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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Herod, Illinois

      Explore the Arch of the Gods

      0.25 mi / 50 ft gain
      Hundreds of people will drive past this trail and arch on the weekends and never know they just drove past one of the best sights within the Garden of Gods Wilderness of the Shawnee National Forest. It is a few hundred feet off the road on the way to the more popular Garden of the Gods Observatio...
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    • Wolf Lake, Illinois

      Hike to Inspiration Point at LaRue Pine Hills

      0.75 mi / 164 ft gain
      Inspiration Point Trail is a 0.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Wolf Lake, Illinois. The Inspiration Point Trail offers a panoramic view of the Mississippi River valley and the Big Muddy bottomlands and is well worth the climb. The 300-foot drop, seven feet to the left ...
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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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    • Makanda, Illinois

      Hike Rocky Bluff Trail

      1.7 mi / 157 ft gain
      Rocky Bluff Trail in Southern Illinois is part of the Crab Orchard Wildlife Refuge near Carbondale. It's a relatively easy loop hike at 1.7 miles. This trail is not stroller or disability friendly. The parking lot is small and requires a $2.00 daily use tag you can obtain at the Crab Orchard Wild...
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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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    • Eddyville, Illinois

      Paddle Lusk Creek Wilderness

      For a full day on Lusk Creek, put in at Iron Bridge and paddle 7.1 miles of Shawnee National Forest beauty. This 8 hour excursion is sure to delight the senses as you pass through some of the most pristine areas in Illinois. Lusk Creek is a remote, pristine stream that provides some of the best c...
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    • Simpson, Illinois

      Hike to Sand Cave

      1.2 mi / 32 ft gain
      Shawnee National Forest played a crucial role in the Underground Railroad in the mid-19th century. As slaves escaped and headed north, the dense forest and rugged terrain offered natural hiding places. On the route through Pope County, Illinois, freedom seekers often used Sand Cave for shelter an...
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    • Makanda, Illinois

      Hike or Climb Devil's Standtable

      0.5 mi / 75 ft gain
      Devil's Standtable was once a large block of the bluff that cracked loose during earth movements. The wind and rain erosion of the surface removed the softer areas of sandstone in the mid-section of the pillar leaving the large base and iron embedded cap much larger, which creates the mushroom-li...
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    • Metropolis, Illinois

      Visit Fort Massac State Park

      5.0
      0.5 mi / 15 ft gain
      The long decorated history of Fort Massac dates back to 1757 during the French and Indian War when this French fort was constructed overlooking the Ohio River in Southernmost Illinois. The French left the fort behind at the conclusion of that war, then was rebuilt and used once more during the Re...
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    • Simpson, Illinois

      Hike Millstone Bluff in the Shawnee National Forest

      1 mi / 193 ft gain
      Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this mile loop trail leads you along a bluff line to the ruins of a historic village of Woodland and Mississippian Native Americans.   Mississippian Natives established a village here between 1000 and 500 years ago. The older Woodland Indians bu...
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    • Simpson, Illinois

      Paddle Millstone Lake

      Enjoy the seclusion of this 118-acre lake. After a few miles of unimproved rough road, you will arrive at the spill way of Millstone Lake. The remoteness alone is worth the trip. Kayak, Canoe, or SUP the lake and even extend it up a couple of miles into Bay Creek. Fishing is also enjoyed on the l...
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    • Herod, Illinois

      Garden of the Gods Trail

      1.0
      2.16 mi / 256 ft gain
      Garden of the Gods Trail is an out-and-back trail where you can see beautiful wildflowers located near Equality, Illinois.
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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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