Members and friends of Bald Knob Cross:

Normal hours for the Welcome Center are 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday and 1:00-5:00 p.m. on Sundays.

During Phase 4 of Reopening Illinois, the Welcome Center will be open intermittent hours, based on the availability of volunteers to host the Gift Shop. You can make an appointment to shop in the gift shop by calling 618-713-8516.

While visiting our Welcome Center/Gift Shop, only 10 persons will be allowed inside at a time, and we ask that all visitors maintain social distancing, and wear a mask while inside.

Extra cleaning and sanitizing procedures are followed per CDC and local health guidelines.


The grounds at Bald Knob Cross are still open daily. The gate opens at 8:00 a.m. and closes at dusk. You are free to walk up and visit the base of the cross, enjoy the observation deck, bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the picnic tables on the grounds. Any group that gathers on the grounds must be 10 or less.


Our procedures will be updated per all recommended health and safety guidelines.

There is ample outdoor space so you can be present on the grounds and yet practice social distancing. For the health and safety of all involved, all recommended safety and sanitation procedures issued by the Center for Disease Control are being followed. Also in line with CDC guidelines, we ask that if you have underlying health conditions or feel ill in any way, that you refrain from visiting. We love for you to come, but we want you and everyone involved to be safe!

We ask that you continue praying for all of those who are at risk, our medical professionals, and those in decision-making positions. Blessings to all!

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7  

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