forest

kid friendly

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
10 days ago

Best hiked counter clockwise. First half of trail easy, then ends with hard, avg moderate. Second half has several tall staircases and is far more scenic with bluffs.

hiking
13 days ago

Well marked and maintained. Good mix of elevations and terrain.

Gorgeous walk back to the falls. A must do while at the park. Doable by most anyone.

hiking
28 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

hiking
29 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

hiking
1 month ago

on Happy Hollow Trail

hiking
1 month ago

on Happy Hollow Trail

hiking
1 month 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
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
4 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.