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    Leslie Reeder III reviewed Blue Hen to Buttermilk Falls

    4 months ago

    Once again it was a beautiful trail, however some of the inclines might make it to difficult for small children. The water fall it self can be accessed from the road so taking the whole trail isn’t necessary in that case. Waterfall is smaller but is just as beautiful as the larger ones.

    Leslie Reeder III reviewed Brandywine Gorge Trail

    4 months ago

    Trail is beautiful and easy, stair cases and a beautiful view of the waterfall make this a treat to see. Easy for kids, so good as a family outing. Would see this again.

    Leslie Reeder III reviewed Ghost Dance Canyon

    4 months ago

    You know this is quite the jem for this area. If you didn’t know the area you could miss the trail. It is great for birding. Fairly easy, so ......decent for kids of walking age without to much monitoring or worry. There are some high cliffs and small caves to explore. Over all nice little trek.

    Leslie Reeder III completed Ghost Dance Canyon

    4 months ago

    Leslie Reeder III reviewed Natural Bridge Trail

    4 months ago

    I rate this trail a 3, mainly because the park is so littered. The up keep of the park is terrible. I tried to take some of the trash out but really it didn’t put a dent in it. However The natural bridge is an awesome geological site reminds me of the one in Kentucky just not as big or isolated. The trail was easy, as long as the water isn’t up which can block you from getting to it.

    Leslie Reeder III reviewed Hawk's Cave Trail

    4 months ago

    Leslie Reeder III reviewed Hawk's Cave Trail

    4 months ago

    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.

    Leslie Reeder III completed Hawk's Cave Trail

    4 months ago

    Leslie Reeder III reviewed Ferne Clyffe Waterfall Trail

    4 months ago

    Did this last year but it was in the dry part of the season. Trail was easy to hike and a great starter for kids. There was a waterfall at the end of it but just trickling due to lack of rainfall so suggest just after a good rain. Easy access trails from the campsite and close to other trail heads. Over all ‘ relaxing’.

    Leslie Reeder III reviewed River Scene Trail Loop

    5 months ago

    We trekked this one today, the bottom running along the river was quite muddy and you found yourself doing the Fred Flintstone trying to maintain balance in several spots. Once you cross under the RR tracks and start your ascension on the staircase you find very spectacular views from the cliffs edge. Some of the trail crosses the lonewolf and white trails. Some areas rugged others moderate over all a nice trek. Only down fall was it was so busy you couldn’t find parking in some areas. You also literally had to give way to traffic in some areas on the trail due to hikers.

    Leslie Reeder III reviewed Burgess Falls Trail

    7 months ago

    Very short easy trail. My girl friend and I trekked this when two of the main observation points were down with no access. We managed to find our way down to each fall tho. If you enjoy waterfalls this place is beautiful. If staircase is still out to main falls you will have to climb down as we did. Beautiful and worth it.

    Leslie Reeder III reviewed Kentucky Coffee Tree Trail

    7 months ago

    Longer and a little harder due to elevation but nothing to extreme, the trail drops down to the valley floor and walks part way along the creek. Woods offer large trees and huge grape vines. Nice trek especially in the early spring, when the leaves are just starting to form. Allows you to still see the terrain but still see green. Birds are a big part of this park and have many activities surrounding them. Chirping through out this trek makes it especially nice.

    Leslie Reeder III reviewed King Benson Trail

    7 months ago

    Nothing to exciting, kid friendly, educational on how land developed. Nice trek. They recently added metal plaques with addition info on plants, trees, animals and birds of the area, great for children’s education and introducing them to the outdoors.

    Leslie Reeder III completed King Benson Trail

    7 months ago

    Leslie Reeder III reviewed Woodpecker Trail

    7 months ago

    They say moderate but mostly easy, some incline. kid friendly, abundant trees and history on woods.

    Leslie Reeder III completed Woodpecker Trail

    7 months ago

    Leslie Reeder III reviewed Wesselman Woods Loop Trail

    7 months ago

    Fun place to hike when you need a break from shopping or traffic. It does cost 5 bucks to walk the trails, but the have bird rescue there and have an Eagle, vulture,some hawks etc...you can check out before you start on the trail, easy walk, great for kids. wooden walk ways and mulched trails derived from deadfall. pretty cool for being the middle of town.

    Leslie Reeder III reviewed Walnut Trail

    7 months ago

    walked this two years ago in fall with my girlfriend....good memory because it literally "snowed leaves" on us. Crazy they just kept falling. It was quite neat and gave us something to remember. Trail was for most part easy with a few inclines. Saw a buck deer walk right up on us during a snack break. Forest has some dense areas some open, over all nice trek.

    Leslie Reeder III completed Walnut Trail

    7 months ago

    Leslie Reeder III reviewed Wilderness Lake Trail

    7 months ago

    probably my favorite of thier trails, traverse ground, bridges, wooden walkways, lake view and wild life make this an interesting trek with a variety of views. Nothing to extreme but could be considered challenging for some.

    Leslie Reeder III reviewed Boston Pond

    7 months ago

    Did this at the beginning of the year while biking and running at the park, which by the way is great for....otherwise, Easy, great as a beginner to see if hiking is your thing. Great for kids because its short and most likely wont be asking, "Are we there yet!" , or "carry me I'm tired",lol

    Leslie Reeder III reviewed Oak Ridge Trail

    7 months ago

    Not bad, it was also easy with rolling hills, some areas you could see the lake, nothing spectacular but if camping worth it as part of you day hikes

    Leslie Reeder III completed Oak Ridge Trail

    7 months ago

    Leslie Reeder III completed Boston Pond

    7 months ago

    Leslie Reeder III reviewed Newton Lake Trail

    7 months ago

    Did this one late fall two yrs ago. It was a bad time to go. Leaves off the trees and bushes left all the abandoned farm equipment to view which really changed the out look of the place, however my girlfriend and I almost stepped on a screech owl about a mile in which was really out of place. he sat and let us take pics, so there were some good points. Trek is good for practice for a longer multiday trip, so pack a backpack heavy enough to get a real feel and have a good trek. There was only one spot that is not really marked so you could get turned around but if you follow the water you shouldn't get lost. Nothing to challenging but the distance.

    Leslie Reeder III completed Newton Lake Trail

    7 months ago

    Leslie Reeder III reviewed Fox Ridge State Park Loop Trail

    7 months ago

    For the area its in its not to bad a trek. Nothing extremely spectacular but a nice woodland walk offering many diff species of trees, with lots of rolling hills to challenge your level of fitness, diff scenic views, and for the most part not to busy which is what I like about winter hiking.

    Leslie Reeder III reviewed Jackson Falls Trail

    about 1 year ago

    For a southern Illinois park, It was clean. Fairly maintained and relatively busy. Visit after or during a good rain and enjoy the waterfall, otherwise there isn't one. Some regular trails some equestrian and some combination of both. Nice rock formations which brings rock climbers from around the area. Moderate hiking fairly well marked. Parts kid friendly....parts not....over all pretty nice.

    Leslie Reeder III completed Jackson Falls Trail

    about 1 year ago