Can one waterfall hold the title of “Most Visited Waterfall in Southern Illinois”? The answer is a resounding, Yes!
Ferne Clyffe Main Waterfall
Location: Ferne Clyffe State Park
Managed: Illinois DNR
Ferne Clyffe Falls is located in the 2,430-acre Ferne Clyffe State Park just outside of Goreville. There are two ways to reach this waterfall. The first is via the Waterfall Trail near the campground, but the Big Rocky Hollow Trail head is the most accessible and has ample parking. The parking area is, also, a great hub to visit trails, such as Hawk’s Cave and the Blackjack Oak trail.
Big Rocky Hollow Trail is a .75 mile round-trip level hike that leads to the base of this classic waterfall. The trail follows along a creek and requires one crossover.
According to park brochures this fall measures 100-foot, but independent measurements are around 65-70 feet.
The fall is broken up into two sections. The first is a 50-foot free-fall, the second is an elegant cascade that flows for 15-20 foot to a vary shallow plunge-pool. A scenic shelter lies behind the free- falling section.
As an added bonus there are side falls that flows from high above and then separates into two horsetail falls that glide down a sheer wall.
With all this beauty, it definitely deserves the title of “Most Visited Waterfall In Southern Illinois”.
CAUTION: The following map is only an approximation of where the waterfall is located and should not be used for driving directions or navigating.
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