Planning Your Event at the Cross

Whether attending a special event, or just making the journey up without a special occasion, you are in for a treat. Bald Knob Mountain is the second-highest point in Southern Illinois and offers wonderful views, particularly in the fall.

2023 Events

Fall Colors at the Cross

Dates: October 21 & 22, 2023

Time: 10 am – 5 pm

Entry Fee: $5 per car, with payment at the gate.

  • The event includes vendors and various family activities.
  • We will have bounce houses, face painting, balloon animals and other family activities.
  • Join us for lunch, with food from the Cross including Chili, Chili Cheese Dogs and Hot Dogs.
  • And don’t forget to get a family picture on one of our fall-themed photo sets, with the breathtaking scenery in the background.


  • This year we are excited to welcome back the Hileman Family with their horse and carriage rides.
  • Musical guests Tim Lehner and Chris Long from 11 am – 5 pm.


  • Bring a lawn chair and join us from 1-4 pm Sunday for Gospel Singing.
  • We are hosting a much-requested Gospel Singing. Featuring Maida and Dan Carson, Roger Crews, Saviors Call, Gary Roach and The Cypress Creek Boys Quartet, whose bass singer holds the Guinness Book of World Records for lowest bass note ever!

Bald Knob Cross of Peace is arguably the best location in the entire Midwest to view fall colors. It is the second highest point in Southern Illinois with a 270-degree view for miles over old-growth timber. Your participation in this event helps support our ongoing efforts to expand and improve the facilities and grounds at Bald Knob Cross of Peace.

2024 Events

2024 Solar Eclipse

Experience a Total Solar Eclipse at the Cross

Monday, April 8, 2024

Get your tickets early! There has been a great amount of interest shown in our “spot on” location for the best viewing of this rare eclipse. We’re working with the Solar Eclipse Committee and other area businesses on planning this incredible event, but suffice it to say that Bald Knob Cross will be a very popular spot for viewing this phenomenon.

Gates will open at 8 am. Plan on arriving by 10 am. Partial Eclipse should begin around 11:30 am with Totality at 1 pm. (All times are CST, Central Time Zone)