Nature's bounty has conspired to produce a natural beauty and source of recreation greatly prized by generations of Midwesterners at Siloam Springs State Park, just minutes east of Quincy. The beautifully wooded terrain, sparkling lake, and carefully maintained facilities make this 3,323 acre site one of the most beautiful parks in Illinois. It's an ideal setting for outdoor visits, whether your interest is hunting, fishing, camping, boating, picnicking, hiking or bird watching. The park is surrounded by luxuriantly forested gullies and scenic crests alive with wild roses, black-eyed Susans, white false indigo and snapdragons.
Christopher S. on Red Oak Trail
Another one of my favorites. Did my first solo overnighter at the little campground earlier this year around April time frame. Had an absolute amazing night, turkeys called, coyotes answered, turkeys shut up haha. no ticks, that time.
Went back in August with intentions of another overnighter. uhh.. yeah that didn't happen. Got to the campground again and was just covered in ticks it was horrible. Shoulda known better honestly. That was with spray and the like. I am planning to go sometime in the next few weeks, hoping to catch the last bit of color before it all gets drab.
Keep hiking, you just might find yourself.
First time at Siloam Springs. Didn't have a trail map, but not a huge deal. Trail starts out at an old wooden bridge just past the archery range. Trail was easy to follow, not well marked but not an issue. Starts out with a pretty decent uphill stretch, but fairly easy run.
This is a trail that simply goes up a ridge through hardwood forest and loops around the steep gully and back down the other side of the gully. The trail is poorly maintained but it is nice for somebody who just wants a quick jaunt through the woods. I found a nice sulfur shelf mushroom at the top and a few "hen of the woods" at the bottom.
I hiked Red Oak trail at Silom Springs state park today and I was actually impressed at both the scenery and the difficulty. Most of the trail is very park like with paths that are big enough to drive a car down but there are a few very, very nice sections that are not much more than a deer path. Wild mushrooms were abundant today since the fall rains have started. There is a good mix of different varieties of trees, bushes, creeks, meadows, rock, hills, etc.. I would say its a kind of "all in one" type trail. Water is there year round from a spring fed creek. There is a very nice tent camping area half way through. I took my time and enjoyed everything and it only took me 3 hours from entrance to exit.
Spent a weekend on the backpacking Trail with a 4-year-old and a 8-year-old. Lots of wildflowers, lots of points of interest. Good intro to overnight packing for them. Outhouse at the campsite, but no water so had to pack that in. Saw a bobcat in the morning, heard turkeys in the evening. Some good views, ruins of the mineral spa that used to be there, cliffs, stream crossings. Nice fun trail.