Illinois may be best known for the bustling metropolis that is Chicago, but the southern part of the state is actually rich with natural landscapes that cater to hikers, campers, and all other sorts of outdoor enthusiasts. One place of interest is aptly named Little Grand Canyon, a box canyon that has been carved through the lush Shawnee National Forest by erosive forces for thousands of years. In it is the Little Grand Canyon Trail, a 3.6 mile loop that takes visitors through elevation changes of more than 350 feet to panoramic views of the Big Muddy River and the vast forest of oaks and hickories below the highest vantage point. Adventurers will be treated to interesting geological formations and plenty of wildlife sightings along a trail that is feasible for kids and adults alike. Check out this footage of the sights you can expect to see during a visit to Illinois’ Little Grand Canyon.
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