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    Chip Sprague added Bridge Trail

    10 months ago

    Chip Sprague completed Ridge Trail

    10 months ago

    Chip Sprague saved Rock Bluff Run Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Chip Sprague completed Swanson Park Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Chip Sprague saved Indian Cave Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Chip Sprague added Map - Sep 19 10:51 PM

    over 3 years ago

    Chip Sprague added small loop

    almost 4 years ago

    Chip Sprague completed Fontenelle Forest Trails

    almost 4 years ago

    Chip Sprague reviewed Platte River State Park Trails

    over 5 years ago

    It was ok. Lot of looping trails and options but most of the intersections are not well marked and there seemed to be a lot of extra trails where folks have "made their own path." The trails and signage are not particularly well maintained and there's a fair amount of trail erosion. The highlights were the falls and the observation tower at Scott Lodge. Honestly, for $5 a car for a daily entrance fee, I would have thought it would have been a little better maintained. Did see two deer, a fawn, and a ton of raccoon and some other tracks, so that was a plus.

    Chip Sprague completed Platte River State Park Trails

    over 5 years ago

    Chip Sprague added Platte River State Park

    over 5 years ago

    Chip Sprague reviewed Hitchcock Nature Area

    almost 6 years ago

    The overview is a bit misleading; Hitchcock Nature Area has loads of interconnecting trails (the Trail Map available at the center describes at least nine) so it's very easy to map out a hike perfectly suited to your comfort level and time constraints. On this particular trip we did a 4-mile loop starting at Fox Run Ridge and coming back along Badger Ridge. The trails were very well maintained and all junctions were well marked. Take time to pick up a trail map before you go though; the intersection posts only show the surrounding trail for about 200 yards...although most of them DO point out the shortest way back to the lodge. Most importantly, plan on coming back more than once because you'll want to see all the trails!
    http://www.pottcoconservation.com/parks-and-habitat-areas/hitchcock-nature-center/

    Chip Sprague reviewed Taum Sauk Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Chip Sprague completed Taum Sauk Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Chip Sprague reviewed Lone Elk County Park Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Chip Sprague completed White Buffalo Trail Loop

    almost 6 years ago

    Chip Sprague reviewed Cahokia Mounds

    almost 6 years ago

    What a neat place! You can read more about it at www.cahokiamounds.org but the gist is that this is the largest archaeological site north of Mexico. Weaving throughout the site's features are several trails that can be mixed & matched to the length you desire. Guidebooks are available for a small price (

    Chip Sprague completed Cahokia Mounds

    almost 6 years ago

    Chip Sprague reviewed Devil's Honeycomb trail; Hughes Mountain Natural Area

    almost 6 years ago

    The end is well worth the somewhat boring beginning. The trail is generally easy to follow but could use some markers at a couple of "less than obvious" decision points. Unfortunately, the trail is not well maintained. There were trees down in several locations and the signpost you encounter when first emerging into the clearing at the top is just that--a signpost with no sign. Fortunately, all that is forgotten when you start exploring. The formations are fascinating and the view is spectacular. You'll also notice that many who have gone before seem to have had a fascination with stacking stones to make small pillars. Don't make the mistake of thinking these mark any sort of path! Just meander the rest of your way to the highest point by whatever route looks most interesting to you!

    Chip Sprague completed Devil's Honeycomb Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Chip Sprague reviewed Trail Through Time: Pickle Springs Natural Area

    almost 6 years ago

    Great hike! Just about has it all--stunning rock formations, quiet shady streams, whispering pines, long distance views. There's a good bit of trail erosion, especially where folks have "made their own shortcut" but overall this is a definite winner. If you're in the area, you may also want to check out Hickory Canyons--only about a 1/2 hour away.

    Chip Sprague completed Pickle Springs Natural Area

    almost 6 years ago

    Chip Sprague reviewed Hickory Canyons Natural Area Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Excellent hike. Well-maintained and good for most all ages/abilities.

    Chip Sprague reviewed Bell Mountain Wilderness Area Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Two trailheads and a loop in the middle give plenty of options for this hike. I took the southern trailhead and did the loop for a 12.7-mile hike. Will try to upload my gps track as there doesn't seem to be one on alltrails.com. None of the ascents were overly steep but there were a lot of loose rocks on most of the trail. I saw no other hikers but did scare up several deer, squirrels, and turkeys. Even saw a couple pigs and 5-6 piglets. Bring plenty of water!

    Chip Sprague completed Bell Mountain Loop Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Chip Sprague reviewed Piney Creek Ravine Nature Reserve Trail

    about 6 years ago

    Nice trail. Little disappointed that I wasn't able to make out any of the ancient art.

    Chip Sprague reviewed Little Grand Canyon Trail

    about 6 years ago

    Very nice trail & very scenic. Not much water flow so the descent and ascent were relatively dry. I hiked it counter-clockwise and the only problem came when I was going back up out of the canyon. At one point two separate creek falls merged and it wasn't obvious which was the correct trail (rest of the trail was marked with white blazes but they were missing here.) Ended up with a group of about 8 people wondering which was the correct way until someone else who was familiar with the trail came along!

    Chip Sprague completed Little Grand Canyon Trail

    about 6 years ago