Hawk's Cave Trail

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Hawk's Cave Trail is a 0.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Goreville, Illinois that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
0.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
91 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

An easy trail that leads visitors past one of the largest shelter bluffs in Illinois.

hiking
17 days ago

My kids loved playing on the rocks at the cave. “My Favorite Hike we have ever done!” -my child
Hiked easily with a 3yr old, 7yr old and 13yr old

1 month ago

As with the other trails in the area, the Hawk’s Cave Trail features some really impressive rock formations and massive cliffs. Fun place to explore. I would suggest hiking it clockwise from the trailhead, as this will save the cliffs for the latter half of the trail. The cliffs will seem really imposing when you approach them from this direction.

1 month ago

This is a short hike, but a must see at Ferne Clyffe. The shelter bluff is very impressive.

hiking
2 months ago

Small inclines to beautiful overhang. Nice little loop.

2 months ago

Great, easy little loop with a great overhang cave. so beautiful! local told us to keep an eye out for snakes but we didn't see any.

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4 months ago

More of a moderate Trail for us. Had several inclines and declines. Well kept Trail through forest and along rock bluffs to cave. Would definitely take again.

hiking
6 months ago

Moderate trail with lush vegetation, some parts have a moderate incline. The cave is a pretty cool spectacle to see. Lots of big trees and rock cliffs, Creeks, wild life are just a few things to see. Interesting would do it again in the winter to see what frozen sculptures nature has created.

6 months ago

This may be one of my family’s favorite trails, yet. It’s perfect for the kiddos and the cave halfway through was awesome! We could have spent an entire day at the cave before ever coming back. We’ll definitely be back. This whole park is amazing!

hiking
Sunday, September 17, 2017

A mostly easy loop path, with several minor ups and downs and a few rocky areas to walk through. The main features are a couple shelter bluffs. One was fairly deep and the over was very high.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

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..

hiking
Thursday, July 06, 2017

Easy trail that is very well marked. Definitely recommend to novices, children, etc. Lovely views and a nice, shaded walk.

hiking
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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.

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

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.

Monday, May 02, 2016

Quick but fun!

hiking
Saturday, March 12, 2016

Good, easy, quick trail. Very beautiful.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Easy trail

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Nice easy rocked trail

Friday, June 12, 2015

very easy hike. kids like to climb when they get back to the caves not steep or hilly. very nice.

hiking
Monday, May 05, 2014

A trail that is somewhat easy and well worth the walk to the cave. Awesome, awesome, awesome!

hiking
Sunday, July 28, 2013

Great walk, loved the rock shelter, worth the drive to get there

hiking
Saturday, April 06, 2013

this is an easy trail for those who are avid hikers. the trail is a loop and distance is right over a mile round trip. if you can hit the cave at the right time (right time being when very few people have been out there that day) and your fairly quiet on approach, you will catch a glimps of the hawk flying out of the nest. located under the bluff in a crevice.

hiking
Sunday, August 19, 2012

There us a trail here. It is a 1.25 mile loop and at moderate difficulty. Not too bad, lots of nice rock formations. Not for the out of shape individual. There are some areas that have withered away with time, but the places that were really bad they have replaced with stairs.

hiking
Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Hawk's Cave is actually just a shelter, but it is fairly large with a decent amount of opportunity for exploring the shelter. User friendly loop trail.

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