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Excellent bluffage and unique rock formations for miles! Multiple nice waterfalls (all wet weather).

hiking
23 days ago

Hiked the trail the day after Thanksgiving 2018. The beginning is easy, but about 2 to 3 miles in the directions got murky. We sorted it out, and ended up in on the Forest Preserve Orange Trail that was clearly marked with posts and maps. The way is forested with easy variations in terrain. The mountain bikers we encountered were pleasant and courteous. Definitely worth doing again.

walking
23 days ago

Decided to challenge ourselves to go for this 9ish miles trail during Thanksgiving weekend. Finished up around 3 and half hours. Enjoyed the trail very much, beautiful view, took bunches of photos on the way, though the trail is quite muddy after the rain.

hiking
24 days ago

Love this trail. I will be hiking this during every season. Fun trail with many views to see and a lot to explore!

road biking
26 days ago

Une belle randonnée que nous avons effectué en vélo à la tombée du jour. Nous avons vu des oiseaux un crocodile un crabe et un raton.
Il faut penser au chasse moustique à ces heures pour profiter de la balade sans se faire dévorer

hiking
30 days ago

great trail. beautiful views of the falls from above and down below.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun trail. Just like many trails in southern Illinois, unique views, cool waterfalls and a good trail to enjoy. Hope to camp here one day.

hiking
1 month ago

Extremely beautiful. The stream was going just enough to get my feet wet on a couple of the crossings. Not very difficult, although there were a couple of spots where the only path was water covered rocks. Crystal clear water and beautiful rock outcrops are all over. Someone did come by and spray the devil's backbone with graffiti which h was slightly disappointing. All in all, this is a great quick hike.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail was marked very well. We were followed it the whole way. Would be great during the summer to swim with the rope swings. I will definitely be back.

trail running
1 month ago

Amazing run. Really enjoyed the woods area

hiking
1 month ago

Good hike! The lot was full but overall not too much traffic on the trail. There isn’t really anything scenic but good to bring the dog for a walk

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail!! It is hard to figure out how to get down to the waterfall. Go LEFT when you are on top of the waterfall. There are rocks that you climb down right after the wooden bridge. There is another spot of rocks to climb down right before the open field that will allow a longer hike. The waterfall was one of the best I’ve seen in Illinois thus far.

memorable

Highway noise is audible the whole time and the trail crossed several road with decent vehicle traffic. At one point it ran up against housing. Decent trail if you take the proximity of the city into account. The dog had a lot of fun though.

One of my favorite trails in the park.

Beautiful fall day. Amazing golds and flame reds from the trees. Cool breeze in the sun making it perfect for hiking. A little road noise near the 55 but otherwise you could never guess where you you are. Easy walking. Great for our dog. Not too many times you can look down in Illinois unless your in a building but the glen gives you that privilege. Thankful for such a beautiful day.

hiking
1 month ago

Wonderful Trail! So much to explore and to see. I really enjoyed hiking this trail along with the other joining trails. Will be hiking this trail more and more!

I didn’t make it to the waterfall before nightfall, but a bit disappointed. Wasn’t as exclusive as I enjoy my trail hikes to be. Head the highway the whole time and there were telephone wires through the forest area and lots of roads to cross. Not bad for the length and the proximity to the city, and the areas are nice.

on Beaman Park Loop

1 month ago

I think the cover page is a little bit misleading. I didn’t see any water/creek on the one way trail. Maybe it is on the other trail you can take at the splitting point to the nature center. Oh btw, there is nothing except for four benches at the end of trail. It is nice for mountain running training but not for relaxing. Pretty boring.

I love this trail and so do my dogs. It is my go to Subday walk.

we started at the park and went up the west side. The views of the river and waterfalls are fantastic near the park, but the trail veers away from the river about a mile up.
The trail is very poor with many tree roots and steep (but short) changes in elevation. With recent rains, we averaged about a mile per hour. (about half of our usual pace.) Strongly encourage trekking poles if it's muddy.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful scenery and great sunlight through the trees. Very peaceful. My dog enjoyed it too.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful short trail. If you are a moderate to experienced hiker or are in good shape this is a good one. Lots of rocks and roots to keep your feet busy and pretty scenic views of the sand stone bluffs. There are a few significant climbs which make the hike super fun! This is NOT a buffed out trail. No wimps, no whining.

I was nervous about this because I hike with my two labs and some reviews were mixed. First of all, the drive down there is NOT bad. If you go slow, there is no reason why any car wouldn’t be able to make it down there. The hike itself is very nice. There is one spot that is a climb down (and back up). My dogs were hesitant and scared but finally went down. I would think an agile dog would probably hop right down. The waterfall was just a trickle but still very pretty. The trail gets confusing once you’re in the canyon but I’m pretty sure it all takes you to the same place. Giving it 4 stars because there are tons of boulders and tree roots to watch for. I wish I could have looked up a little more than down at my feet .

Amazing views!

hiking
2 months ago

It was an easy hike...not many spots to stop and enjoy a view.

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.

This is not an “easy” hike. I would rate it moderate+. I also recommend trekking poles if you’re doing the actual loop. Definitely go counter clockwise if you start at 61 as Trout Creek may be impassable depending on rain it was tricky today but doable. It took me about 5.5 hours as I’m a chicken and was very cautious on the descents. Overall the trail is a lot of fun. The terrain changes and there are a lot of creeks to cross and amazing views of the river. There was some confusion at county rd 45 regarding where the west trail begins.. cross the bridge and walk until you come to a guard rail that is the start of the west part of the loop. You’ll see a large SHT placard. Enjoy!

This trail was difficult with a lot of ups and downs, but the terrain offered a lot of variety making the effort worth it. It was absolutely beautiful, and I would highly recommend it!

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