Awesome outdoor playground. the walls similar to giant city are even better here because there are more caves and passageways to explore and poke into and through.

the only issue was trail was not marked very well (well at least the '371' you have to follow).. just before and to the bluffs, the only sign of trail marking is only markings to the river to river trail.

we only made sense of our bearings only with my gps, which helped me find our way back.

other than that kids had a blast exploring and poking around the caves and slot canyons

Path is not marked very clearly and with the different turns you can take it would be very easy for someone that doesn't know the trail very good to get lost.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful! I have always enjoyed hiking here. The only issue I have is a new issue... someone is riding horses through these trails.
This is one of the few trails I have found in this area that does not allow horses. I was very disappointed when I had to start dodging horse crap and massive holes made by horses. This has never been an issue and it makes me sad that Panther Den is being ruined by someone who doesn't have any respect for others.
A year ago I would have given this trail 5 stars, no question.... but it is with a heavy heart that I have to give it 3 stars.

Had to turn around due to lack of markings. Path not clear with lots of intersections.

hiking
2 months ago

trail running
2 months ago

Good trail up to the primary rock formations. If you go clockwise, the turn off the river to river trail is hard to find. Look for the older style sign on a post. I'd recommend counter-clockwise. It would be easier.

Lots and lots of spider webs. Came home sticky with them even waving a stick.

Back half of the loop is slightly overgrown, but the foot path was clear enough. Guessing most people walk out to the rocks then turn around.

trail running
2 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful rock formations and walk by the creek. Many trails to explore and get lost... App definitely helps (we didn't get lost)

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

My girlfriend and I decided on an impromptu hike on a Saturday afternoon in early December. We started at the trail head on Panthers Den Ln at approx. 3 pm. We were able to make it to the den where we found amazing rock formations and passage ways. I've lived in Southern Illinois all my life. These are some of the best and most unique rock formations in our beautiful area. We had to turn around after exploring the panthers den due to lack of daylight, but we will be back soon to continue on.

backpacking
Tuesday, July 05, 2016