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If you park at the trailhead, you will walk a relatively straight path 1/4 mile before reaching the top of the falls, overlooking the canyon below. My partner and I took the path to the left in hopes of finding a way down into the...More
The Jackson Falls area is by far my favorite area of Shawnee National Forest. We have been there several times to primitive camp and hike. The trails are beautiful and the rock formations are amazing. It's a great place to 'get away' and reconnect with...More
The road can be tricky to navigate, but once at the parking lot, it's an easy hike to the falls. There's a swimming hole at the base of the falls, good mushroom hunting along the way, and great little camping spots/fire pits. Water is a...More
As a native Chicagoan, who is used to tall buildings and flat landscapes and lots of paved roads, I wasn't aware of all the wonders--or even the presence--of Shawnee National Forest until I was a college graduate. In the last 25 years, since I began...More