Round Bluff Trail is a 1.1 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, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.1 miles Elevation Gain: 98 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching




wild flowers

Moderate trail, some steep inclines.

12 days ago

A nice hiking loop with a little bit of everything.

4 months ago

Very scenic trail with tall cliffs, unique rock formations, a small cave, and small, wet-weather streams. I recommend hiking this trail counter-clockwise, as that saves the really impressive scenery for the end of the hike.

4 months ago

Nice trail . Took 45 min with wife and 3 yr old plus a dog. Mostly woods and rock (bluff ) that you can see at distance. A general walk in the woods with LOTS OF STAIRS at the end. Very beautiful

7 months ago

A nice, easy trail. More of a walk in the woods than a hike. The abundance of ferns, mosses and lichens is just amazing and beautiful.

Nice rock formations but lots of spider webs.

10 months ago

I loved this trail! There are plenty of elevation changes to keep things interesting. It's a beautiful forest!

11 months ago

Beautiful and diverse trail, I wish it was longer but I will be spending a lot of time here and the surrounding trails for trail runs.

11 months ago

Great trail! Most of it was clearly marked/easy enough to follow. When I went there were a LOT of down trees so for that reason I'd say the trail was on the difficult side of moderate.

Tue May 28 2019

This was a decent trek with some nice scenery. Not as good as some other trails. There was moderate storm damage with downed trees.

Sun May 12 2019

Easy trail. Lots of downed trees at the beginning - easily passable. Some cool rock features.

Sun Apr 21 2019

Nice trail, maybe not as exciting as some of the other trails in Ferne Clyffe.

Wed Apr 17 2019

My only complaint- I wish it was longer. I run this trail regularly & its a good workout.

Sun Dec 30 2018

Beautiful trail we actually accidentally found thinking it was the waterfall trail (it’s not lol). It isn’t really difficult, but lots of uphill areas that if you’re not used to that will get your huffing and puffing :) but it was so worth it. Well marked, so can’t really get lost!

Mon Aug 13 2018

We did this trail yesterday and it's beautiful. Can't wait to see it in Spring and Fall.

Mon May 21 2018

Hiked May 2018. 3 year old walked the entire thing.

Fri Sep 29 2017

Trail was easy to follow and an easy hike! there are starting to be some leaves on the ground so you'll want to be careful of your footing in areas with lots of roots. There are several good places where you can climb up on the rocks that makes this harder and more fun!

Wed Apr 19 2017

Great trail for kids.

Sat Apr 15 2017

good warm up trail

Sun Apr 09 2017

Family friendly trail- our two year old loves this trail. Picturesque rock formations and many great photo opportunities during the walk. Well maintained and easy to follow.

Sun Mar 12 2017

Best hiked counter clockwise. First half of trail easy, then ends with hard, avg moderate. Second half has several tall staircases and is far more scenic with bluffs.

Fri Jul 15 2016


Tue Oct 13 2015

Decent trail

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