Situated near the Illinois-Kentucky border and nestled in the Shawnee National Forest, Jackson Falls is Southern Illinois’ largest sport climbing destination – home to over 400 routes ranging from 5.7 to 5.13d. The canyon’s bullet stone, unique geology, and rich scenery make it the best sandstone sport climbing area in the Midwest.

PAST PROJECTS

BETA Fund, in partnership with the United States Forest Service, worked to address the hazardous crossing near the east waterfall by preparing the site for the installation of a future footbridge for hikers and climbers to more safely access the Dog Walk.

Volunteers cleared the stream-bed of large boulders and a fallen cedar tree in the area that was identified as the best place to install the footbridge.

August 2015

BETA Fund, in partnership with the United States Forest Service, worked to address the hazardous foot trail along the canyon's upper rim leading to Railroad Rock. The former trail was located near the edge of the cliff, making passage dangerous for hikers and climbers.

Volunteers cut a new trail to eliminate this risk and brushed in the old trail to prevent future use and allow the forest to reclaim this area.

September 2015

BETA Fund, the United States Forest Service, and volunteers successfully installed the footbridge near the dog-walk and marked the newly cut trail leading from the main parking area to Railroad Rock.

September 2015

UPCOMING PROJECTS

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