Beautiful spot. Hiked in from campground along the base of the cliffs. Great experience viewing the rock faces, plants growing out of rock, cool air from the cracks/caves. Trail to the falls is easy and flat, a mother was pushing a stroller. Very little water but still breathtaking.
Beautiful waterfall, skeptical about this trail being 2 miles. Still enjoyed the hike, and climbing up behind the waterfall. This is at a state park and another hiker said there are other worthwhile trails the area, but we were at the end of our trip and had to leave.
Karen and I rented a cabin near Carbondale this weekend (Cabin on the Hill), and were looking forward to a weekend of hiking and relaxing. Depending upon how you look at things, southern Illinois got its first dose of winter weather the week leading up to our trip. Unfortunately, we did not know that most state park roads are simply closed when covered in snow; so many of the trails we were looking forward to seeing at Ferne Clyffe State Park were closed.
That being said, we did find a trailhead at a campground for the Waterfall Trail, and away we went. During this hike, we also hiked a portion of the Big Rocky Hollow Trail, the Rebmon Trail, and Hawk's Cave Trail. The hiking was pretty slow due to all the snow and ice on the big limestone shelves and rocks on the trail. We saw plenty of neat rock formations and enough stuff for me to want to head back and check out more of the trails in this southern Illinois state park.
Ascent: 453 ft
Descent: 303 ft
Max Elevation: 869 ft