Bald Knob Cross hosts annual Fall Colors at the Cross

ALTO PASS, Ill. (KBSI) – Bald Knob Cross features some of the most spectacular views in all of Southern Illinois, and on Saturday and Sunday, it was the scene of Fall Colors at the Cross, a festival atop one of the highest points in the state. 

The cross’s interim director Jena Guined said you would be hard pressed to find a better place in Southern Illinois to see the Fall colors. 

“On the way up, it’s just the most peaceful, beautiful drive full of colors all the way up the hills,” she said. “And then the cross is just breathtaking all times of year, but this is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful places to see the Fall colors in the whole region.” 

With carriage rides, food, and of course, the views, Fall Colors at the Cross is a place for people from across the area to experience what the cross has to offer.

As for Eric Gregg, Vice Chairman of the Board, he said he can feel its power whenever he comes here. 

“Whenever I need to find myself and get grounded, and kind of step back and take a few deep breaths, just come up here and be near this cross, feel the power of it, and just know you’re in a very special place,” he said. “I think there’s a good strong line to prayers being heard on top of this beautiful hill. It’s just a very special, religious place for all of us here in Southern Illinois and the Midwest.” 

And Gregg said once you come to the cross once, you cannot stay away for long. 

“The view is absolutely amazing, and if you’ve never been up here, this is a must-trip,” he said. “This is a place to come, and when you come back once, you’ll come back many times.” 

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