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Ferne Clyffe State Park, Goreville

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Ferne Clyffe State Park is an Illinois state park on 2430acre in Johnson County, Illinois, United States. The nearest town is Goreville, Illinois, and the nearest connection to a limited-access highway is at Exit 7 on the Illinois portion of Interstate 24. The land for the park was purchased by the state in 1949 from Emma Rebman, and the park is currently operated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). The original entrance to the park, located on the outskirts of Goreville, was found to be a potentially hazardous driving route, and was replaced by a new entrance located on Illinois Route 37 in the early 1980s. Although traffic upon it has been practically non-existent since 1982, Ferne Clyffe is also accessible to US Bicycle Route 76 by way of a spur trail along the east side of IL 37.Natural FeaturesFerne Clyffe's acreage holds a number of notable geographic features, including limestone bluffs, naturally forested woodlands, cliff caves, and several small seasonal waterfalls fed by runoff from the upper bluffs in the area.Ferne Clyffe LakeIn the late 1950s, the IDNR constructed an earthen dam across Buck Branch Creek. An artificial lake, Ferne Clyffe Lake, had filled by 1960.
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  • We stopped at Ferne Clyffe State Park while traveling in the Shawnee Hills. It was a really beautiful little park. The main waterfall wasn't flowing when we visited but the gorge is beautiful and...  more »
  • Very interesting Round Bluff Nature Preserve trail with ferns, moss and lichen growing in abundance on sandstone cliffs. Very vibrant colors.  more »
  • Fantastic park with many hiking trails, a beautiful lake, many picnic areas, and excellent campgrounds. The tent camping (class C) is quite far from the RV camping (class A) and is much more wooded and secluded. The shower house at the RV campground is available for all types of campers to use when open. There are train tracks near the park somewhere and the train whistle can be heard in the middle of the night. Can't wait to return!
  • Was recommended to go here, it was not nearly as cool as we thought or was told. There was no water at the waterfall and trails were somewhat boring. I just had high expectations for the place after going to Garden of the Gods and Rim Ridge.

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