Indian Point Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Harrisburg, Illinois that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Indian Point trail works its way through pine forest transitioning to hardwood timber before reaching the crest of the hill overlooking the surrounding valley. From there you descend below the bluff looping back to the trailhead passing many large rock formations. The short trail offers great overlook of the surrounding valley, very scenic rock formations as you follow the bluffline and after you descend below the bluff. Nice easy short hike for about anyone and plenty of scenery to be of interest to all.
Lots of fun. Short hike, but you can make it longer by exploring in and out of the rocks and "cave like" areas. Great scenery at the top. It took us about an hour to hike in and out.
Nice easy trail with some great views and cool rock formations
Great hike. Great views with awesome rock formations.
We just went here last weekend! This was my first experience with hike-in hike-out camping and this trail ended up being perfect for it.
After enjoying the Garden of the Gods trails, we hiked up the left leg of this trail (through the forest up on top of the bluffs) and camped in the lee of a small hill, just behind the scenic outlook area. There ended up being many campers nearby that night but we didn't hear any of them! The silence was beautiful and the stars were spectacular. Really easy to make a campfire too, tons of dead wood around (we went when it was dry and hadn't rained in a few days). Heard some coyotes at night, but no animals disturbed us. I slept like a baby!
We did not find any sources of water on this venture so if you are camping here bring plenty of it with you! There are outhouses within a long walk / short drive from the trail parking lot, if you're not into digging holes (but bring your own hand sanitizer). There are pumps located in other areas of the park but we did not see any close by.
Saw a few pieces of trash left by others but this forest is in very good shape overall. Be responsible with your things though! Don't litter, and keep the place nice for others to use! I also see people in these reviews are drinking on the trails... alcohol is NOT PERMITTED in any National Park! Don't say you weren't warned.
Great place to hike and camp. Our first time being there we didn't know what to expect. There were alot of day hikers as well as over night campers, we of course camped right in the middle. We had campers in and around our camp at all hours of the night trying to find their friends or a camp site. Next time we will go more off trail, but it made it interesting for sure! lol. Bring plenty of water. and we never found any water sources other than the stagnant pond on the way in, and not sure I would even want to filter that, unless I absolutely had too.
Fun and beautiful trail with lots of rocks and several caves. Trail is already difficult to navigate at times and hiking this trail when it is snowing makes it more difficult, if you do not know where the trail goes.
nice trail but watch out for the ticks.
Easy trail with lots of exploring opportunities if you'd like. Beautiful views!!!!
great trail to hiking a little spotty in spots and people need to learn to pick up after themselves but great views that goes on for miles longer than the description says it's about 2.6 miles
Beautiful trail but a little difficult to navigate in some places
Indian point is beautiful and there are cool caves filled with Fungi and crickets
Enjoyed the trail, lots of fun to scramble around. We had 30+lb packs on and the dog with an 8lb pack, definitely go clockwise.
We picked up trash on the way out, beer cans and bottles :( Please don't litter.
Dog had a great time and so did we, even in the rain.
Go, explore it, you won't regret it.
Great trail through an area that makes you wonder that you're still in Illinois. Simple loop with some ups and downs and plenty of big rocks to scale. Several geocaches on this loop add to the fun.
Short and sweet. Pretty views. Definitely consider your footwear if it's rained recently.