Southern Illinois boasts some of the best hiking in the entire Midwest. This is a good thing if your a nature enthusiast. With so many awesome attractions in one area, it becomes easy to overlook a few from time to time. Jackson Falls is located in Shawnee National Forest at Glen St Falls Road, in Simpson, Illinois. For more information, click here.

In this area of Shawnee National Forest, the Rim Rock Trail and Garden of the Gods demand most of the attention, however there is another place that should be part of your travel plans.

Jackson Falls is one of the best waterfalls in all of Illinois.  During the 5 mile hike to get to the base of the falls, you can also see two other waterfalls, along a beautiful canyon.

During the summer months, Jackson Falls is one of the most popular swimming holes in the state.  But what’s even more stunning is the rocks that surround this area. There are numerous sandstone bluffs and freestanding boulders.

The area is also a popular place for rock climbing.  In fact, there are 60 climbing locations to choose from, each about 50-60 feet in height.

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