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19724 Stratford Lane is address for google map directions. Small parking lot plenty of signs to follow to get you to devils prop. Unfortunately as beautiful as the rock formations & creek are. The site has been vandalized and littered. There are no trails markings. If you are in the area stop by. But I wouldn’t drive far for this one.

I went early in the morning without any issues. No one was there besides myself. Due to heavy litter and vandalism I wouldn’t hike in late evening or at nighttime.

Really lovely trail all along the way. Easy to follow except at the stream crossings. There are no bridges so if the water is up like it was for us you will need to wade. I built a rocky causeway to pass the first crossing upstream but the downstream crossing was much too deep and we had to get our feet wet. The spring is not visible from the trail and appears on the map to source several miles away which may be visible from another road which passes through that way(just by visual inspection on a map). The trail was easy to follow in most places though some spots we lost it due to sharp turns and lack of arrows indicating the proper path which caused us to do some unnecessary ledge crawling. The sentry bluff trail(Blue diamonds) travels along with part of the Natural bridge trail(Yellow Diamonds) close to the parking area where the natural bridge can be seen across the creek. However unless coming in a dry/low water season you will be getting your feet wet to see the natural bridge or to hike any trails on the other side of the stream. Both the entire length of the sentry trail we took and the finale of the natural bridge at the end were stunningly beautiful. A spraying water fall into the keyhole of the natural bridge gave rise to a small rainbow next to a a large snaking tree which climbed the height of the bridge into the canopy above.
Definitely well worth the visit. Better trail marking in places and bridges for stream crossings would make my 5 star review.

1 day ago

Incredible place that almost no one knows about. A true gem. Amazing rock outcroppings and a view that is as good as any in the area. The "stone face" itself is somewhat small, but very cool in my opinion. The trail however is hard to navigate after you come down off the bluffs. In this case I recommend turning around and coming back the way you came after a certain point (the power line cut), or when you come down off the ridge, just walk directly along the bluffs until you come back to the original trail, or can make your way to the parking lot. Worth every bit of the trouble.

Hiked the “Low Water Trail” in 3/14:18 and it was muddy...but fun! The middle part of this trail (which follows along the Meramec) is mostly flat and at this time of the year is bug-free.

Great for all ages

....It made for an enjoyable, scenic hike....We went counterclockwise, so ended with the best views....It was a little muddy....We only did the loop on the western side (across the road from the TH)....Will definitely be back soon to the the eastern trails....And then later, after it greens up really good, I'll be back to do em all.... I would definitely recommend this place.... :)

Beautiful, quiet trail. Cool rocks, nice views from the hilltops, lovely little creeks, and towering pines.

Very beautiful hike once you get down to the creek. The trail comes and goes so we ended up just climbing on the rocks along the creek.

Nothing remarkable. If you want solitude, seldom travelled this is what you are after.

Great historic site to see one of four covered bridges left in the state and equally one of the few mills left in the state. site very well preserved. Nice short hike to the cemetery.

Nice hike up a drainage following a small creek.

I only rate this as a moderate hike because of the distance. It is a very easy hike. The western side is the best part of the hike. I would hike counterclockwise to save the best for last. several backpack camps all with fire rings and tables. trail is easy to follow if you use their map.

5 days ago

Very easy short flat trail - not a lot to see but very good for beginners

5 days ago

This was a pretty nice hike - not a lot to see but since the woods are very thick I think I will visit in the fall when the leaves are colorful and I might like it better

Great trail run!

If you cross the railroad tracks and go over to the Jackson Hollow side, the hike is even better. If you know where the other trails are in that area you can link them all together to make a nice weekend backpacking trip. It’s the best backpacking in the Shawnee. If you do Jackson Hollow stay near the cliffs. The trail is faint ever since they kicked horses out of that area. To cross the tracks, when the trail hits the tracks, turn left and walk down the tracks about 400 yards and you will see on the other side the place to cross into it. There is a large trail that runs down the bottom of the valley but you will want to get up by the cliffs. The Promise Land climbing area is over on that side of the tracks. My hike starts on the Jackson Hollow side crosses the tracks goes through the Jackson Falls area up the dog walk and back to our campsite. I’ve been hiking this area for about 50 years.

I don't want to give this a bad review, because it's a wonderful park, but the trail is VERY vanilla. Good for small children to stroll at leisurely pace!

6 days ago

Great hike! A little over 10 miles, completed it in 4 hours. Had some pretty decent inclines. Lots of creek access for the dogs. Will come back in cool weather.

The bald Knob has an awesome view, everything else on the trail is just a long stroll through the woods. Don’t waste your with the loop unless you are doing it for the exercise.

....It was a pleasant, moderate hike....even in early March....Only did the western loop, but will be back for the unmapped, eastern trails....Soon.... :)

Beautiful trail! Plenty of camping opportunities. My gps clocked a little over 12 miles and about 1500 ft elevation .

8 days ago

Did this hike on 2.25.18 and loved it. Great views from the bluffs and great exercise on the hike. Pics are uploaded. Plus, see these and more at my IG: wdp_photographyinstructor

8 days ago

Beautiful views! At first looked like it would be difficult but turned out great! Will visit this trail again.

This Trail Is small VERY SMALL! but worth the stop it is listed in the Smothsonia as the top 50 in the USA! On Smithsonia.Com and top for Illinois very Beautiful place. if you trail it it dont take long but in my case it lasted for almost 9 hours .Put me in a Wilderness and I'll stay as long as possible and cry when I have to leave. There are a few folks walking around but I seem to be able to figure out where to go to get away from them plus I went in the middle of the week so that helps. beautiful place I was there in Oct 2017 for the fall colors PERFECT!!!!!!!!

Fun trails with some good hills, watch out for horse poop though

Definitely harder than I anticipated!

12 days ago

Easy flat trail very family friendly and running friendly. Would suggest doing Salt lick trail of you want to as some adventure and incline on the way back to the parking lot.

Great short trail whole loop was 3 miles which is a little short. Had some great view points. Hardest part is the incline in the first miles. I decided to do the Johnson trail and then when it connected to the Salt Lick Trail I did that again backwards. I recommend it for anyone looking for something different than the flat trails in the area. I would say it’s more moderate than hard. I wish you could go in the mines that would be fun!

Moderate trail with lush vegetation, some parts have a moderate incline. The cave is a pretty cool spectacle to see. Lots of big trees and rock cliffs, Creeks, wild life are just a few things to see. Interesting would do it again in the winter to see what frozen sculptures nature has created.

Rivers Edge trail took you off the paved trail and provided good river views. Very flat terrain, but nice scenery and a good hike for the family.

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