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Love it here. So much to do. Take your time and enjoy all of it!

Very beautiful but beginning to become run down due to increased foot traffic. Lots of garbage left everywhere.

Scenic trails along the river. Nice up and down trails in the pine trees

nature trips
29 days ago

Love coming out here at all times of the year. Beautiful place.

best nature trail I've found near Chicago

Brisk 25 degrees weather. Ground is frozen and the lake has a cover of ice on it. Good hike, the foot bridges need some TLC.

1 month ago

A flat trail for the most part. A nice walk for me and my dog. Went about .75 mi. then turned around because of rain. Trail markings are old, broken and few. Have a GPS if taking a long walk in the fall. Appears to be a moderately travelled.

2 months ago

Tried it today. With all the leaves on the ground and a bit of snow it was hard to see the trail. It was my first time on the trail so I turned back after about 15 minutes. Maybe not the best time of the year if it’s your first time.

Didn’t get very far because there was a river to cross and we didn’t have boots or waterproof shoes to take that on. Otherwise started out very nice.

Down in the canyon was amazing

A lot of fun, especially good for dogs to hike along with owners. Fall colors beginning to show.

This is a great hike. Lots of different canyons to check out and see. The trail it’s self is easy to follow and there is a map at every intersection. Get ready to walk up stairs. But the views are worth the walk. Go out and enjoy this trail.

Beautiful park, but could use some better signage to direct visitors to the various canyons and bluffs.

Pro tip: St. Louis Canyon has the best waterfall. The actual starved rock is a little anticlimactic.

A great place for a day hike.

This is a wonderful place to go hiking with my family and my pets. We always have such a good time and sharing time together in the woods and getting some great exercise. I live out of state so always looking for a place in which allows pets off leash so they can get their exercise when I return.

I went last weekend. the pond is drained and there is a significant amount of work being done around the trail. the paths are mostly closed as of 9/2018. I'm sure they will be open and great in the future but it was a disappointment for now.

trail running
4 months ago

Geode State Park is a fun place to hang out for the day or even camp. The hiking trail around the lake is fairly easy with rolling hills. It's fairly quiet and not a lot of activity. As of this writing Lake Geode has been drained for runoff improvements for better water quality. The campground is currently closed. Hiking, biking and trail running are still open to the public although there is a trail detour on the west side of the dam. Great place to go to swim, or paddle too when the lake is full. There are plenty of day use areas and shelters and two boat ramps. No fees.

mosquitoes ran me out

Very large and clean visitors center with decent bathrooms and cool T-shirt’s. The separate parking areas further down the trail have porta-potties. Very stunning views worth the hike, but very popular, so heavily trafficked. I’d recommend going earlier to avoid the crowds. The campground has mediocre reviews but I loved it. We showed up in the rain at night and had people offer to help us set up tent. No one partied late it was quiet by 10:00 pm. Campground has restrooms and showers, food shop, pit toilets and water pumps. Shaded, part shade and full sun areas. Each spot has its own pull in with power. The trails were well groomed and marked. A bit of trash...people need to learn to pick up after themselves...good mix of flat, ups and downs, bridges and stairs

trail running
4 months ago

Live by here so run this ALL THE TIME! Will always be one of my fave places to go. PAMBA has maps to help with getting around and there are tons of different trails to take! Also has an amazing multi-cache geocache called The Journal...

Great hike. Gorgeous and nice elevation challenge. I threw in the exercise stations to up the difficulty . Nice touch

4 months ago

This is an amazing trail but the “easy” tag is false. This is moderate at the very least. Lots of large rocks and tree roots all over the path. You NEED good hike boots or sneaks with lots of tread. Good elevation change too. Watch your footing!!! Enjoy!

4 months ago

I had a wonderful time.

Everything is well marked, the sights are incredible, and it’s just the right amount of challenge for beginners to give it a shot. Today was a Wednesday. Got to the park at 8:45 am and had the trail to myself for the first half. By the time I got within a half mile of the visitors center (11:30) the place was getting crowded. Get there early if you can!

4 months ago

Great trail. I suggest going down into the canyon while looping. Adds stairs but you can see some great cliffs and waterfalls!

The perfect escape from the city! It was 90° today but we could take refuge in the abundant shade and water so it worked well! I recommend coming out on a weekday to avoid the traffic. We will be back for sure!

The water crossings make it fun. Make sure to hike the Sleepy Hollow Trail while here.

Off the beaten path but a nice change for those used to the relatively flat trails of Illinois'. Trail is not kept up very well and had tall vegetative growth when we hiked it. Very cool Tunnel entrance at the end and other abandoned railroad remnants can be found along the way.

I absolutely love hiking here, but the people are absolute slobs. I’ve been going here since I was a kid and I brought my kids there yesterday and they were quite upset about the MASSIVE amount of garbage everywhere. They need to implement some serious litter prevention. Ban all disposable water bottles being the first, I’ve never seen so much trash at a park like this. It’s depressing.

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