Live Eagle Cam! See a live view of an active Bald Eagle's nest at the visitor center. A pair of eagles has returned to a local nest, where they are currently spending several hours a day. A nature-lover's paradise, this 8,000-acre park is famous for the exceptional beauty of its fall colors and for its bald eagles during the winter. In addition to enjoying the spectacular view of the Illinois River and its backwaters from several points atop the bluffs, visitors can take advantage of a variety of year-round recreational opportunities, including horseback riding, camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, and boating. Pere Marquette's Visitor Center, opened in October 1997, welcomes you with a three-dimensional map of the park and wealth of other displays and exhibits concerning the Illinois River, wildlife habitat, local history, and geology.

The depicted route, going counterclockwise starts on hickory south, then continuing on fern hollow, leaving fern hollow onto rattlesnake, then a short road walk to continue on fern hollow trail, then hickory north, onto hickory, a stop at the overlook and then down ravine. I live directly behind the park and hike some section of this daily. (Lucky boy)

Great trail!!

hiking
29 days ago

Awesome view but a steep climb . I would rate this trail as moderate for sure.

Fun and the back half wasn't crowded

We took the dogs to do the big loop and it was a very enjoyable hike. There were a couple trees down over the path and parts were muddy from recent rain, but that didn’t detract from the walk!

Very well kept, moderate hills to get your heart pumping along with great lookouts!

Great views of the Mississippi and Illinois river confluence as well as a large oxbow lake left behind by the meandering rivers. Trails are wide, generally well maintained and marked very well.

hiking
3 months ago

This park and it's trails have always been a favorite of mine since the late '70's. The view at the top of the ridge is beautiful looking over both the Illinois and Mississippi rivers. Unfortunately, I'm disappointed that the trails have not been kept up from the much erosion over the years, so there are deep ruts and the trail can be muddy and slippery after rain. Despite the eroding trails, I will continue to return for the wooded beauty and scenic views. In the meantime, hopefully, the State of Illinois will address their much deteriorated situations and keep their parks open.

Beautiful views. Not sure about the easy rating with the elevation climb, but I made it.

Nice park. Great signage all of the trails are labeled. There are different trails you can do and numerous scenic look out points. Also a scenic drive if you want to go back to the top to take some photos or watch the sun set.

The trail was in great shape. Markings are very easy to see and there are plenty of them. If you are doing the full loop you want to take Dogwood (it splits, left is neat), then it turns into Ridge, then Hickory, then Hickory North, then be sure to peel off left to Fern Hollow, cross the road and continue. Then Hickory South. The last mile marker you will see is 5miles. Roughly 5.5 mile loop.

Marked well and well maintained. Great views at the top.

Went this past Saturday when the temps were in the mid 20’s and had the whole place to myself practically - only saw 5 other people all day - if i went again i would hike the other paths counterclockwise to avoid the hills

I love this park it keeps me coming back every year great place to hike I know the trails by heart now I've been there so many times for me just a great place to be it's got some pretty nice of views if I could give anybody advice when you're there I would say go down the yellow Trail so you can play on all the rocks and all the cliff sides as you go back down to the parkinglot.

My favorite hike, but then I might be prejudiced since it's practically in my backyard. The trail as depicted is closer to five miles. To get right under 6 you need to include goatcliff trail.

Nice climb to great view and historic shelter.

Great trail. The heavy woods were beautiful. I was hoping for more scenic vistas of the river valley but there were enough look outs to satisfy me. We will be going back again to see how it changes when the leaves drop.

Fun trail with rocks for the kids to climb. Lots of poison ivy just to the side of the beginning of the paved trail. Good viewing area at the top.

hiking
8 months ago

My wife and I took our kids up this trail. We were foolish enough to attempt it with a baby stroller! Many stairs and drop offs along the trail. Very difficult for any children unbalanced. Wife was surprised to see a rat snake laying in the trail in a more wooded area.

The state park here has many options to choose from if you want a shorter hike. I took the trails that ended up being just over 6 miles. There are two inclines that just kicked my butt, mind you it was 115* heat index that day. Overall the trail was challenging and fun. Trail was also marked well.

One thing I wanted others to be aware of is that there are no outdoor fresh water sources or any water along the trails! I took my dog with me, packed over 2L of water and it wasn't nearly enough! My poor dog was dying by the time we reached the end, so I may or may not have let her go swimming in the coy pond. Lol. You can get fresh drinking water inside the visitor center.

easy... explorative... lush

pretty & easy

Saw 2 pretty large snakes on the trail - yikes!

Not moderate....

hiking
Monday, May 15, 2017

Challenging incline leads to beautiful lookout!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Challenging incline leads to beautiful lookout!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Beautiful if a bit crowded.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

great views. well marked and well kept. went with multiple familes with kids ranging 6 to 9.

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