Piney Creek Ravine Nature Reserve Trail

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Piney Creek Ravine Nature Reserve Trail is a 3.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Chester, Illinois that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.1 miles 452 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

forest

river

views

waterfall

Piney Creek Ravine contains the largest body of prehistoric rock art in Illinois. Almost 200 designs believed to date to the Late Woodland (A.D. 500-1000) and Mississippian (A.D. 1000-1550) periods occur within the ravine. Most are faint, but still legable.

hiking
8 days ago

Tail is awesome. Starts off deceptively boring (along farmland) for first qtr mile then goes down into ravine.

gave 4 stars cause the best scenery is shortcutting through the ravine to the other trail/creek crossing. so it's not technically part of the trail.

DANGER DO NOT TOO CLOSE TO CLIFFSIDES... Every couple of months our local paper reports a fall and sometimes death from this location.

12 days ago

Great trail. I'd like to come back in the spring to photograph once things are more colorful.

12 days ago

It was a very nice day the Rock trail was lil slick but all an all the famz enjoyed the day out ...

hiking
1 month ago

I've hiked this trail three times now. Very beautiful cliffs carved out by the stream and the native rock art is great to look at. I come back to this one every year.

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely beautiful for this area. Got of the trail a bit but doubled back and got to see the wall art again. Lol

4 months ago

Excellent hike! Very enjoyable for the whole family. River, low falls, cliffs, cave markings, trees- very good indeed for SW Illinois.

hiking
5 months ago

8 months ago

We did this in the fall with a couple of friends. Interesting trail with wall art and river crossings. I think it would be very pretty in spring also and probably better views with not so much foliage. . I would recommend this trail.

hiking
10 months ago

Very enjoyable little hike. I recommend early spring for a visit. Views are better without so much foliage, and I bet the poison ivy is pretty annoying once it gets going. Can be difficult to cross some things in high water, and there was a bit of mud to traverse at the beginning.
The location is off, though. The blue dot is actually several miles east of the actual park. I had to look in a 'route' on someone else's post to get to the trail.

1 year ago

Very nice hike. Trail was clean and nice, marked well, and easy to maneuver while carrying the kids in our backpack carriers.

hiking
2 years ago

This was a beautiful hike with many rocky bluffs and streams. The trail alternated between bluff tops and stream crossings, making for one of the most enjoyable hikes in the state. Moderate difficulty because of a steep climbs and stream crossings. The rock art is really neat once you locate it. It is unfortunately surrounded by many modern additions from less evolved members of our society. The trail head is a long way down Piney Creek Road, just keep going. More than worth the drive! We will be doing this again soon!

hiking
3 years ago

One of our family favorites!

hiking
3 years ago

Me and my family just hiked this on Easter Sunday , some beautiful views, and the "rock art" was amazing. Probably one of our new favorite places to hike

hiking
3 years ago

This trail was really nice. We completed this trail with our two children who did really well. Rocky bluffs were something out of this world! The rock art was amazing! Trail was very well marked. Will def do this again.

hiking
4 years ago

the trails weren't marked very well and the cave art was surrounded by a bunch of graffiti but I enjoyed the walk and the views its beautiful out the, but its just one of many

hiking
4 years ago

One of my favorite hikes. Early spring is a great time to visit.

hiking
4 years ago

Beautiful scenery. Nice trails but some were not very well marked, especially now that some leaves have fallen.

hiking
4 years ago

Nice trail. Little disappointed that I wasn't able to make out any of the ancient art.

hiking
5 years ago

Piney Creek is a nice trail through heavy timber as it works its way down a ravine, over Piney Creek to a large rock outcropping that contains some faint indian rock art. Overall a nice hike, well worth the trip.