River to River Trail and Shawnee Forest Exploration
River to River Trail Hike
Rocky Bluff Trail

Rocky Bluff Trail

Rocky bluff trail is at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge South of the dam somewhat. You do need a permit to park there at $2 a car but the National Parks pass will cover it. You can get a pass at the visitors center or online. This is a moderate 1.9mile trail with a couple of rocky places to navigate.

It is a loop with most of the bluffs and the HUGE waterfall close to the trailhead on the left part of the loop. We hiked it counterclockwise because there was a class of geology students visiting from Logan College and they were gone before we got to the bluffs. Very nice well kept trail with several bridges over a couple ravines.

There is a shortcut if you don’t have much time that loops you around the most scenic areas. It connects to a trail running North and South that looks like a roadbed Called Turkey Run (maybe) And follows it a short way, all very well marked with “You are here” maps every so often.

Top of the waterfall. Use common sense. LONG way down. No water running this trip.

We will be back after a good rain to see this waterfall flowing in person.