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A good one in Shawnee, great rock formation!

hiking
17 days ago

Waterfall was in full swing when we went, but VERY slippery. Be safe!

A very short easy stroll, a must for the view. Go at sunset. Bring camera:)

Awesome sunset spot! Don't miss this if you're in the area. One of the shortest and most rewarding walks you can go on.

hiking
22 days ago

No waterfall at all when we went, not even a trickle, so be sure to check before going. We tried to hike the trail but it was too difficult to climb over the rocks and fallen trees with our 2 older dogs. One actually slipped over the side while jumping over a crevice. Luckily his harness held him until we could pull him up. We had to turn around. Very disappointing.

So much fun to explore and climb. Beautiful views, especially at sunset. Made for some really beautiful pictures. Nice easy trail.

hiking
1 month ago

We've hiked to High Knob from Garden of the Gods, I believe its part of the River to River trail.

Defintely do this one, you can also hike over to Pounds Hollow from this trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Make sure and do this one if you go to the Garden of the Gods.

We walk this at least once a year, you forget you're in Illinois.

backpacking
1 month ago

nice hiking trail but do your research the trails are not blazed at all except the very first sign with an arrow pointing the direction. you CAN GET LOST very easy. For this to be a premier hiking destination in IL the state needs to put a little work into it.

another stunning park!. Shawnee national forest ceases to amaze me.

Definitely making another trip back!!! We could spend all day here and still not see everything!! We loved it! Nice trails and beautiful rock formations! We will definitely go back soon!

Nice short trail with a lot to see!! Absolutely beautiful!! Can't wait to go back!

Great little place to stop and visit when jumping parks!! The kids enjoyed it very much! Very neat!

hiking
1 month ago

There is a trail at the top of the park with a sign across the roads from the cabins, but it does not follow what is shown on the app. It appears that they are trying to create more trails in this wooded area. Part of this trail includes paved roads to get to the cave, which is awesome.

Path is well maintained around top loop, and is what you would expect from an easy walk in the woods. When you reach the staircase that takes you down to the ox-lot cave the landscape drastically changes. There are extraordinary rock formations, sheer cliffs, and exciting small caves. You could spend an hour in this area alone exploring all the rock formations. Overall the loop took us 1.5 hours with lots of exploring.

Nice easy trail with great views and rock formations. Worth a look if in the area.

Same as everyone else has stated, the trek down can be rugged and boring, but the ending is worth it.

Not surprising that this is a big draw for visitors, beautiful vistas for very little work! Fun scrambling on the rocks, good late afternoon cap on a day of more intense hiking.

Very cool hike, learned a thing or two from the signs too.

Beautiful area to explore. Definitely bigger than I was expecting! You’re welcome to climb on the rocks as much as you want which added for extra entertainment. Could’ve spent hours just sitting and taking in the view

Absolutely amazing views!

cool rock formations

hiking
2 months ago

Most of the trail was blocked by fallen trees. Trail is not well marked. Pretty much just got to see the rock formations from the trailhead.

Beautiful scenery!

Never disappointed! Beautiful!

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