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Cypress, Illinois

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  • Cypress, Illinois

    Hike the Egret Slough Trail

    0.5 mi / 12 ft gain
    For a great introduction to the Cache River Basin of Southern Illinois make your way to the Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center. Here you will find a spur trail to the Tunnel Hill Bicycle Trail, information and exhibits, and ranger information about area trails and paddle put in's. Just outsid...
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  • Belknap, Illinois

    Hike the Todd Fink-Heron Pond Trail

    1.5 mi / 125 ft gain
    This easy trail crosses a truss bridge over the Cache River and features a floating boardwalk in the middle of one of the most beautiful and accessible Cypress-Tupelo swamps in the Midwest. There are 10 interpretive panels located along the trail to guide your way. The floating boardwalk section ...
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  • Vienna, Illinois

    Bike the Tunnel Hill State Trail

    9.3 mi / 326 ft gain
    The 9.3 (one way) section of the 44.5 mile that begins at the Tunnel Hill access point and travels south to Vienna, Illinois is one of the most picturesque stretches of Southern Illinois.  The former Norfolk Southern Railroad line connects to many other popular trails like the River to River Trai...
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  • Belknap, Illinois

    Paddle Mermet Lake

    Mermet Lake Conservation is an old Cypress and Tupelo Swamp that has been turned into a shallow lake by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. It was developed in 1949 as a waterfowl hunting destination. Each October the lake is closed and only accessible by hunters, but the Spring and Sum...
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  • Goreville, Illinois

    Hike the Round Bluff Nature Preserve

    5.0
    1.25 mi / 185 ft gain
    Just south of the Lakeview Picnic Shelter is the 53-acre Round Bluff Nature Preserve. Round Bluff has been designated a nature preserve which means that you are only allowed to hike on maintained trails. This is an isolated area of the massive sandstones that form the canyons of Ferne Clyffe Stat...
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  • Goreville, Illinois

    Hike to Bork's Falls

    0.5 mi / 227 ft gain
    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 waterfall...
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  • Goreville, Illinois

    Camp at Ferne Clyffe State Park

    Ferne Clyffe has a campground for everyone. From the more modern, or primitive, larger groups, backpackers and even equestrian campers. From beginner to hardened veteran eagle scout, there is a campsite for everyone. The shower facilities that are offered at some campgrounds are available seasona...
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  • Goreville, Illinois

    Hike to Hawk's Cave

    0.75 mi / 56 ft gain
    One of the top trails within Fern Clyffe State Park, Hawk's Cave is an impressive 150 foot sandstone shelter bluff. When beginning the trail from the parking lot, there is a fork of three separate trail heads. Take the path to the left and follow the loop up to a rock wall of shelters, honeycomb ...
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  • Goreville, Illinois

    Hike or Rock Climb the Rebman Trail

    0.5 mi / 27 ft gain
    The Big Rocky Hollow Trail isn't the only trail that starts at the parking area. Cross the stepping stones over the creek to find a place where the trail forks in three. Look for the sign for the Rebman Trail at the right-most fork. This short walk leads to a small canyon punctuated by a pair of ...
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  • Goreville, Illinois

    Hike Big Rocky Hollow Trail

    0.5 mi / 63 ft gain
    A great short hike in Ferne Clyffe State Park with a big payoff that is nearly wheel chair accessible with compact crushed gravel as a path. The trail leads to a 100-foot tall intermittent waterfall. The trail is lined with huge boulders, meandering stream, and progressively narrowing canyon beco...
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  • Jonesboro, Illinois

    Trail Run at Lincoln Memorial Park

    1.75 mi / 37 ft gain
    The Lincoln Memorial Park is the site of a 1859 debate between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. This marks a stop on the Lincoln Historic Trail and was an important milestone in the growth of Abraham Lincoln. The site has several interpretive markers and memorials where the men once stood and...
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  • Simpson, Illinois

    Climb Up the Trigg Observation Tower

    5.0
    Trusting in the iron supporting the stairs is difficult until you step on the wood, which soon become your main concern. A fun test for a fear of heights.
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  • Ozark, Illinois

    Explore Camp Ondessonk

    10 mi
    In the heart of the Shawnee National Forest is an amazing camp that provides many adventures for those with all skill levels. When camp is out, anyone is allowed to visit Camp Ondessonk as a guest and explore. There are over 10 miles of trails through pristine forests,  sandstone canyons, and sev...
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  • Makanda, Illinois

    Explore the Giant City Lodge and Water Tower

    0.25 mi
    Like the rest of the park, the Giant City Lodge was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930's. The lodge's architecture will remind someone of great lodges of the West with its hardwood timber and sandstone blend that has a two story fireplace and rotunda to enjoy one of the be...
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  • Cobden, Illinois

    Hike Indian Creek Trail

    0.75 mi / 65 ft gain
    This wandering intermittent creek inside of Giant City State Park only flows in periods of heavy rain or after snow melts. Prior to a confluence with Drury Creek, the path comes to a mid sized shelter bluff wall. What this shelter lacks in sheer size, it made up for in importance to Native Americ...
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  • Makanda, Illinois

    Hike the Giant City Nature Trail

    1.1 mi / 125 ft gain
    Pioneers had not seen skyscrapers, so these sheer bluffs seemed like the “streets of a giant city” to them. Thus became the naming of a pinnacle state park in Illinois. Giant City State Park is a paradise for hikers, climbers, campers, and lovers of nature. Parts of the park reminds you of the Mi...
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