Did you explore the waterfalls of our 5 Cool Videos of Southern Illinois Waterfalls article and wonder if there were anymore waterfalls to discover in Southern Illinois?
The answer is a resounding, YES! Southern Illinois is the capital for intermittent waterfalls in Illinois. The make up of the Shawnee Hills, with it resistant sandstone bluffs and hilly topography, makes it a treasure-trove of both large & loud and small & hidden waterfalls.
Since these falls can be elusive, the best time to visit one is after the seasonal collisions of hot and cold air masses, but even in the summer they can pop up after a heavy downpour. So be on alert and remember to practice Waterfall Safety when exploring.
1. Burden Fallls
This is an absolute classic of the Shawnee National Forest. Located in its own wilderness area, Burden Falls Wilderness, this 35-foot waterfall tumbles into a picturesque canyon that is surrounded by other impressive waterfalls.
If you only have time to see one in Southern Illinois this may be the one. Check Out this article on Burden Falls.
2. Kinkaid Lake Spillway
This one is a litte bit of a cheat when it comes to being a waterfall. It is the only one that is man-made, but even with saying this it is the largest and most dramatic of any in Southern Illinois.
This 3-tiered giant cascade would still be impressive if each waterfall section were separated. Unlike many spillways in Southern Illinois this one is still open to the public.
The video below was taken during several days of heavy rain. During the dryer summer months it can slow down to a trickle, but is still worth the visit.
3. Ghost Dance Canyon Cascade
Officially a cascade, this multi-mini waterfalls is one of the best Cascades in Southern Illinois.
Located at Dixon Springs State Park, this boulder-chocked canyon is the result of erosion and a nearby fault-line. Car and house sized boulders appear to have stacked in this creek for our viewing enjoyment.
Check out our recent article of the area Ghost Dance Canyon is it the Best Cascade in Southern Illinois ?
Although waterfalls and cascades are beautiful they can also be deadly. Stay away from the edges and remember any rock that is wet can be slippery and dangerous. Most of all be alert and use common sense to get home alive. You are responsible to know your limitations and you skills. These areas are not for novices and extreme care must be taken. Do not cross any creek that is over several inches deep, without knowing proper rushing water skills. Read an article on a fellow photographer and nature explorer Ed Cooley on his brush with disaster at an Arkansas Waterfall.
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