|Hike Name:||Little Grand Canyon|
|Directions:||From Exit 54 at Interstate 57 and Illinois 13, drive west 22 miles on Illinois 13 to the intersection with South Illinois 127 in Murphysboro. Turn left onto South Illinois 127 and drive 5.8 miles to Etherton Road. Turn right onto Etherton Road and drive 2.6 miles to Poplar Ridge Road. Turn left onto Poplar Ridge Road and drive 3.6 miles to a road on the right side leading to the parking area.|
|Total Hike Distance:||3.60 miles|
|Hike Type:||Roundtrip, Loop Hike|
|Hike Starts/Ends:||parking area|
|Trails Used:||Year road|
|Backcountry Water Sources:||None|
|Management:||U.S. Forest Service|
|Best Season:||Spring, Fall|
|Road Conditions:||Secondary Paved Roads|
|Hike Summary:||The Little Grand Canyon is in southern Jackson County about ten miles southwest of Murphysboro. The canyon opens into the Mississippi River flood plain. The area is known for its botanic diversity and sizable snake population. There are lookouts along the bluffs from where the Mississippi River can be seen.
The Loop Trail is 3.6 miles long. From the parking area, the trail descends slowly at first but soon drops into the canyon floor. The trail has steep climbs on either end of the canyon that can become hazardous in wet conditions. Look for steps carved into the rock as you descend into the canyon. There is a picnic area available.