Explore the most popular walking trails near Goreville with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

on Round Bluff Trail

4 days ago

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

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.

The trail was very easy with a moderately trafficked gravel pathway. We went in the afternoon as that morning there was heavy rainfall. We noted that the creek leading up to the waterfall was dried up and once at the waterfall found that it was dried up as well. There is a split path that allows you to climb to the top of the waterfall to explore the rocky area. There were fellow hikers at the waterfall when we arrived and we were informed that the waterfall only runs in the spring time despite recent rains. We did bring both of our Siberian huskies and found it was easy to navigate.

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

Very flat hike. In and then back out on the same trail. Waterfall was not running as it is the dry season. But still an awesome easy trail. Benches near the falls for anyone who walks in and wants to relax and absorb nature without having to sit on rocks or the ground.

hiking
1 month ago

Small inclines to beautiful overhang. Nice little loop.

1 month ago

beautiful trail

Fun trail but has little in the way of signs. We took a wrong turn and ended up on another trail. The whole area was beautiful!

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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

Grrrrr, Arrrrh, Urrrrr!

Easy hike. Waterfall is beautiful when leaves are green. be careful and don't climb on the waterfall it is very slippery.

This is a great little trail that leads to a beautiful waterfall. I went a day after heavy rains and it seemed to be the right time to go.There are 2 ways to start this trail, there is a moderate trail head by the campsites and an easy trailhead by the picnic areas. Both leading to the same place. If you start from the Picnic areas it is graveled/ dirt path to the waterfall, pretty flat, but there are numerous trails that go up into the rocks and waterfalls along the way. the main trail I do not believe is 2 miles, but I did a little exploring on the extra paths which made it longer. Very doggo friendly,my doggo loved it. through out the park and other trails I went on, not many trail heads,but more then likely you will always find a good path that will lead the way.

on Hawk's Cave Trail

hiking
3 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
3 months ago

A very nice hike after the first 1.5 . It was pretty muddy on the trail back but still liked the hike and the features.

Well-maintained path. Perfect for an easy walk. The waterfall was beautiful today.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy trail. Very pretty walk thru valley with rock walls. Waterfall was very pretty and running strong when we saw it. Worth the walk.

This is a great little hike. Short trail with a beautiful waterfall. Good year-round! I love climbing up the waterfall at the end.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice hike up a drainage following a small creek.

hiking
5 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.

Did this last year but it was in the dry part of the season. Trail was easy to hike and a great starter for kids. There was a waterfall at the end of it but just trickling due to lack of rainfall so suggest just after a good rain. Easy access trails from the campsite and close to other trail heads. Over all ‘ relaxing’.

Go during the winter! Seeing the waterfall frozen over is amazing

Gorgeous especially after a good rain! I thought we may never make it as fun as the kiddos were having playing in the creek on the way. Bluffs were gorgeous, too!

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
8 months ago

falls were dry but very nice walk.

8 months ago

Love this trail, once you figure out how to navigate it, it’s a breeze. I don’t know what it is about Fern Clyffe but it smells so good! Word of caution though, if it’s the wet season be ready to cross some water and get your feet wet!

hiking
10 months ago

Super peaceful atmosphere. No trash anywhere to be found. Beautiful ferns and pines.

10 months ago

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!

Excellent trail.

hiking
10 months ago

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.

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