by Joe Dorish on 07/08/09 at 10:34 am
Illinois has some wonderful waterfalls and most of them are within a few hours drive of Chicago.
Illinois has some beautiful waterfalls with one major catch. Most of the waterfalls are concentrated along the canyon bluffs above the Illinois River and these waterfalls tend to be very seasonal meaning they will run dry during periods of little or no rainfall. So if you are going to see the waterfalls located in both Matthiessen and Starved Rock State Parks and want to see the falls running make sure you go after rainfall. And be careful around these falls as people have fallen to their deaths climbing around the tops of these canyon waterfalls.
St. Louis Canyon Falls
This beautiful waterfall is located at the head of St. Louis Canyon which is one of the many sandstone canyons in Starved Rock State Park in north-central Illinois. St. Louis Canyon Falls drops some 80 spectacular feet along the St. Louis Canyon Creek. To reach Starved Creek State Park from I-80 take Route 178 south where you will see multiple entrances.
Lake Falls is a beautiful 35 foot high waterfall along a tributary of the Vermillion River located in the upper most part of the Upper Dells section of Matthiessen State Park in north-central Illinois just east of Ogelsby. To reach Lake Falls from I-80 take Route 178 south for roughly 4 miles and look for the Dells Area of Matthiessen State Park on the right where the trail head to the falls is located.
Ferne Clyffe Falls
Ferne Clyffe Falls is located in Ferne Clyffe State Park in southern Illinois near Goreville where Happy Hollow Creek falls and slides some 50 total feet over the cliff and down the rocks. You can see some water down the rocks here but after a heavy rain you will also see the water going over the cliff just above. Ferne Clyffe Falls can be reached along Route 37 just south of Goreville and from I-24 by taking Tunnel Hill Road west.
French Canyon Falls