Ferne Clyffe has been known as an outstanding natural scenic spot for nearly 100 years. An abundance of ferns, unique geological features and unusual plant communities create an atmosphere that enhances the many recreational facilities offered at the park. Trails wind through picturesque woods, allowing visitors to view fascinating rock formations and inspiring vistas. Located on Illinois Route 37, just one mile south of Goreville and 12 miles south of Marion, the 2,430-acre park is easily accessible from both I-57 and I-24. With camping, picnicking, hiking, hunting, fishing and sightseeing to choose from, you can't help but enjoy a visit to Ferne Clyffe.

hiking
3 days ago

Nice bluff shelter. It was deceptively larger than it appears as you walk up to it. Short easy hike. Worth the effort when in the area.

on Hawk's Cave

4 days ago

on Happy Hollow Trail

4 days ago

Good trail. Great scenery once you get to the switch-backs. I would definitely recommend going counter clockwise around the loop, so you don't have to hike those switch-backs uphill. After only a quarter mile you'll come to a fork...take the middle road. (Left takes you clockwise around the loop, right isn't the HH Trail). Once you get to the creek (after the switch-backs and natural bridge), just hug the creek the whole way out. You'll have to cross it 2-3 times. I hiked it in about 1:45, but I was kinda in a hurry. Stopped only to snap a few photos.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
3 months ago

The kids and dog loved it! Lots of places to explore! Close proximity to a nice picnic area and several other trail heads leads to a full day excursion if time allows.

fun

hiking
9 months ago

9 months ago

Quick but fun!

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago