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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, and running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.6 mi Elevation gain 344 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Walking

Running

Cave

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wildlife

Rocky

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Reviews (107)
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Valerie Chandra
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HikingGreat!

The first part is a bit boring: wide trail through the forest with a few meadows. Finding the trail is a bit tricky at times cause it isn’t clearly marked. We got confused at a couple forks where camping and horse trails are better marked. But app works there so we figured it out. The second half is really nice. You go over little creeks repeatedly to end up in a big flat boulders area by a stream. Could hv spent more time there. Super pretty n relaxing. Definitely could get very muddy after big rain and if a few horses churned the trail. Overall worth the hike!

Kate Maloney
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Hiking

Epic little hike. All through the woods. Very quiet and little traffic noise which I like because it's hard to find a place to get away from it these days. Took my doggies. They loved it. There were lots of burs that got on them but they have long hairdo's so it makes it easy for them to get pretty covered. After this hike for my little long haired dog, I plan to recycle a sock into some sort of body tube bur deflecting armor for next time. Also, lots of poison ivy so if you choose shorts, don't forget to wash your ankles with dish soap before bed. Great hike!

Ryan Klein
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Jeff Hodgen
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Hiking

Love it! Beautiful

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Lisa Korkowski
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HikingMuddyOver grownRocky

it was a little tougher due to rain at the beginning of our hike. you cross a stream in the beginning, climbing up rocky terrain and lots of tree roots during this hike. some really great views. you cross 3 streams on the way back, wear waterproof shoes, due rock submersion, no clear path to other side. go to the left, counterclockwise. lots of spiderwebs, we didnt have any ticks.

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Pinkk V
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HikingMuddyRocky

Fairly easy, family friendly, loop trail; quite muddy for the time we went, July 4th 2020. The highlight of the trail is the beautiful waterfall spring at the very beginning of the trail. Right off the parking lot there is a short gravely trail that declines about 30-40ft down, where you are then greeted by a lovely stream/ waterfall; beautiful crystal clear spring water. Pools of water where you can soak your feet or take a dip on a hot day. As you move pass the spring you continue up the trail where the trail divides into three. And loops back to the parking lot.

Pam Fernandez
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Hiking

Just... eh. Long hike, not a lot to see, so many ticks.

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Caseton Luthy
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HikingBugs

trail was clear for most of the first 1/3. after that it was really buggy and lots of ticks. probably best to do in the fall and winter months. great rocks and creek looks amazing

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Kristen Withrow
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HikingBugs

I love the seclusion this trail provides at such a busy park. Loop is right around 5 miles, pretty easy to follow the trail itself (fall is a different story) so gps/markings I didn’t think were necessary but the trail is decently marked. Some pretty awesome rock formations and water sources

K Altenthal
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HikingMuddyRockyWashed out

Nice hike today but trail is not well marked. There are many areas that are muddy and have standing water that takes some tricky maneuvering. Some areas have neat rock formations but as a whole not real scenic.

Curt Anselment
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Hiking

2nd time here. Definitely nicer hike when there are no leaves. Nice trail but it doesn’t have the wow of other trails. No magnificent overlooks, no magnificent bluffs. Great arch about midway. But it’s a great loop to hike.

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Jackie Powers
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Took longer than expected. It was a very beautiful trail with lovely creeks and bluffs. Some of the trail markers are confusing at intersections.

Mark Chambers
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Hiking

A nice fall day for a stroll.

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S Smith
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HikingBlowdownRocky

go counterclockwise first to see the bluffs and natural bridge. The lower part at the last half is gorgeous with the greenery and creeks.

Heather Machicao
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BackpackingBlowdownRocky

We travelled counterclockwise and our path was 4.6 miles. I had to check the AllTrails map a couple of times to be certain we were heading the right direction when we came to crossroads. Several large trees were blown down all together after the switchbacks, had to climb over them. I honestly don’t know how a horse would get by them! We were a bit surprised that so much of this trail is actually forest road, perhaps the first mile and a half in either direction, we enjoyed the trail section around the switchbacks best.

Will Richards
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Jason New
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Hiking

I hiked the loop and my gps said I went 8 miles like the sign says it is. There must be a cut off I didn’t see if people are doing it in 4.5 miles. The trail was a nice hike. I’d would rather do it in spring or fall. The bugs and spider webs were bad.

Evan Gruda
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Hiking

Beware of ticks!!!

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John Johnson
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Hiking

Great trail for viewing wildlife mid morning. Wear your water resistant hiking boots, especially early Spring. The switchbacks mid trail are altogether confusing without the aid of this app! This is an excellent trail to enjoy with your water loving dog!

Jarred Ingram
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Hiking

Wonderful trail. Very easy hike and amazing scenery. Perfect trail for a spring day!

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Casey Huff
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Hiking

Loved all the wildflowers. I jogged most of it & it was a great workout.

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