Little Grand Canyon Trail
From Murphysboro, take Highway 127 south 6 miles to Etherton Rd
Over time, erosion has carved this deep box canyon exposing its majestic bluffs. A cool and lush bottomland habitat thrives on the canyon floor. Along the upper portions of the trail visitors encounter expansive views of the colorful cliffs, the Big Muddy River and the Mississippi River floodplain. The canyon floor showcases seasonal waterfalls, large sandstone overhangs and towering beech and sycamore trees. A 3.6-mile loop trail that has drastic changes in elevation - from 350 to 700 feet at the trailhead. In one 1/4-mile section the trails rises 300 to 400 feet. The trail follows rocky creek beds, winds next to sheer, majestic bluffs. From the higher elevations there are panoramic views of the canyon, the Big Muddy River bottoms and Fountaim Bluff. Interpretive signs explain the geological history.
Experience the natural beauty and heritage of the Shawnee National Forest. Protect the Forest for yourself and others. Welcome to a rich hiking experience on the Shawnee National Forest! While over 300 miles of trails are marked, 30 miles are for hiking only. Trails traverse the hills and valleys of the Shawnee Hills and the Illinois Ozarks….