River Route Nature Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Apple River, Illinois that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
A great place to camp, hike and fish, surrounded by some of the most dramatic terrain in Illinois. A series of trails in the Apple River Canyon State Park, including the river itself which is shallow enough to walk up if you have the right footwear! Lots of fun elevation changes, and big cool rivers filled with crystal clear water (and the attendant trout and small-mouth). Car camping only.
Nice selection of trails from moderate to easy. Some issues with clear marking but overall good hiking and a worthwhile visit. Because it was winter there were no other hikers, which enhanced the experience. Many views of bald eagles flying around, and even a buck romped through the paths. The dogs had a blast!
for everyone looking for the waterfall.. it is not of the mile long river trail..put in you GPS apple canyon LAKE...not river and you will find it ..it is just off the road. while you are up there put galena lake in your GPS and you will run into thunder bay falls just off the thunder bay rd. no hiking but very pretty! and the two are only a 1/2 hour away.
River and fishing are great. Great spot for Boy Scout Camping. Decent Trails, not too hard, not too easy, good fishing, plenty of things to see. Wish there was something between the Youth campsites and the road though. Camped right next to the road, not a comfortable feeling when headlights come screaming past you at 3am.
I love this state park. It is small, and the only camping available is car camping, but there is a ton of adventure out there in the woods. The river is pristine and a beautiful place to spend a morning fishing, while the hiking provides tons of opportunities to go off trail and have a little fun. In particular I recommend bringing a pair of hiking sandles and walking up the river itself - its not very long and you get a great new perspective on the park!