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#4 of 129 state parks in Illinois

Best trails in Ferne Clyffe State Park

684 Reviews
Looking for a great trail in Ferne Clyffe State Park, Illinois? AllTrails has 9 great hiking trails, forest trails, dogs leash trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 6 easy trails in Ferne Clyffe State Park ranging from 0.7 to 3.9 miles and from 423 to 698 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

The Ferne Clyffe State Park is an outstanding natural scenic area. The ferns and geology of the area sets this park apart. Enjoy the many hiking trails in this park.

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Map of trails in Ferne Clyffe State Park
Park information
Acreage:
2,430 acres
Contact
618.995.2411
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Top trails (9)
#1 - Big Rocky Hollow Trail
Ferne Clyffe State Park
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 18 m
The trail leads to a 100-foot tall intermittent waterfall. The trail is lined with huge boulders, meandering stream, and progressively narrowing canyon becoming more scenic as you progress towards theShow more
#2 - Happy Hollow Trail
Ferne Clyffe State Park
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 5 m
Happy Hollow Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Goreville, Illinois that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, Show more
#3 - Hawk's Cave Trail
Ferne Clyffe State Park
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 21 m
An easy trail that leads visitors past one of the largest shelter bluffs in Illinois.Show more
#4 - Rebman Trail
Ferne Clyffe State Park
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Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 10 m
Rebman Trail is a 0.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Goreville, Illinois that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, cShow more
#5 - Bork's Waterfall, Bobcat Loop Trail, Big Buck Creek Trail
Ferne Clyffe State Park
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 44 m
This track starts on Bork's Water Trail, passes the waterfall, and then continues to River to River and Big Buck Creek Trails before returning back. You can also begin this hike from Happy Hollow RoadShow more
#6 - Round Bluff Trail
Ferne Clyffe State Park
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 31 m
Moderate trail, some steep inclines.Show more
#7 - Blackjack Oak Trail
Ferne Clyffe State Park
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 48 m
Blackjack Oak Trail is a 1.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Goreville, Illinois that features a lake. The trail is good for all skill levels and is primarily used for hiking, Show more
#8 - Cedar Bluff Climber's Access Trail
Ferne Clyffe State Park
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 37 m
Primarily an access to the bottom of Cedar Bluff for rock climbers, this is one of the more spectacular places in Ferne Clyffe State Park. The trailhead is behind the Cedar Grove church. Walk uphill aShow more
#9 - Cedar Bluff Trail
Ferne Clyffe State Park
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 51 m
A short hike on this trail leads up to scenic vista atop Cedar Bluff. For those interested in a longer hike, the trail proceeds from the vista along the ridge top then descends the bluff and intersectShow more