Not too strenuous. Two uphill sections to get from Forest Park to Grandview Dr. Only one going back.

Very well marked trails. A few hills, but not too strenuous. It can be combined with some of the inner trails to go a little farther.

on Deer Run Trail Loop

1 month ago

Always a favorite. Go near dusk and you will likely see deer. Saw 6 today.

The trails are well marked and fun to hike. Lots of rolling hills and scenic quiet spots. In early spring it’s easy to see the river from the higher elevations. Nice little gift shop too. Well worth getting to know!

clean swiggity

7 months ago

the hills are challenging but the view is worth it. seems well maintained. I went right at dawn, the parking was easy and the sunrise was beautiful.

Always well kept and easy for me and the kids. The trails can be busy on weekends.

The trails were pretty flat and awesome. I really enjoyed it. Me and my g/f even saw about 5 or 6 deer as well.

My daughter and I hiked the PimiteouiTrail. There were fabulous views and we saw plenty of deer.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

As Robyn said below, this trail is currently closed until July (post from Forest Park on Facebook a few days ago). But when it reopens, I'd highly recommend it. It has some challenging parts with uphills and stairs, but overall I'd rate it moderate to easy. I usually take the Bee Tree Trail up and access the trail from the ridge. At the conclusion, I don't take the stairs to do Deer Run, but continue on Lower Deer Run, which eventually leads you back to the main Valley Loop Trail by the nature center. I like to pack a snack and stop for a few seconds to enjoy nature in the little "treehouse" built about halfway through the trail.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Just letting people know this trail has been closed for the last few months due to erosion. Not sure when they will be re-opening it.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Very beautiful trails, very well marked, very well done. Trails for everyone.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Nice to see some water flowing after the rain. Not too muddy, only a few slick spots.

Wake Robin Trail is closed due to construction to fix some erosion on the trail. All Other trails are open. Beautiful hike with a little stream that runs through it.

Nice, well marked trail with a great little visitors center on site. Trail was frozen and a little slippery in spots, especially on the downhill portions. There was a sign saying the Wake Robin portion was closed, so we did two quick loops of the Valley Trail portion.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Trail was well maintained, and there was a lot of wildlife compared to others in the area. The trail was hilly and the map was easy to follow. Make sure to stop by the nature center beforehand and pick up a map. It was definitely a moderate hike and I would recommend it to anybody!

Monday, September 26, 2016

nature walks with toddlers are the best!

Doesn't allow pets, not a fan

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Several different loops to choose from varying in difficulty.

This park has a few trails to hike. Beautiful park!

Friday, June 03, 2016

This is a hidden gem in the Peoria area. There are a lot of hills and good overlooks of the Illinois River.

very nice walk..alot of trees down from wind..

Monday, August 10, 2015

Forest Park Trail: Pimiteoui. 1.25 mil out and back.
Excellent trail, well maintained. Away from the regular trails so less traveled.
Wx. Warm, dry
Trail. Hard pack dirt, well maintained. Ends at a parking area with water fountain.
Blaze. Well marked, obvious.

cross country skiing
Friday, May 29, 2015

Great for all to enjoy :)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Excellent conditions on the trail.

Great hike for the whole family and the nature center was a nice stop after the hike.

Awesome trail! Well kept and beautiful! The difficult trails were a nice "challenge".
You hike three different level, easy, medium, difficult and all are clearly marked.

trail running
Saturday, November 23, 2013

Forest Park is one of the better maintained trails I've been on (in my limited experience). There are a variety of paths you can combine to make longer and shorter distances depending on what you want to go for. With flat stretches and some significant hills, it's good for trail running but you may end up walking/hiking parts of it. Overall one of my favorite to date.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Forest Park is perhaps the best hiking area in central Illinois. The river bluffs provide numerous hills to get your heart rate up if that's your interest. If not, there are valley loop trails that are relatively level and somewhat wheel chair accessible. The woods are filled with deer, squirrels, wild turkeys and many varieties of birds. There are quite a few trails that can be combined to create just about any length of hike. My wife and I frequently hike a series of trails that is 3.5 miles long with about 650 ft of elevation gain.

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Inmerse in the city, it's the best place you can go if you live in Peoria. Nice views, you can see deers, squirrels and birds all the time. Medium level trails. The visitors center provides a lot of info (thanks to those guys by the way)

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