The 997-acre Fults Hill Prairie State Natural Area is owned and managed by the Illinoois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). Most of this unique natural area was purchased between 1970 and 1976. From the uplands of Fults Hill Prairie Nature Preserve to the lowlands of Kidd Lake Marsh, a variety of plants and animals can be found, some common and some found nowhere else in the state. Fults Hill Prairie Nature Preserve consists of 532 acres of uplands and includes woodland, prairie and glade communities. It has the largest complex of high quality loess hill prairies in Illinois. Prairies were once the dominant natural community in Illinois. The Illinois Nature Preserve system was established to give the highest level of protection to the state's few remaining high quality natural areas; this site was dedicated as a preserve in 1970. In 1986 it was recognized federally by the U.S. Department of Interior as a National Natural Landmark.

Did some field work here as a graduate student. The first part is a steep nearly vertical climb but it's rolling hills once you're on top of the bluffs and among the prairies. You get a great view of the Mississippi flood plain and local farmland.

First part is steep climb, but then is flat. Great Trail!

tough but great!

Beautiful Views and great workout

Stairs definitely make it easier to get to the top, narrow in some places and loose rock on way down..but my 3 year old nephew walked most of it alone with no issues. Beautiful views and path easy to follow. Whole family loved it.

Great hike through the woods with beautiful views from the bluffs! The dogs enjoyed it too!

The trail is actually rated as extreme difficulty. We went up the stairs first, which really gets your heart pumping and blood flowing and also makes you want to turn around, but the views are definitely worth it. Lots of loose rocks on the path down. Other than that it's a great workout!

Spectacular views, intense elevation climb, must see to believe, no ticks in January! So special that you will go back. Try to find the 1880 plow with trees grown thru it. Wow, best views in Illinois

Trail not marked, but easy to follow. Ascent and descent moderate difficulty. Great views towards end if you walk counter clockwise. Little overgrown in spots. Beautiful wildflowers blooming. Watch out for ticks and poison ivy.

MISERABLE hike! Trail overgrown. Not well marked. Entrance covered with trash. Tick infested. Will NOT be back!

Hiked this trail with my two children ages 5 and 11. They did great. Not really sure why this trail is rated as "extreme". The first leg of the trail is about a 250 ft ascent, then it levels until the descent. The trails were very well maintained.

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3 years ago

Prepare for a steep climb and little else. The prairie, however, is worth the climb.

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4 years ago

Great views, nice short hike with approx 250ft elevation change from trailhead at parking lot to top of bluffs.

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4 years ago

Nice short hike with great views. About 250ft elevation change from trailhead to top of ridge.