If you are hankering for a waterfall hike or scenic overlook, we have a treat for you. Take a waterfall road trip through Illinois that you’ll never forget. This is the best vacation you can take if you love nature, scenic views, and fresh air. These six waterfalls in southern Illinois are some of the best in the state. You can check them out below.

With so many great waterfalls in southern Illinois, we are just getting the party started. Are there any other stops you would make on this waterfall road trip? If so, please share them with us in the comments. Also, if you have a favorite waterfall in Illinois that you enjoy visiting, please share that with us as well.

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What are three of the best waterfall hikes in Illinois?

There are several hiking trails with waterfalls in Illinois. Listed below are three of the best waterfall hikes in Illinois. Because they each have an easy rating of difficulty, everyone should be able to hike them.

1. Waterfall Glen Trail: Located within Illinois' Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve is the Waterfall Glen Trail, a 9.3-mile loop trail that's mostly used for hiking, mountain biking, and running. The best time of year to explore this waterfall trail is from April through October.

2. Saint Louis Canyon Trail: Illinois' Saint Louis Canyon Trail is located within Starved Rock State Park. People primarily use this 2.1-mile, out-and-back trail for hiking, walking, and running. May through October is the best time of the year to use the Saint Louis Canyon Trail.

3. Redman Trail: Ferne Clyffe State Park is home to Illinois' popular Redman Trail. This .4-mile loop trail might be short and sweet, but it's still worth taking. A lot of people choose to camp and hike along this easy trail, which is great for visiting any time of the year.

What's one of the tallest waterfalls in Illinois that everyone should experience in person?

Illinois is filled with numerous waterfalls of all sizes. One of the state's tallest and most-visited waterfalls is Burden Falls, which is located within the Shawnee National Forest in Pope County. This beautiful, multi-tiered waterfall has an overall drop of around 100 feet. Keep in mind, if you do plan to visit Burden Falls in Illinois, the rocks can sometimes be quite slippery, especially following heavy rainfall. You'll want to always be extra cautious.

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