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Little Grand Canyon Trail is a 3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Pomona, Illinois that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.0 mi Elevation gain 459 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Rock climbing

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Partially paved

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Rocky

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Getting There

There are a couple of places where you have to climb down into the canyon through the creek bed. It can be slippery and difficult when the creek is flowing. Must have good footwear for this trail. Beautiful trail, but the technical aspects are why it is rated as difficult. Follow the white blazes and hike when it is drier outside and you should have a more "moderate hike" experience.

Parking, accessible restrooms, picnic area with grills, and interpretive signs. Site closed 10:00 pm to 6:00 am (day-use only).

Shawnee National Forest Headquarters 50 Hwy 145 South Harrisburg, IL 62946 (618) 253-7114

From Murphysboro, take Highway 127 south 6 miles to Etherton Rd.; then west 6.4 miles.* From Alto Pass, take Highway 127 north 8 miles to Etherton Rd.; then west 6.4 miles. * From Murphysboro Work Center office, take 20th Street south 1.5 miles to Hickory Ridge Rd.; then south 5.5 miles to the site. * At this point follow the directional signs. Do not turn left onto N Jungle Road. This is a dead end. Continue on Hoffman Road.

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sydnni ahlheim
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HikingBugsMuddyRocky

this is a pretty hard trail but it was beautiful. there are two beautiful carved canyon but you do have to climb down it and water runs down and up and it is slick. large bluffs and cliffs. its just a great trail but its hard. there are alot of bugs. when it has rained this may be an even harder trail. be aware.

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Katie Mancuso
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Peter Nuar
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble
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Gina Ball
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Hiked June 15, 2020. Lots of shade. To the outlook not difficult. The hike has a warning sign, difficult. It was the most difficult trail I have hiked, but not as hard as I expected.

Melanie Luley
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Hiking

Great trail with pretty overlook! Some rocks to climb. If it has rained, use caution as rocks can be slippery and part of the trail is low lying. Overall super nice trail!

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Muhd Hilwan
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HikingMuddyScramble

A really interesting and enjoyably fun trail! My wife and I really enjoyed the sceneries along with scrambling through the little canyons. It was really all fun. Beautiful rock walls lined the route down the river floor. And more beautiful canyons to scramble through. Bring a spare set of clothes and shoes in the car as you tend to get muddy and might want to change out. Bring some snacks too. And bug spray is a must. Took my wife and I close to 1 hr 45 min to make the entire loop along with stops to take lots of photos.

Lisa Stark
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HikingBugs

This is a fairly difficult trail. There is some climbing involved. I tried to bring my husky with me but he was too scared to go down into the canyon because there was a fairly big drop he had to climb down. I was still able to hike a mile and a half before he refused to go further. There were a ton of mosquitoes inside the canyon. Regardless, this is a beautiful hike and absolutely worth it. I would really like to go back and do the whole thing without the dog.

CJ F
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Hiking

This is an amazingly beautiful place, but being sure-footed & a walking stick is almost a necessity. I went after a long dry spell, & would not recommend it in wetter weather due to slippery rocks. The day I was there an ambulance was taking someone out who had fallen. Mosquitoes are BAD in the canyon, so go prepared. I would not recommend taking young children here.

Rez Behnam
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HikingBugsRockyScramble

Challenging hike with rock scrambling, steep pitches and long inclines. Wear hiking shoes/boots. Scrambling down the rocks in the 2 canyons was slick. Bring bug spray. The mosquitoes in the valley are plentiful and aggressive. Takes about 1;45 hours. Good fun and challenging

Melinda Luber
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HikingBugsScramble

Short fairly easy scrambles (looks like precut steps in the rock in a lot of places although slippery without much to grab) into and out of the canyon, pretty rocks in the canyon, canyon + up/down probably about 1.25 miles maybe? trail above the canyon is just standard woods, nothing fancy.

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Steph S
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Hiking

Very nice hike with beautiful scenery. Rocks can be extremely slippery. Very worthwhile hike.

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Kathy M
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Hiking

Clockwise was the best choice for me as my knees prefer the steeper part to be uphill. So head down by the bathrooms. (That part is less steep) Lucky the trail was basically dry as wet would have made it much harder for me. Be prepared to scoot down some ledges on your bottom. And definitely bring bug spray

Colleen Melton
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Hiking

Mosquitos were bad in the canyon. Water was low so the rocks weren’t too slippery! Very glad I took a walking stick though.

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Y Marie Marchal
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Hiking

Overall it was a great trail. A little muddy at spots but totally worth it.

Jennifer Kramm
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Qasim Alharbi
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Hiking

Good

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Tracy Kistner
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Hiking

Great trail! Nice view into the canyon. The hike was super easy! Plenty of shade. I didn’t get to see any wildlife.

Erica Schramek
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Bugs

Great hike! Although the last .8 miles of all uphill climb was rough. Lots of mosquitoes and I came home with my first tick. The parking lot was pretty full and we probably passed 20 other groups on the trail. The facilities were open and pretty clean. We brought our two year old. He was able to navigate most of the trail but had some difficulty due to loose gravel in some of the downhill areas. He loved climbing the waterfall at the end.

Jennifer Lee
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Julie Anderson
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Hiking

Great trail. A little buggy at times.

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Ian Reed
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HikingBugs

Good hike, moderate difficulty with a good view. BUGS.

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