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20 hours ago


Short easy hike. Muddy,Rough road getting there. A geo metro passed us up top so must not be as bad as I thought. Beautiful view.

1 day ago

It was about 45 degrees today and the paths were wet and MUDDY! Wear good hiking boots... Paths are a mix of dirt, grass and rock. Overall, it was a nice, moderate difficulty hike.

Early january thaw so the trails were very damp and muddy in most spots. Cool to see the Glacial erratics but wish hikers and walkers would not stack the rocks into towers. Remember leave no trace.

1 day ago

Beautiful place. I went to scope it out by myself before bringing my kids up here. Had it been dry, it wouldn't have been too bad for my youngest kid, but as wet as it was today, I'm glad I went by myself. There were some tough uphill & downhills climbs on the wet rocks.
That being said, I absolutely love this place. In Southern Illinois, the only other place with better scenery is Garden of the Gods. The trails leading in & out of the Canyons are well maintained and well marked. Very easy to follow the trails w/out worrying about taking a wrong turn. It's only approx. 3 miles, but it's a somewhat tough 3 miles w/ the uphill climbs. The whole loop took me about 1 hour 45 mins to complete. I only stopped 2x to rest and drink water for a few minutes. As far as scenery in So. IL, this is easily a 5-star location. Have fun!

We will definitely go back here. There is so much to explore! The white trail is hard to follow but it is beautiful. Be prepared to get your feet wet. We crossed 3 or 4 sections we could not jump across.
We will be going back to the Yellow Trail, we didn't do the whole thing so we didn't find the ladder, but everything is beautiful along the way and you will see trees growing through rock formations.

on Mallard Lake Trail

2 days ago

Lots of fun. Short hike, but you can make it longer by exploring in and out of the rocks and "cave like" areas. Great scenery at the top. It took us about an hour to hike in and out.

Awesome Scenery. Be prepared for company though. We went around 3pm on a beautiful day and obviously there were a ton of people up there.

2 days ago

Solid hike. Not many signs or markings but the trail was well kept and easy to follow. Cool rock formations and some nice views of lake from a far. The views might be more obstructed when all the trees have their leaves. Easier than Little Grand Canyon.