Panther's Den Wilderness Area

Located in Union and Williamson Counties, Panther Den Wilderness offers some great opportunities to view some lakeside panoramas. Devils Kitchen Lake borders Panther Den Wilderness, making it a favorite for those who love the water. Trails for hiking and equestrian use will take you by some indications of past use by people including homestead, fruit trees, cemeteries and abandoned roads. Panther Den Wilderness received it's name from a rock formation known as the Panther Den that is located within the Wilderness area.

Size and History:

Panther Den Wilderness was designated as a wilderness area by the Illinois Wilderness Act of 1990 (PL101-633)

1195 Total Acres. 1018 acres is National Forest System Land.

Ranger Station:

Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District
Murphysboro Work Center
2221 Walnut St.
Murphysboro, IL 62966
(618) 687-1731
*TTY (618) 687-1726

Closest Medical Facility:

Carbondale Memorial Hospital
405 W. Jackson
Carbondale, IL 62901
(618) 549- 0721

Parking, Trail Heads and Directions:

Current parking adjacent Panthers Den Rd. Interstate 57 to Goreville exit #40. West to Panthers Den Road and then .7 miles to trailhead.

Topo Maps Recommended:

Lick Creek