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."
--JD Tanner, Best Hikes Near St. Louis (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Steve Henry, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: St. Louis (Menasha Ridge Press).
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