North Fork Trail Clinton Lake is a 9.1 mile loop trail located near Clinton, IL. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and trail running.
Make sure you read the posted signs about when the trail is open. It is closed certain times of the year for hunting. It's a nice trail but can be primitive at times. Ticks can be very bad in this area.
There were spring time flowers everywhere! The trail was very well marked and easy to walk on... our little dog had absolutely no trouble. Lots of minor uphill & downhill parts in the first mile (which unfortunately, was as far as we could go due to time) so it was a lot of fun!
Most parts of this trails are through the woods so not very amazing visibility. However occasionally you can get off the trail and have an overview of the lake. At one point the trail changed into a prairie which is pretty cool.
Warning: When you were hiking south again, pay attention to the side of the trail. Someone put something interesting there, but I won't spoil it.
This trail is very slick after a thaw and has quite a bit of elevation change for the middle of Illinois.
Gem of a trail. Primarily ridge and ravine hiking. Cool abandoned cars and structures. Great views of the lake. 1/11/15 27F overcast with some sleet. Frozen mostly snow covered trail. Easy to find path.
Not terrible for the middle of Illinois. Mostly the same scenery through the woods the majority of the time. Can only see the lake for 1-2 miles. No real good viewpoints of the lake.
Really nice trail, and pretty challenging since there are bluffs to climb and mini-valleys to go down to. Can also get off the trail to see the lake if you want a break. There are also a couple of benches to stop at, but your best bet for rest is to sit down on one of the many small bridges.