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Ferne Clyffe State Park

Illinois Route 37, Goreville, Illinois 62939 USA

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Opens Thu 8a
  • Independent
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair
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  • Public
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“impressive waterfalls and caves”

Ferne Clyffe has been known as an outstanding natural scenic spot for nearly 100 years. An abundance of ferns, unique geological features and unusual plant communities create an atmosphere that enhances the many recreational facilities offered at the park. Trails wind through picturesque woods, allowing visitors to view fascinating rock formations and inspiring vistas. Ferne Clyffe also offers camping, picnicking, hiking, hunting and fishing.Located on Illinois Route 37, just one mile south of Goreville and 12 miles south of Marion, the 2,430-acre Johnson County park is easily accessible from both I-57 and I-24. Impressive rock formations can be seen from almost all of the park trails, but two of the best-known sights are Hawks' Cave, a 150-foot-long shelter bluff, and a 100-foot-tall intermittent waterfall on the Big Rocky Hollow trail.

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Reviewed by
deg1979

  • 7 Reviews
  • 11 Helpful
August 22, 2014
Rated 5.0

Gorgeous park. We were just passing through, so we didn't go on trails. I wish we'd had more time. There are lots of picnic areas with playgrounds. Beautiful area. Several miles off the interstate, but worth it when you're needing a break! Next time I pass through, I want to check out the trail with the waterfall!

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
driveme

  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
May 03, 2016
Rated 5.0

Great place for a quick hike. Very cool cliffs and rocks. Nice lake and picnic area. Don't miss it!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Greek_nomad

  • Road Warrior
  • 401 Reviews
  • 289 Helpful
September 19, 2014
Rated 5.0

This place is a hidden treasure next to Goreville. Natural lovers like me and my whole family, will surely fall in love with this site.

The rocks are sculpted from the weather conditions and as you walk through the trails you can imagine being at an external art gallery.

A great amount of people where wandering around so we didn't feel lost for a second, although this place is massive.

The kids insisted to go fishing but it we weren't dressed appropriately for this, so we just walked and enjoyed a lunch break at the picnic areas!

Next time we visit we promised each other to go fishing and camping.
It is totally worth it.!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
jesse.m.culver

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
July 13, 2014

so much fun and very beautiful!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Katie

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
June 14, 2022
Rated 5.0

Tent camped in the Deer Ridge campground, north loop. Sites were well marked and well kept. The bathhouse was fairly standard for state parks but they were clean and the showers were comfortable.

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Reviewed by
taurasuzanne

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
December 07, 2020
Rated 5.0

Beautiful park, fun hikes with beautiful rock formations. Park staff friendly, bathrooms & showers standard state park facilities, no-pay showers. Play structure and lots of swings for children. I’m so happy we stopped here! So beautiful and peaceful, I’d come here again in a heartbeat.

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Reviewed by
rjdenissen

  • 9 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
March 09, 2019
Rated 5.0

Stopped in early spring and the waterfall was frozen. Really awesome sight to see.

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maryannponder

  • 23 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
March 10, 2018
Rated 5.0

Very pleasant and beautiful park

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Reviewed by
Meg Lego

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
March 29, 2017
Rated 5.0

Beautiful hike! We stopped and had a picnic and let the kids and dog stretch their legs. It was better than we expected. We didn't see the waterfall but the trail we went on had amazing cliffs and rock formations.

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Reviewed by
driveme

  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
May 03, 2016
Rated 5.0

Great place for a quick hike. Very cool cliffs and rocks. Nice lake and picnic area. Don't miss it!

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Ferne Clyffe State Park

Illinois Route 37
Goreville, Illinois
62939 USA

Hours

Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
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State park or forest
Max Length
40 ft
Sites Count
59
  • Paved Sites
  • Fifty Amp
  • Full Hookup
  • Pull Through
  • Tent Sites
  • Dump Station
  • Big Rigs
  • Potable Water
  • Pull Through RV Sites
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  • Sewer Hookup
  • Showers
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  • Standard Tent Sites
  • Water Hookup
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