Ferne Clyffe State Park

Ferne Clyffe State Park is an Illinois state park on 2,430 acres (983 ha) in Johnson County, Illinois, United States. The nearest town is Goreville, Illinois, and the nearest connection to a limited-access highway is at Exit 7 on the Illinois portion of Interstate 24. The land for the park was purchased by the state in 1949 from Emma Rebman, and the park is currently operated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). The original entrance to the park, located on the outskirts of Goreville, was found to be a potentially hazardous driving route, and was replaced by a new entrance located on Illinois Route 37 in the early 1980s. Although traffic upon it has been practically non-existent since 1982, Ferne Clyffe is also accessible to US Bicycle Route 76 by way of a spur trail along the east side of IL 37.

Ferne Clyffe State Park
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Waterfall at Ferne Clyffe State Park, Big Rocky Hollow Trail, June 2009
Map showing the location of Ferne Clyffe State Park
Map showing the location of Ferne Clyffe State Park
Map of the U.S. state of Illinois showing the location of Ferne Clyffe State Park
LocationJohnson County, Illinois, USA
Nearest cityGoreville, Illinois
Coordinates37°31′46″N 88°58′58″W / 37.52944°N 88.98278°W / 37.52944; -88.98278Coordinates: 37°31′46″N 88°58′58″W / 37.52944°N 88.98278°W / 37.52944; -88.98278
Area2,430 acres (983 ha)
Governing bodyIllinois Department of Natural Resources

Natural FeaturesEdit

Ferne Clyffe's acreage holds a number of notable geographic features, including limestone bluffs, naturally forested woodlands, cliff caves, and several small seasonal waterfalls fed by runoff from the upper bluffs in the area.

Ferne Clyffe LakeEdit

In the late 1950s, the IDNR constructed an earthen dam across Buck Branch Creek. An artificial lake, Ferne Clyffe Lake, had filled by 1960.


  • "Ferne Clyffe State Park". Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Archived from the original on 2007-04-02. Retrieved 2018-07-11.
  • "Ferne Clyffe Lake, southeast Illinois". findlakes.com. Retrieved 2008-05-24.
  • USGS. "Ferne Clyffe State Park, USGS Goreville (IL) Quad". TopoQuest. Retrieved 2008-07-05.