Wildcat Hollow Loop is a 3.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Mason, Illinois that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.3 miles
213 feet

dogs on leash


nature trips




hot springs





bridge out


over grown

historic site

The trail starts on the left and offers many scenic views including Fuller Creek, a hidden cave (easier to see in fall and winter), rock formations and small waterfalls. The trail winds past springs and among the bluffs common to the area. Wildcat Hollow State Habitat Area, located 15 miles south of Effingham and 2 miles north of Mason, is composed of 545 acres of forestland. Some of its oaks and sycamores approach state-record dimensions. Three designated parking areas allow walk-in access to the site's bedrock out-crops, springs and shelter bluffs. Wildcat Hollow State Habitat Area is managed by staff from Stephen A. Forbes State Park, and on-site personnel are not present.

3 months ago

Love this trail. Great trail for a good exercise and plenty of scenery to look at. Wish more people knew about this trail. Would love for this trail to get updated a little. Be a great trail if it was updated a little. Great place to explore caves and rock formations. Hope more people learn about this trail and start hiking out here. Be cool to run into another hiker!

4 months ago

Nice trail to see some wonderful scenery and get a good workout. Nice loop trail that passes by rock formations, a cave, waterfalls and beautiful scenery. I enjoyed the walk and the exercise on this trail. There are several spots to observe wonderful scenery. Plenty of nice spots to have a nice picnic out in the woods. The only bad thing is the trails need some work and clean up on some spots. A few bridges need in be put in a couple spots. Good idea to take good hiking boots and not be afraid to get dirty. Some spots u may have to climb or walk through some mud. Some spots with more markers and signs would help. Other than that this is a wonderful trail. A good place to spend a good hike on a nice day. Will be hiking here every season.

3 months ago

3 months ago