Cove Hollow Trail

HARD 7 reviews
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Cove Hollow Trail is a 4.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Carbondale, IL that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, fishing, and canoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.5 miles 836 feet Loop

dogs on leash

camping

canoeing

fishing

hiking

cave

forest

views

waterfall

blowdown

over grown

rocky

scramble

This was a scenic hike with views of Cedar Lake on one side and frequent large rock formations on the other but it was a difficult trail. It was overgrown and rocky. That made the going slow. However, insect were not a problem (either ticks or mosquitoes). At the beginning of the trail head, the trail descends a rock bluff and you do scramble from rock to rock on the way down. There are large rock formations at the beginning of the hike. It is easy to follow the trail even though is is overgrown in many locations. I had the trail to myself even on the weekend. The Cove Hollow trail forks at one point and you have the option to take the Wolf Den trail. This trail goes to the top of the ridge and then descends to connect again with Cove Hollow trail. I looped back to the Cove Hollow trail head. If you want, you can continue on Cove Hollow trail and it connects with Cedar lake trail. Five miles of this trail was all I wanted for an afternoon. I believe the Cedar Lake trail is 4.5 mile loop. This would be a good area to hike, camp and fish.

hiking
22 days ago

Did this one today. I parked on Boat Dock Road and hiked to the north trail head and back. Nice trail, and pretty easy to follow. I am pretty sure I did the Wolf Den trail both on the way in and the way back. Hard to say for sure, as the signage was a little ambiguous. Awesome scenery and a little bit of a challenge. Took me about 4 hours total.

hiking
1 year ago

Did this one about a week ago (Oct 15 or 16) the colors were awesome. I did loose the trail a few times after going downward from the initial descent. The only trail marker i saw, other than the trail head, was a tiny blue blaze with a bold arrow on it pointing down the bluffs. After that it was "follow the bluffs and hope it is right". After a little while i found a river bed and followed it as it was right along the bluffs. At the top of the bluffs all traces of trail dissappeared. Sooo i made myself some food and hiked back the way i came. It was a bummer to not know where to go, better to take a lunch break and go back the way you came rather than get lost. That was the way i saw it anyway. Awesome views and found some nice pic worthy fall colors on the way back as well, not a loss at all!

Keep hiking, you just might find yourself.

-Chris

2 years ago

The trail markers need refreshed and the signage replaced. Otherwise I really enjoyed this trail. Definitely going back.

hiking
2 years ago

I was all over this place today and it rocks. lots of primitive camping sites and plenty of scenic spots. check it out.

hiking
2 years ago

This trail has two trail heads, one towards the north of the lake and another towards the south-west (shown in map). We hiked in June and the shrubs were overgrown, at times we could not find the trail at all. Trees had fallen and closed off the trail completely. As mentioned in the previous review, the trail divides into two. So just be careful about which one you take. Overall, it's an unkempt trail and laden with ticks. But, it's also one of the most untouched trails, I have seen. Even though there might not be anyone in the trail, you can always hear nearby fishermen n the lake. So, if you don't mind getting lost or have a good internal sense of direction i would definitely suggest this one.

2 years ago

Awesome trail w some tough spots. Took low trail in then backtracked and took a high trail over falls and cave until the trail disappeared. Definitely goin back to this one!

hiking
3 years ago

This was a scenic hike with views of Cedar Lake on one side and frequent large rock formations on the other but it was a difficult trail. It was overgrown and rocky. That made the going slow. However, insect were not a problem (either ticks or mosquitoes). At the beginning of the trail head, the trail descends a rock bluff and you do scramble from rock to rock on the way down. There are large rock formations at the beginning of the hike. It is easy to follow the trail even though is is overgrown in many locations. I had the trail to myself even on the weekend. The Cove Hollow trail forks at one point and you have the option to take the Wolf Den trail. This trail goes to the top of the ridge and then descends to connect again with Cove Hollow trail. I looped back to the Cove Hollow trail head. If you want, you can continue on Cove Hollow trail and it connects with Cedar lake trail. Five miles of this trail was all I wanted for an afternoon. I believe the Cedar Lake trail is 4.5 mile loop. This would be a good area to hike, camp and fish.