Little Grand Canyon Trail

Jackson County, Illinois

Distance3.0mi
Elevation Gain2,170ft
Trailhead Elevation733ft
Top733ft
Elevation Min/Max352/733ft
Elevation Start/End733/733ft

Little Grand Canyon Trail

Little Grand Canyon Trail is a hiking trail in Jackson County, Illinois. It is three miles long and begins at 733 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,170 feet. The Hickory Ridge Lookout Tower (elevation 725 feet) tower is near the trailhead.

Little Grand Canyon Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This loop hike in the Shawnee National F orest features exposed bluffs, an erosion- carved canyon, a seasonal w aterfall, and several rock overhangs, making it one of the most interesting areas in the entire region. The parking area offers several picnic sites and an outhouse for visitors looking to enjoy a longer stay."

"Little Grand Canyon is a little-known hideaway that’s worth the drive from St. Louis. You’ll hike down stone steps cut in steep, fantastically eroded slick-rock chutes into a moist bottomland guarded by 300-foot cliffs. Your reward for climbing out of the canyon’s depths is a panoramic view of the Mississippi River valley and the distant Missouri hills."

Little Grand Canyon Trail Reviews

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7/7/2018
Excellent work out. Well blazed. Really enjoyed it.
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6/7/2013
Great trail. Unable to get into the canyon from one entrance due to the rains flooding part of the canyon. Moderate to difficult in parts, but well worth the trek.
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Trail Information

Jackson County
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Trail of Tears State Forest
Local Contacts
Gorham USGS topo
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Aug 2018