Bald Knob Cross

Bald Knob Cross, completed in 1963, was built through the generous contributions of thousands of people from the United States and other Countries.  As a national symbol of faith in God, the Cross has been erected to help strengthen the spiritual fiber of America.  When illuminated at night, it can be seen over an area of 7,500 square miles.  

Bald Knob Mountain is the most prominent elevation in the Southern Illinois Ozarks, which extend across the state from river to river approximately 50 miles north of the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers.  Surrounded by the rugged scenic beauty of the Shawnee National Forest, Bald Knob rises more than 700 feet above the valley below.  Each year, the thousands who visit Bald Knob Mountain express wonder at the magnificence of the setting. 

Bald Knob Mountain is interdenominational and available to all to visit and reflect on God's beauty.  It is a not-for-profit corporation whose purpose is to provide activities to enhance and promote the Christian faith.

Guests are welcome to picnic at the pavilion, and facilities can be reserved for outdoor group events and activities such as weddings, church services, prayer meetings, encampments, etc.  Reservation forms with fees and information can be found on our website.  There is no fee to just come visit, though contributions are needed and welcome


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Latitude: 37.551314 Longitude: -89.346485 Elevation: 1001 ft
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Hours Open to Visitation

Bald Knob Cross of Peace has a Welcome Center that is open 9:00am - 9:00pm.  Gates open to the Cross at 7:00am and Close at 9:00pm.


Accessibility Notes

The Welcome Center and the bathrooms in the Welcome Center are handicapped accessible.  You may drive your car up the hill to the Cross if you are not able to hike up the hill.

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