All About The Ferne Clyffe State Park

Ferne Clyffe State Park has been regarded as one of the most beautiful locations in Illinois for a long time. As a matter of fact, before it was even a state park, a tourism group named Ferne Clyffe “the most beautiful spot in Illinois”. That happened in 1923 and the park has gone through a significant number of changes and improvements since then. However, the nature itself remains nearly identical.

The Stats.

The park stretches out for an impressive 2,430 acres and is located in Johnson County. The state of Illinois purchased the land to designate as the park in 1949. Within the park, you will find beautiful forests, cliffs, caves, waterfalls, and limestone bluffs. There is also access to an artificial lake called the Ferne Clyffe Lake that was built in 1960.

The Life Of The Park.

The land was previously owned by Emma Rebman before being purchased by the state of Illinois. She, herself, had purchased the land from a variety of different land owners. In particular, she purchased a large section from L. Dennison and Associates.

She then had a road constructed that led from the land to the new village of Goreville. Today, Goreville remains the closest town to the state park. That road was officially closed down in 1973 due to safety concerns. A new road was constructed further south in the village. Overall, the villagers did not approve of the project or many changes that came afterward. For example, at one point, camping was not allowed in the park. Expansion to the park was later made with areas designated specifically for camping.

Plenty To Do.

There is quite a bit to do while visiting the park today. You can walk the numerous trails, enjoy the wildlife, and even visit the waterfalls, though if you go there you should have a boating accident attorney on standby. The park allows for camping, fishing, hunting, and hiking. There are also several recreational facilities located throughout the 2,430 acres.

If you are interested in seeing the sights Ferne Clyffe has to offer, please watch the following video:

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