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    Amanda Rodewald reviewed Julius J Knobeloch Woods Nature Preserve Loop

    about 1 year ago

    Not an easy place to find, if you're not paying attention. I think "nature preserve" is the Illinois Department of Natural Resources says "park without parking." If you're using Google Maps, be sure to use the address in AllTrails rather than the address that Google tells you.

    Not a bad little hike if you're in the area and looking for something quick and easy, but really nothing to particularly recommend it. Perhaps there are usually wildflowers, but we didn't see any at all. Of course, we didn't see all the poison ivy that was reported below either, so I guess we broke even.

    Amanda Rodewald added Dead Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Amanda Rodewald completed Rock Quarry Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Amanda Rodewald completed Mooner's Hollow Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Amanda Rodewald saved Lone Wolf Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Amanda Rodewald saved Lime Kiln Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Amanda Rodewald added Track - Jan 22, 03:56 PM

    almost 2 years ago

    Amanda Rodewald completed White Oaks Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Amanda Rodewald reviewed Trail Among the Trees

    almost 2 years ago

    The first part of the trail is super-easy unless you decide to climb on some of the gorgeous bluffs and rock formations along the trail, an act explicitly and strictly forbidden by the signs. Therefore, we did not touch the bluff with the cave, where the signs were, but we did ascend a very small offshoot in front of one of the formations to find the perfect spot for an ambush, should one ever seek to become a bandit. The last formation before the washed-out bridge was covered with a gaggle of ten children, so we slid past that one as quickly as possible.

    If you're looking to avoid hills, however, you should definitely turn back at the site of the ex-bridge or face immediate disappointment. The ascent begins immediately after; while not overwhelming, it was certainly strenuous enough to make this old woman pant a bit.

    I can't comment much on the rest of the scenery at this time, because it was late dusk while we finished the trail and the light was dim. What we could see was interesting enough for us to mark this hike for a return trip so that we could get some decent pictures.

    All in all, a very nice hike, and more enjoyable than I would usually expect from a paved trail.

    Amanda Rodewald completed Trail Among the Trees

    almost 2 years ago

    Amanda Rodewald saved Saint Stanislaus Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Amanda Rodewald saved Trail Among the Trees

    almost 2 years ago

    Amanda Rodewald updated Opossum Track Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Amanda Rodewald added Someday

    almost 2 years ago

    Amanda Rodewald completed Pickle Springs Natural Area

    almost 2 years ago

    Amanda Rodewald saved Mooner's Hollow Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Amanda Rodewald completed Western Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Amanda Rodewald saved Western Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Amanda Rodewald completed Wildflower Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Amanda Rodewald saved Wildflower Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Amanda Rodewald added To-Do

    almost 2 years ago

    Amanda Rodewald saved Bluff Creek Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Amanda Rodewald completed Bluff Creek Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Amanda Rodewald saved Limestone Hill Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Amanda Rodewald completed Limestone Hill Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Amanda Rodewald updated Turkey Ridge Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Amanda Rodewald updated Turkey Ridge Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Amanda Rodewald updated Turkey Ridge Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Amanda Rodewald updated Turkey Ridge Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Amanda Rodewald followed Erin Jayne

    almost 2 years ago

    Amanda Rodewald saved Turkey Ridge Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Amanda Rodewald completed Turkey Ridge Trail

    about 2 years ago