Jackson Falls (Climbing Routes)
- ..Jackson Falls Recommended Routes.. (119)
- A.B. Wall (10)
- Applejack Wall (15)
- Basement (3)
- Battle Axe Tower (10)
- Beaver Wall (12)
- Belleville Wall (4)
- Big Star Wall (32)
- Black Sheep Boulder (5)
- Boner's Boulder (3)
- Clampett's Wall (8)
- Cobra (1)
- Dog Walk Area (2)
- Dolphin Rock (4)
- Doors (19)
- E.M.J. Wall (9)
- Exam Wall (18)
- Gallery (15)
- Gentleman's Grotto (2)
- Graduation Formation (3)
- Hidden Peaks (11)
- Higher Ed Zone (1)
- Hobo Cave (12)
- Lovely Tower (7)
- Manky Alcove (6)
- Map (0)
- Monument (6)
- Mr. Jimmy (11)
- Munchkin Boulder (4)
- North Falls Area (12)
- Pricker Peak (8)
- Promised Land (49)
- Railroad Rock (12)
- Railroad Rock Hallway (10)
- Rainy Day Roof (7)
- Ranch (20)
- Royal Arch Wall (15)
- S.S. Minnow (4)
- Snakes Roof (5)
- Spleef Peak (17)
- Town Square (4)
- Wave Wall (5)
- Wizard Wall (9)
- Yosemite Slab Wall (13)
About Jackson Falls (Climbing Routes):
Traditional, Bouldering, and Sport climbing.
If you plan on climbing at Jackson check out the online printable guide book at Dr Topo
It's only about 20-30 minutes from Cedar Bluff, Draper's Bluff, and Ferne Clyffe State Park.
Camping is available, but bring your own water. Not as much easy climbing as other southern Illinois destinations. Probably the average of all the ratings would be 12; lotsa 10s, though, and a good number of 11s, too; some 13s. There continues to be ongoing development of bolted and trad routes. There is plenty of bouldering, too; this is covered in the seperate bouldering section for Jackson Falls.
There's a public pit toilet, thanks to local advocacy and The Access Fund. No running water, other than the creek (not recommended). Rap down into the Falls at the end of the obvious trail from the right hand camping area, or follow a trail, left at the rap anchors, across the creek and up, and pretty well around to two or three different access scrambles. Or,veer right at the rap anchors and stay on that trail for a long, roughly west-to-northwest hike, to get to a scramble down by Railroad Rock (where there is one of the best 10c, some real good 11s and 12s, and a technical 13a). The cliffline pretty much comes to an end where this access gulley is located. Best to get into the canyon via the rappel at the North Falls or at the Dog Walk scramble, though, unless you're specifically going only to Railroad Rock.
In a few different areas around some popular climbs, there are concentrations of 10s: around Psychotherapy; around Express Checkout; and around Cheerio Bowl.
Please don't rap off trees; please stay on clear and obvious trails. Horses have wreaked havoc in the past few years in the canyon, tearing up trails that climbers originally created with the blessing of the National Forest. Guided horse riding is supposed to be banned, but the latest word is that horse traffic is worse than ever.
There may be times during hunting seasons in the fall when it could be less wise to be here, but there are no official closures.
As with anywhere in a remote camping situation, be aware that break-ins have occurred. A heightened awarness from the rangers and local police helps, but Jackson Falls is still a remote destination.
Please don't litter; please use already established fire rings. Enjoy it. Eat at Dad's Pizza in Goreville, about 20 minutes away, west on Tunnel Hill Road to Rte. 37, make a right for a brief ride into Goreville. Dad's will be the place with the lights on that isn't the Shell Station. You may see some beat up muddy old cars that look strangely familiar parked out front, too.
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|Nearest town or city:||Ozark/ big town: Marion|
From the south, you can take either Interstate 57 to Rte. 146, east to Hwy 45, northeast to Ozark Road; or Interstate 24 north to Hwy 45, northeast to Ozark Road.
|Latitude, Longitude:||37.29550, -88.40568|
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|Trad practice on Sport??||memcf||3||Sep 02 2014, 1:31 PM|
|climbing season and whether this weekend would work||sershe||0||May 29 2014, 2:37 PM|
|New Routes?? climbers? info??||bdogg1112||1||Sep 03 2012, 10:16 PM|
|Oil-pan eating creek bed?!||jmarck||4||Jun 24 2012, 7:10 PM|
|craptacular i actually found it (the dr. topo guide that is)||theboogieclimber||1||Oct 12 2010, 2:29 PM|
|anybody got the topo for Jackson Falls form Dr. Topo?||theboogieclimber||5||Sep 09 2010, 8:27 PM|
|climbing during hunting season||jobryan||9||Oct 14 2010, 1:45 PM|
|north falls access||jobryan||3||Nov 17 2009, 8:15 PM|
|Looking for climbers||matt.warner||0||Jun 06 2009, 2:21 PM|
|Looking for route info||circello||2||Jan 08 2009, 5:14 PM|
|Spring midwest climbing||mwelly007||9||Apr 18 2008, 12:46 PM|
|New routes in Jackson Falls?||backpackmonkey||3||Mar 17 2008, 11:11 AM|
|Jackson Falls, nalgene found||bouldrinsoill||3||Jun 26 2007, 1:20 PM|
|Pack it out||shanz||3||May 29 2007, 1:30 PM|
|climbable ice?||purplemonk||0||Feb 03 2007, 4:41 PM|