Jason S. on Kickapoo State Park Trail
Meh. Not much to offer for scenery; trails were a little confusing to follow because there were so many paths that went off the trail; lots of overgrowth; wasn't a difficult hike at all.
Pros: not overly crowded.
Glad I tried a new park, but probably won't be back anytime soon.
Great view of the river and a fairly easy trail. Note that this really isn't a "loop" trail. It's about 0.8 miles that runs between a road and the river. At the end, you can turn straight back and walk it back (sort of an out and back trail). Or you can walk back on the road, which I suppose makes it a loop. That would be the boring way back . . .
We used to run this all the time for cross country. You can run a giant loop around the park on the roads and this trail keeps you parallel to the loop.
This 3.1 mile trail is called Clear Lake Trail. It follows Clear Lake around to the north out and around Emerald Pond. Some difficult places but for the most part it is a nice trail. There is a section that looks like it goes through a haunted section.....but during the day no biggie. (should not be out there at night anyway.) Toward the end there is quite a drop off to the right which gives you a nice view of the Middle Fork River. Trail is well marked - and takes about 1.5 - 2 hours to complete.
This park intrigued me, having once been an open pit mine of some sort--an ecological disaster, but what a transformatiion nature, time and God can do! It is now absolutely beautiful, with woods, many ponds and several nice, easy trails to explore. Serene setting, a good place to unwind. Stayed here several days in the summer of 1992 while exhibiting at outdoor art festivals in the area, and managed to do several lanscapes.
CRICKET THICKET. WOW THIS LITTLE TRAIL IS KINDA OF HARD TO FIND. LOCATED ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE PARK PAST THE I-74 BRIDGE, THIS LITTLE TRAIL IS THICK. RUNS ALONG A FISHING POND AND HAS SOME STEEP ELEVATIONS. EVIDENCE OF BEAVERS IN THE AREA, SHOWING THEIR HARD WORK. THIS TRAIL HAS SOME SLIPPERY SURFACES. AND VERY DENSE VEGETATION. THIS TRAIL CAN BE HIKED BOTH WAYS, AND THAT IS WHAT WE TYPICALLY DO. THIS IS ONE OF MY TWIN SON'S FAVORITE TRAIL.