Ferne Clyffe Waterfall Trail

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Ferne Clyffe Waterfall Trail is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Goreville, Illinois that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
282 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

A moderately difficult 0.75-mile hike that begins a Deer Ridge Campground and also leads to the waterfall

hiking
1 month ago

Grrrrr, Arrrrh, Urrrrr!

1 month ago

Easy hike. Waterfall is beautiful when leaves are green. be careful and don't climb on the waterfall it is very slippery.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great little trail that leads to a beautiful waterfall. I went a day after heavy rains and it seemed to be the right time to go.There are 2 ways to start this trail, there is a moderate trail head by the campsites and an easy trailhead by the picnic areas. Both leading to the same place. If you start from the Picnic areas it is graveled/ dirt path to the waterfall, pretty flat, but there are numerous trails that go up into the rocks and waterfalls along the way. the main trail I do not believe is 2 miles, but I did a little exploring on the extra paths which made it longer. Very doggo friendly,my doggo loved it. through out the park and other trails I went on, not many trail heads,but more then likely you will always find a good path that will lead the way.

walking
2 months ago

Well-maintained path. Perfect for an easy walk. The waterfall was beautiful today.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy trail. Very pretty walk thru valley with rock walls. Waterfall was very pretty and running strong when we saw it. Worth the walk.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a great little hike. Short trail with a beautiful waterfall. Good year-round! I love climbing up the waterfall at the end.

hiking
3 months ago

Did this last year but it was in the dry part of the season. Trail was easy to hike and a great starter for kids. There was a waterfall at the end of it but just trickling due to lack of rainfall so suggest just after a good rain. Easy access trails from the campsite and close to other trail heads. Over all ‘ relaxing’.

3 months ago

Go during the winter! Seeing the waterfall frozen over is amazing

3 months ago

Gorgeous especially after a good rain! I thought we may never make it as fun as the kiddos were having playing in the creek on the way. Bluffs were gorgeous, too!

8 months ago

Excellent trail.

hiking
10 months ago

This was a very beautiful trail! It was dry when we went on it, but the waterfall area was still very pretty. Lots to look at and huge rocks all around the whole way back to the waterfall.

11 months ago

If you google Ferne Clyffe waterfall and if the googlemaps or gps takes you to a dirt road then you are at wrong location. Instead search for FC State park and then keep following the picnic area directions (signs do not have arrows...one sign board has one arrow at the very end and other sign board has small font under picnic area stating go straigh ahead...it is easy to miss unless you stop and read it carefully). Once you enter picnic area there are tons of picnic tables...keep going all the way to the end until you reach cul de sac area and then you can park near that picnic area and there are 4 different trails.... Big Rocky Hollow Trail (waterfall) was decent hike unfortunately no water... second hike which we did was Hawks Cave Trail (caves)...this trail is loop and you have cross the caves and then there is a way which is not very clearly visible..

11 months ago

I would recommend going on this trail after a good rain.

11 months ago

Loved this trail. We went off track and climbed up the gorge to the top of the bluff and down the waterfall. Although short it was like a real hike rather than just a trail walk. Would totally recommend but don't stay on the wide trails scramble over the rocks.

hiking
Sunday, May 21, 2017

This was a great trail, easy if you stayed on the wide path but you can go off and climb around on the rocks some too which was fun. There were many people with dogs and strollers as it was a well maintained path. At the beginning of the trail there is a picnic area where we had lunch. There are also latrines (bathrooms that don't flush), so bring your hand wipes and you'll be all set! The short distance provides a pretty waterfall, not very big when we were there but it was still worth it. We went in April and it was the perfect temperature. Have a great time!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Beautiful views main trail of the park. Wide, gravel, with wooden bridges. Careful of climbing waterfall rocks are slippery.

hiking
Friday, April 14, 2017

Beautiful views!

hiking
Thursday, March 30, 2017

beautiful waterfall

hiking
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Gorgeous!!!

hiking
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Best hike in the park. Easy, scenic little canyon. best do early in day to beat the crowds.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Love this trail. I've hiked it more times than I can count, and it's always great. You can walk straight to the waterfall and back and the trail is perfectly flat and easy for trail rates strollers. That makes the trail much shorter, though.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

beautiful views and an easy trail to navigate for a nice walk.

hiking
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Nice hike for kids or those who only want a short hike. Best time to come is during or right after a long rain storm. Lots of areas to explore off the main trail.

hiking
Saturday, August 27, 2016

the "waterfall" was dried up. but there was caves on the other side of the park that was fun.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

One of my favorites. To see the waterfall you should hike it in the late Spring, early Summer or after a period of rainy weather for the area. Very easy trail, strollers can be taken on it.

Monday, June 27, 2016

me and my four yr old hiked today. it was beautiful and fun. most the water was dried up though.

hiking
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Beautiful spot. Hiked in from campground along the base of the cliffs. Great experience viewing the rock faces, plants growing out of rock, cool air from the cracks/caves. Trail to the falls is easy and flat, a mother was pushing a stroller. Very little water but still breathtaking.

walking
Sunday, June 05, 2016

Rocks to climb. Pet on leash. Walk with kids. Loved it!

hiking
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Beautiful! Living in western KY all my life I can't believe I've never been here. Easy, short trail to falls, but lots of side trails for more adventure. My 2 boys looooved it!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Fun hike with all types of terrain on and off trails

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