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.

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19 days 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

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6 months ago

7 months ago

Quick but fun!

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8 months ago

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8 months ago

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8 months ago

Good, easy, quick trail. Very beautiful.

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8 months ago

Good trail, fairly easy. A few places where you need to watch your footing. I did the 4.5 mile loop of the trail in about 2 hours. And my legs where sore the next day, but I haven't been hiking in a couple years. So it was a good trail to get a work out and get back into hiking. I will be going back to this trail.

Trail was easy to moderate and actually seemed to connect via old back roads in places. Tons of pretty rock formations and wide variety of foliage. But the entire trail was covered in spider webs and spiders, which made it a little less enjoyable. Was still beautiful and very peaceful.

As a woman, I would not feel comfortable hiking trail alone since it was not heavily trafficked.

Easy trail

Decent trail

1 year ago

Nice easy rocked trail

1 year ago

very easy hike. kids like to climb when they get back to the caves not steep or hilly. very nice.

hiking
2 years ago

A trail that is somewhat easy and well worth the walk to the cave. Awesome, awesome, awesome!

This trail starts out as a wide forest road. This continues for about 1.5 miles and then it turns into a trail and drops off the ridge top. The trail switches back to take you to the bottom of some rock formations including a natural bridge. This trail runs for about .5 miles and then it connects with another forest road that begins the return portion of the loop back up Happy Hollow. As you get closer to the trailhead, the stream bed becomes rocky and there are more rock outcroppings to view. I do have a track saved but for some reason it did not link the the trail when I set the trail up. You can view it under my tracks. The trail sign says it is an 8 mile trail but it is really closer to 5 miles and takes a couple of hours to hike (not counting time to view the rock formations and caves).

hiking
3 years ago

Great walk, loved the rock shelter, worth the drive to get there

hiking
3 years ago

this is an easy trail for those who are avid hikers. the trail is a loop and distance is right over a mile round trip. if you can hit the cave at the right time (right time being when very few people have been out there that day) and your fairly quiet on approach, you will catch a glimps of the hawk flying out of the nest. located under the bluff in a crevice.

hiking
4 years ago

There us a trail here. It is a 1.25 mile loop and at moderate difficulty. Not too bad, lots of nice rock formations. Not for the out of shape individual. There are some areas that have withered away with time, but the places that were really bad they have replaced with stairs.