The closest villages are Alto Pass and Cobden, both 10-15 minutes from the cross, and the closest towns are Anna, Murphysboro, and Carbondale, each being 20-30 minutes from the cross.
From Alto Pass, follow the signs to Bald Knob Cross; Bald Knob Road is a paved but winding road about 4 miles from Alto Pass. It’s an easy drive; a little snug for tour buses, but very doable, and there’s room for buses to turn around at the top.
From the base of the cross, you have a 360 degree unobstructed view of southern Illinois. A national symbol of faith, this 111-foot-tall cross, when illuminated at night, can be seen over an area of 7,500 square miles atop the most prominent elevation in Southern Illinois.
From the grounds, in various locations, enjoy the beauty of the landscape, regardless of what season you choose to visit. Each month of the year brings its own beauty.