Washington County State Recreation Area is a 7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Nashville, Illinois that features a lake and is rated as moderate. 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
Trail is mainly on paved road (5 miles), then turns into timbered trail (2 miles) on north east side of the lake. Quite a bit of wildlife sightings and great views of the lake. Trail is marked but is overgrown in a few areas. State recreation area (park) with camping, fishing and wildlife.
I only did the 2 miles through the woods portion of this trail. Unless your into walking the 5 miles of pavement, skip this portion. Hilly and steep in some portions. The trail hasn't been taking care of in awhile and there are quite a few obstructions throughout. We drove the 5 miles of road to get to the wooded trail head portion and if you don't know what you're looking for you could pass it by on the little gravel road you travel down to get there. During high water forget about it though! We parked at the top of the hill that the gravel road comes to before it meets pavement again. The trail is well marked with white arrow type markers high upon the trees. Different species of trees you will find marked also. The trail comes out at The Shady Rest Camping Area and continues back onto the road in the park again. Not a bad little trail and would probably more inviting when things green up again.
Good trail for hiking/walking. Mostly road with about 2 miles of trail through woods.