Burden Falls Wilderness Area
Description: Located in the southern tip of the Burden Falls Wilderness Area, the Burden Branch of the Little Saline River forms a waterfall more than 100 feet high making it the highest waterfall in Illinois. The wilderness area designated in 1990 covers over 3,600 acres with some impressive scenery.
Trails: You need to hike only a short distance to view the falls here. A smaller set of upper falls is next to the parking area, while the main lower falls are a short hike further. A handful of user trails that begin above the falls make their way into the ravine. A topographical map is recommended for exploration in this area beyond the falls. There are no facilities.
Directions: From Exit 16 at Interstate 24 and Illinois 146, drive east on Illinois 146 for less than mile to Illinois 147. Turn left onto Illinois 147, and drive 13 miles to Illinois 145. Turn left onto Illinois 145, and drive 12 miles to Forest Route (FR) 402 in Delwood. Turn left onto FR 402 and drive 4.5 miles to a small parking area on the right.