves and the Lusk Creek Nature Preserve can be found nearby.
Trails: The trail leading from the parking area to Indian Kitchen is 3.5 miles long round trip, and is almost entirely flat until the final 1/4 mile as you descend into the canyon. A topographical map is recommended for further exploration into the canyon past Indian Kitchen . There are no facilities available.
Directions: From Golconda take IL-146 North approx. 4 miles to Eddyville Blacktop Road. The entrance to Indian Kitchen Road is approx 9 miles. When you get there turn right and drive 2 miles to a small parking area on the left side of the road. The trail begins on the opposite side of the road.