backpacking
1 month ago

I have backpacked this trail in pretty all seasons, the best time I think is in the winter with snowshoes. But the great trail to try out new gear and prep for longer trails. I like to use it for testing out gear, the trail can be hiked in a day, however, you can hike it twice in a weekend.

The trail is not marked the best as some say it is, and most of the man-made structures like bridges, steps assists are pretty warned or just crap. Some parts of the trail are near private residents and they have several dogs that do roam and like to chase day hikers, backpackers. The trail starts out flat but half of it is up and down and side of the hills. If you have knee or foot problems probably better take it slow or go with a buddy.

Overall fun time and always an adventure. Except for the $10.00 for the permit. See ya'll out on the trail!

David "Hippie Hiker"

on River Ridge Trail

backpacking
4 months ago

I love this trail. It’s a great place to practice & hone one’s backpacking skills. There’s a small stream near the East Camp that is a suitable water source for filtration.

The trail was well marked, however some of the crossing structures were either missing or broken. Overall, this is a great trail for overnight hiking. Plenty of water too.

hiking
10 months ago

Absolutely beautiful and hardly anyone on the trails!

trail running
Friday, November 11, 2016

Best trail within an hours drive of Champaign Urbana. Rugged, steep sections, outstanding place, wish it was closer to home.

backpacking
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

A lot of the trail isn't clearly marked and there are plenty of places to accidentally deviate. Make sure you have a full battery on your phone and nothing on that could be draining the battery. You'll need the app GPS to get your bearings a lot.


Also, your GPS may take you to the back entrance of Forest Glen Preserve which is employee use only.  Enter through the main entrance and work your way back to the trail head.


Posting at the start says pre-registration is required.  I didn't register because I didn't know I was supposed to register and had driven about 1.75 hours to get there.  You might find a link to preregister here:. http://www.vccd.org/giforestglen.html

Monday, September 05, 2016

Lots of small trails with some interesting parts. I brought my two boys (8&10) and they were fine. Lots of deer so look out for them. You can get fairly close.

hiking
Sunday, March 13, 2016

I posted pictures of the Underwood Cemetery. The only two stones I could read were from the Underwood family. I believe Illinois became a state in late 1818, so the one person named on the stone lived there before then. Which was only 46years after US was invaded by the first immigrants, haha.

hiking
Sunday, March 13, 2016

This is a long trail that runs the perimeter of the nature preserve. I thought I would hike half way then camp at one of the backpacking sights, but there is a permission slip that has to be pre qualified in order to do this. The nature preserve is a great place, a few ponds, fire watch tower, tent camping, RV camping, trails, river and lots of deer. This is only a few of the things this place offers. Was a good hike but wished I didn't have my 50lb backpack the entire 11 miles. Will be back soon, actually thinking of going back this next weekend. Also good place to play my Native American flute.

hiking
Thursday, July 09, 2015

Great place learn the ropes of backpacking. Multiple stream crossings and small bridges. Largely flat and easy, though some terrain can get pretty technical, especially when muddy. Trails are well marked, though may require some detours or bushwhacking due to fallen trees, washed out bridges, or high waters.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

This is a great trail for the area! Once a year, the KRR running club runs the backpack trail and has a party afterwards. What a great time. The map looks a little funny on here, as the trail is a loop. There is a campsite part way into the trail that folks can reserve and hike out to (I think scout troops do this every so often). The trail really isn't long enough to warrant camping mid-way through.

Rules are attached as a link. They say there's a fee now, which is odd. Note that only a few miles of the backpack trail are exclusively the backpack trail . . . so if you get caught without a permit . . . just be mindful of where you are.

hiking
Saturday, October 20, 2012

Nice trails. Good cover from trees while hiking near the vermillion river. Some primitive camp spots out in the trees that are fairly secluded. Some of the trails are steep in spots but not for long runs. Great beginner course for someone wanting to get into backpacking. Plenty of places to filter water. The river is nice to just jump into during the heat of summer. Nice option for central Illinois.

hiking
Thursday, August 12, 2010

Nice lake. Decent trails.

hiking
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backpacking
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backpacking
Monday, October 17, 2016

on River Ridge Trail

hiking
Sunday, June 26, 2016

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