Illinois Beach State Park: North Unit Trail

EASY 4 reviews

Illinois Beach State Park: North Unit Trail is a 7.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Zion, IL that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

7.9 miles 95 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

scenic driving

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

beach

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

old growth

The 4,160-acre park, consisting of two separate areas, offers ample opportunities for swimming, boating, picnicking, hiking, fishing, camping and just appreciating nature. More than 650 species of plants have been recorded in the dunes area alone, including dozens of types of colorful wildflowers. Prickly pear cactus thrives in large colonies in the dry areas, and the wet prairies are carpeted with a wide variety of grasses and sedges. Large expanses of marsh in the swales support dense stands of cattail, bluejoint grass, prairie cordgrass, reed grass, big bluestem and sedges. The sandy ridges are crowned by black oak forests with an open, savanna-like appearance.

2 months ago

boring

mountain biking
6 months ago

Great, Beautiful Lake County at it's best!

8 months ago

Not pet friendly, Beach Is OK kinda dirty and always packed on weekends, but all in all fun with friends! :)

hiking
1 year ago

Trails were in great condition and picnic shelter areas were perfect for our afternoon away. We were hoping to explore more but brought our dog and found most of the park was not pet friendly.