Ferne Clyffe contains more than 2430 acres in three parcels of land that span across Johnson and part of Jackson County. The site has a number of impressive geological features including a 100 foot intermittent waterfall and a 150 foot long shelter bluff. The 53 acre Round Bluff nature preserve contains a diverse mix of unusual plants, rare trees, and is one of the few spots where the Six-lined Racerunner lizard is easy to see in Illinois. An unusual mix of mosses and lichens grow on the rocks and ferns line the cliff faces of the bluff. The 16-acre lake and campgrounds are also popular attractions.

Ornithological Summary

This site was chosen as an IBA because it met the criteria for Chuck-will's-widow


Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Rt.37, P.O. Box 10
Goreville, IL 62939

Land Use

Uses of the park include a large class-a campground, walk-in camping, and many equestrian and hiking trails. Hunting is permitted in about 1700 acres of the site.

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