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Only did 2 1/2 miles but very beautiful and very shaded

hiking
14 hours ago

Pretty easy walk. Love the water fall.

Good trail to test out pack load/equipment. Bring a hat or sunblock for there isn’t much shading. It’s a pretty busy loop, but everyone is polite and there’s room for everyone.

Great bicycle patch

Always a treat to hike here in the Woods

mountain biking
5 days ago

Very nice preserve, Well kept, easy way around. Well mapped. Was 1st time through, will ride again, I ride in Wisconsin living there. If U ride to Danada to Butterfield gets tricky and steep in one section. Enjoy

on Old Plank Road Trail

9 days ago

I ride this trail a few times a year and enjoy it every time I do

horseback riding
12 days ago

"Main Trail" is 9.5 mile long with beautiful long trees and some water bodies along the route. scenic views mentioned on trail map arent really scenic. water is all dried out. trail roads clearly marked. no water fountain in middle of trail. restrooms every 3 miles almost. horse back riding possible.

beautiful scenery. and lovely people surround this hidden gem of a lake

Wear bug spray. I think I fed half the mosquito population of Palos on our walk!

road biking
15 days ago

Nice bike trail. They have nice benches all along the way.

A good find in southern Illinois! Pleasantly surprised.

walking
17 days ago

Saw wildlife- turtles, chipmunks, butterflies, birds. A peaceful and minimally challenging walk with sculptures and beautiful scenery.

trail running
17 days ago

You will not get bored running here if you like nature.

I love this trail but would rate easy, not moderate.

Trail is nice. It’s short and easy to do. Wood chips go all the way around the lake.

I lost my keys to a Chrysler vehicle on Friday the 13, anyone finds them please contact the park rangers thank you.

trail running
29 days ago

I use this trail to get some gravel miles in when palos singletrack is too soft. Some decent climbs and nice scenery. Trails are also groomed for cross country skiing in the winter when there's enough snow.

hiking
30 days ago

Great walking and biking trails.

Lots of varied foliage and scenery. Peaceful. Will definitely do again.

My first time here was today and it was amazing

mountain biking
1 month ago

This trail is well kept up and looks nice. The trail is wide and has plenty of room to go around people. The waterfall is nice to see. Even on a week day the trail is busy. Go out and see this wonderful forest.

be prepared. bug spray. long pants. long sleeved shirt. good shoes. very muddy. trail head not well marked but fairly easy to stay on path. trail app a great help when not sure. fun to hike on dirt path. worth a hike in to see the nature art. An escape in the middle of suburbia.

walking
1 month ago

BUG SPRAY -- USE IT! I wish I'd remembered before my last visit. More than once I was attacked by a cloud of aggressive mosquitos.

With some DEET, it's the best hike in the area, mostly thanks to the river: cliffs, crossings, and the waterfall. The gravel holds up well even when it's been raining. I've almost always seen something interesting -- a skunk, or turtles, once I was surprised by a young deer that was invisible in tall grass just feet off the trail, until it bolted.

hiking
2 months ago

Great place to hike! Waterfall, river and forest. Multiple entrance points, convenient parking. Gorgeous in any season.

Stairs were a little rough at the start but loved looking at all the birds and flowers.

I had fun riding my bike here. People are nice. I will be back.

nature trips
2 months ago

This is a great place to trail walk with your dog, the lake is beautiful, there’s a variety of trails, and lots of flora and fauna.

It was pretty and smelled wonderful but it was too crowded. We went out early on a Sunday and when we reached the waterfall it was overcrowded with people there in their bathing suits. One guy was playing music and ruining the quiet. I made it halfway thru a banana and turned around and walked three miles back to the car. Saw a deer running. Probably running away from the jerk with the boom box. Bikes were flying by and it was not the peaceful walk id hoped for. Not going back on a weekend, if ever.

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