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Goreville, Illinois

Hike to Bork's Falls

0.5 Miles Total - 227 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally added by Lucas Bremer

Once known as Hippie Hollow, Bork's Falls resembles something from Appalachia, not Illinois.

Located off Regent Lane/Cedar Grove Road near Goreville, Illinois, Bork's Falls is a beautiful waterfall with little visitor traffic. The bottom of the falls is accessible from either side of the ravine with a very short hike. This waterfall generally flows year round, unlike most other waterfalls in Shawnee National Forest. Spend a day or spend an hour and enjoy one of the most beautiful places in the Shawnee National Forest. 

In wet weather, access may be unsafe. The roads leading to the falls are not in the best condition, so choose a vehicle with a fair amount of ground clearance. There is a bridgeless water crossing that leads to the falls, so use extreme caution when crossing if water is flowing. This access road crosses the creek right above the precipice, and a submerged car has been found in the pool below Bork's Falls. Take caution and avoid visiting Bork's Falls during exceptionally wet weather

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