Little Grand Canyon Trail

Jackson County, Illinois

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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.
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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.
Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Jackson County
Distance: 3.0
Elevation Gain: 2,170 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 733 feet
Top Elevation: 733 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Little Grand Canyon Trail
Elevation Min/Max: 352/733 ft
Elevation Start/End: 733/733 ft
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6/7/2013
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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.


8/15/2008
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May 2018