Illinois River Bluff Trail is a 5.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Peoria, Illinois that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Great trail. Lots of ups and downs. Light traffic and seems pretty safe with a buddy. Can be slightly strenous if you are out of shape. Trail has been cleared out well. Enough number of benches. Definitely need a bugspray.
it was a great workout. not too difficult, but nice. very little traffic
Hiked about 1.5 miles of this trail starting at Camp Wokanda. Trail started as pea gravel but soon transitioned to clay. Even after a day of heavy rains the day before, the trail was mostly dry. Lots of great elevation changes, and the small bridges added by the eagle scouts really helped navigate over the gullies. If you're out of shape, be prepared to stop a couple of times going up the steps... There are a couple of benches along the steps where you can get a break. Will be back when we have more time.
Great trail lots of hills can be a good workout....trail now goes from camp Wokanda all the way to Detweiler Park....
Great little nature trails! Really enjoyed it.
Close to home with a couple of small branches, this was a well-maintained trail with beautiful scenery during the fall. The hills were challenging but doable.
This trail provides a wonderful excursion through the bluffs along the Illinois River just North of Peoria, IL. From the trail head at Robinson park to Camp Wokanda, an old Boy Scout Camp that is now a managed by the Peoria Park District, hikers walk through a rich forest that provides access to wildlife and quiet hiking. Many sections of the trail are maintained through Eagle Scout projects through the addition of steps, small bridges, and improved trail sections. The full trail is actually a bit more than 2.0 miles if you travel all the way into Camp Wokanda to the trail head at the far north end. There are pit toilets on both ends, and if you are lucky you will find the shower house at Camp Wokanda open for flush toilets.
My wife and I hiked the trail on Sunday (10/21/13) and the fall colors were just beginning to peak. We walked from Robinson Park to Wokanda and back for a total of 4.4 miles and about 2 hours 15 minutes with a 20 minute break in the middle. There are some very nice flat sections both at the bottom of ravines and on top of the bluff with 3 very nice uphill (and downhill) sections in both directions.
The trails are nicely marked and there are map posts at all intersections. Maps are also available at all access points.