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Jackson Falls  

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Jackson falls has the largest number of climbing routes in Illinois. Located in a forest canyon the 30-70 foot walls offer slopers, various sized pockets, roofs, and slabs. Jackson Falls is in the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois. It can get hot and humid in the summer but there's plenty of shade.

Getting There 

From I24 turn North on highway 45 turn right (East) on Ozark road for about 4.5 miles. Turn left on Trigg Tower Road to the first farmhouse and turn right. The parking is about 2 miles down the dirt road just before crossing the creek.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.1 miles from here

265 Total Routes

['4 Stars',36],['3 Stars',134],['2 Stars',70],['1 Star',10],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Jackson Falls:
Chicken Shack   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch   Mr. Jimmy
Luscious Babes   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport   Mr. Jimmy
Blue Spark   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Spleef Peak
Fine Nine   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   Lovely Tower
Master Marley   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Spleef Peak
Venom   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   Mr. Jimmy
Cheerio Bowl   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Hidden Peaks
Group Therapy   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   The Gallery
Into the Sun   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Railroad Area
Lovely Arete   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 35'   Lovely Tower
Naked Blade   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Hidden Peaks
Wild at Heart   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   Railroad Area
Blue Velvet   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   Railroad Area
The Reckoning   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport   Battle Axe Tower
Hidden Treasures   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 40'   Lovely Tower
Who Need's Friends   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   The Beaver Wall
Detox Mountain   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Hidden Peaks
Everybody Needs Friends   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   The Beaver Wall
Bursting Out   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport   Battle Axe Tower
Viking Blood   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport   Battle Axe Tower
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Featured Route For Jackson Falls
Captain Crunch. Crux.

Captain Crunch 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  IL : Jackson Falls : Hidden Peaks
A way cool line up the middle of Pricker Peak. Follow the line to the bulge. Pull that, then finish up....[more]   Browse More Classics in IL

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Jackson Falls
Jackson Falls
Yosemite Slab V2, Jackson Falls, So Ill
Yosemite Slab V2, Jackson Falls, So Ill
bsd on Detox Mountain 5.12a
bsd on Detox Mountain 5.12a
Here is a accurate and to-scale map of Jackson Falls that I created using Google Earth.  If you google search "Jackson Falls" you can find and use the interactive map. enjoy
BETA PHOTO: Here is a accurate and to-scale map of Jackson Fal...
The Yosemite Slab.
The Yosemite Slab.
Beautiful falls.
Beautiful falls.
Jackson Falls in winter.  Feb. '09.
Jackson Falls in winter. Feb. '09.
Matte Kirk on Juicey Fruit
Matte Kirk on Juicey Fruit
Here's a map based loosely off the map in the Ulner guide, but done from memory. Red ATCs represent accessible anchors for rap points, brown paths over the cliff represent places I know are safe to scramble in. Blue is the creek bed, and brown are the cut across paths. The paths2013-09-289508.53.34.jpg2013-09-289508.53.34.jpg on the bottom and top of the cliff are not marked
BETA PHOTO: Here's a map based loosely off the map in the Ulne...
The falls from the top.  Feb. '09.
The falls from the top. Feb. '09.
Yosemite Slab
Yosemite Slab
SteveZ and I at Jackson Falls, February 09, a gift of a winter day.  Alas the next day was a blizzard.
SteveZ and I at Jackson Falls, February 09, a gift...
Frozen falls near the Dog Walk area.  Feb. '09.
Frozen falls near the Dog Walk area. Feb. '09.
jackson falls
jackson falls
send train on yosemite slab <br />Photo by Branden Michelkamp
send train on yosemite slab Photo by Branden Miche...
Jackson Falls, not sure what route...
Jackson Falls, not sure what route...
Climbing at Jackson Falls.
Climbing at Jackson Falls.
yosemite slab <br />Photo by Branden Michelkamp
yosemite slab Photo by Branden Michelkamp
Jackson Falls
Jackson Falls
spiderman <br />Photo by Jace Johnson
spiderman Photo by Jace Johnson

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By Ladd Raine
From: Plymouth, NH
Nov 28, 2007
Dr. Topo guidebook
By Christian M. Lenn
From: Evansville,IN
Jun 4, 2008
Vertical Heartland,Eric Ulner The comprehensive guidebook for southern illinois
By Chris treggE
From: Madison, WI
Feb 22, 2009
The Dr. Topo guide says turn right on Glenn Falls Road, which apparently has been renamed Street Road. The rest is accurate.
By Dave Pool
Mar 10, 2009
I don't know how to add the lat/long stuff to this post but these are the coordinates according to Google Earth: 3729'40"N 8839'55"W
By Bob Kryzer
From: Minnesota
Apr 29, 2009
The most beautiful climbing area I have ever been to. Large amounts of rock and amazing routes!
By Ben May
From: Escondido, CA
Nov 20, 2010
Is anyone planning on climbing here durring Christmass?

I have trad gear if necessary. I'll be in town visiting and will be looking for a partner if the weather isn't formidable.
By Chris treggE
From: Madison, WI
Dec 11, 2010
A lot of the routes posted for Jackson Falls contain sparse info.

If you post something better or more descriptive, or have any FA info, etc, post a comment under the route and I'll fix it. Thanks.
By jeremy ward
From: las vegas, nevada
Jan 12, 2011
Beautiful area! No matter how many destinations I go to Jackson will always be a favorite of mine. Amazing sandstone sport climbing, free camping and you can have the place pretty much to yourself during the week!
By Chicagio
Jun 6, 2011
Sorry to double post but this didn't seem appropriate for a condition report.
After an intense day of climbing this campground was about 25 minutes away and had hot showers for $3 a person. They also sell ice and firewood.
By Juggler
Oct 25, 2011
Looking to see if anyone want to fly(in a plane) down with me for the wknd. to Jackson Falls leaving Friday(10/28) AM and returning Sun. Aft?

LMK and I will send you the cost sharing details. Flying makes a 6 hr drive a 2 hour flight. LMK right away- Thanks
By Ted Peterson
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 8, 2012
MP is great for new routes and getting the lay of the land, but if you are going to be spending some time at the Falls, might as well buy the guidebook and support the local climbing community. Vertical Heartland, 3rd edition. Order online, from Eric, or pick it up at Shawnee Trails in Carbondale. FYI, there are many new sport routes not in the guidebook, so perhaps MP is great as an addendum.
By wyattj8
Jan 5, 2013
Hey guys, I am new to the area and am looking for some partners to climb with on the weekends mostly. I am starting a new job at Land Between the Lake in KY on Jan 7th. I have been climbing for about 8 years now and am a capable climber and belayer, no sketchy shit here! So if you wouldn't mind meeting someone new to climb with either email me at wyattj8@yahoo.com or call me at 615-438-8927.

By Collin Carlier
From: Champaign, Illinois
May 25, 2014
I'm going to be camping around this area the weekend of 5/31/14 and am looking for someone willing to loan a rope. I would gladly pay a rental fee. Just message me here in the comments. Thanks!
By Grey Satterfield
Jun 4, 2014
How does the rock hold up after the rain? Will moist holds break off? I want to climb here this weekend but the weather looks threatening.
By Dreez
Jun 12, 2014
We tried to climb when it was moist and not possible. All the holds have buckets of water and moss and fungus in them. You have to let it dry out for a couple days.

We camped at:

Cedar Lake Campground for 2 nights $15/night. Wifi, electricity, showers, super friendly people. Showers need to be cleaned and redone but usable.
But this is about 5 miles from JF.