Regarding COVID-19: Please recreate responsibly and practice social distancing. Closures and travel restrictions are changing rapidly, always check and respect local regulations.


Hike to Cave-in-Rock

0.75 Miles Total - 110 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally added by Lucas Bremer

Walk in the footsteps of River Pirates and Hollywood at this amazing landmark.

Located in a Southern Illinois State Park bearing its name, Cave-in-Rock is a 55 ft wide limestone cavern that sits along the banks of the Ohio River. Once a site of Murderers, River Pirates, and a brothel is now a crown jewel of the Illinois State Park system.

The beauty of the area and the dark history of the area led Hollywood to shoot scenes for "How The West Was Won" in 1962.

Today, the short hike from the parking lot leads down about 50-100 steps to the entrance to the cave. Inside you will see a large room with cave writing dating back to the 1820's and 1830's. There is also a large fissure in the ceiling of the cave that allows some light and sometimes a waterfall to reach the floor.

Once you have had your fill of the cave, begin your trek back up the steps and enjoy the views from 100 foot cliffs over looking the Ohio River and Western Kentucky.

Nearby there is a park lodge, picnic areas, campground, and other scenic trails.

Read More


Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area


Have you done this adventure? Be the first to leave a review!

Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

Stay Nearby

Kuttawa, Kentucky

Old Kuttawa

Kuttawa, Kentucky


Grand Rivers, Kentucky


Calvert City, Kentucky

Paducah / I-24 / Kentucky Lake KOA

Nearby Adventures

Explore the Arch of the Gods

0.25 Miles Round Trip - 50 ft gain

Hike the Mantle Rock Nature Preserve Loop

2.3 Miles Round Trip - 230 ft gain

Hike to Indian Kitchen

4.8 Miles Round Trip - 192 ft gain