Ferne Clyffe State Park
Ferne Clyffe State Park has to be one of our favorite weekend stomps. It’s close to home and has a lot of areas to explorer. Usually when we go to Ferne Clyffe, we think that it’s a shame more people don’t visit it. We didn’t have the feeling on our most recent visit as the park was packed!
We have explored Ferne Clyffe in all seasons and the summer is a great time to see the namesake ferns on the cliffs, growing in their full glory. It’s also a great time to seek out the prickly pear cactus, the only cactus native to Illinois, on the Round Bluffs trail. Fall is perfect for spotting eagles amongst the autumn foliage on the lake trail. The main roads to the trails closes for winter; if you start at the campground, you can find Bork’s Waterfall Trail and finding the waterfall frozen over on a cold day is worth the effort.
That brings us to early spring and our experience for the past weekend. We hiked Hawk’s Cave, Goreville Scout, and part of Rebman’s Trail. These were trails we had never explored and the entire area was full of early spring flowers and blooming Redbud trees. The streams and waterfalls were flowing and birds and butterflies were abundant.
Shane and Jessica
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