Exceptionally beautiful trail that is well maintained featuring small hills and plenty of shade. Cannot recommend this loop enough.

Not as strenuous as I thought it would be. I go to a place in Michigan called Palisades Park, they have a set of steps that are killer.

One Wheel XR

Only did 2 1/2 miles but very beautiful and very shaded

Wear bug spray. I think I fed half the mosquito population of Palos on our walk!

A good find in southern Illinois! Pleasantly surprised.

Great workout, fun environment with people of varying fitness levels using the space provided to cross-train and socialize. New additions to the stairs include abacus beads for keeping track of laps/flights, another set of stairs for better traffic flow, bathrooms, and a warming shelter.

What a great workout. Still feeling the burn on Friday. Did the stairs twice and hiked 5 miles. It was very beautiful.

I had fun riding my bike here. People are nice. I will be back.

Great running trail; it was quite difficult for me. Very challenging especially with all the inclines.

Great Easter hike

Nice area to unwind and enjoy nature. The trail is maintained but very slippery in winter. Nothing complicated or technical skills needed, just a good pair of hiking boots and some water.

I have hiked sections of this trail multiple times, and this is the first time I did the whole loop. Great trail.

11 months ago

Nice 11k run!

Enjoyed the beautiful hike with a few steep climbs. Looking forward to future walks here.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Excellent trail! Well marked, nice challenging hike.

mountain biking
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Fun trail, the gravel was very lose in many spots. I rode a trek ds 2 and I had a few issues keeping traction.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

I'm no runner or fitness buff, in fact i'm old, over weight and have too many injuries to list, but i still like a challenge. My personal best climbing stairs was 802 @ Matthiessen State Park last year (along with 4.5 miles). I read about Swallow Cliff earlier this year, thought if there was a good weather day, i'd check it out. Well, that day came (6/19/17) so i drove the 25 miles to get there and try my luck.
There were more people there than i would have thought for a Monday, even so i didn't have any problems with anyone there. Just walking, no racing for me, really didn't being lapped by so many, maybe cause so many were very nice.
Up one set of stairs, down the other will give you 293 Stairs. I wanted 2 "Laps", but hoped for 3....I did 4. But then decided to do a half lap up the longer side (168 stairs) and like a fool, i went to the top and back down with a day total of 1,508 Stairs.
Today is the 20th & I hurt; getting out of a chair hurts, going up and down stairs in house hurt, but I'm damn glad i did 5 trips up and down.
2017 i did go back, on 7/14 i returned and did 2,016 stairs.
2018, not a good year with bad knee, feet and a fall in late 2017 that helped to pack lbs back on. With a daily average walking about 60% of previous years, i wanted to get back to those stairs. 7/23/18 i made it back.
I have to say a HUGE Thanks to the people that are on those stairs. I easily outweighed the next heavy person by 100+ lbs. With my increased pain and anxiety of weight and pain, i wasn't sure how i would do there. But the more i was on the stairs, the more people that said Good Job, Keep It Up or just gave me thumbs up. A few stopped and talked to me, which allowed me a nice little break. I have found on some trails, i get the same response and it helps. I can be so self defeating, having people that are so fit be so supportive is awesome. Bad Knee and all, i did 1,622 stairs; beat one of my trips last year and i was in pain for a week plus, but it was worth it.
I'll be back, i want to beat that 2016!! Thank You Swallow Cliffs

Decently marked trails. Even in wet weather, the trails don't get too muddy. Lots of equestrian activity.

I did the total yellow loop. Very nice trail, but be careful after heavy rain. It is clear that lots of parts flood after a storm. Give it a couple days and it will be ok. I went on a Sunday and traffic was low to none in some parts. Very nice interaction with trail runners, hikers, and horse riders. This trail must be very beautiful when foliage blooms in a month or so. I highly recommend it!

Nice trail make sure you wear boots if it's wet out.

trail running
Saturday, March 04, 2017

Lovely trail

Sunday, February 26, 2017


First time on this trail. More of a walking path than hiking trail. Well traveled by joggers, walkers and bikers. Good if your looking to get some miles in. Very urban

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

This is a lovely trail with little rivers and pretty scenery. There's hilly terrain and I went during the winter so parts of the trail were icy. I got lost trying to do the full loop. The trail can intersect with a nearby trail if you aren't paying attention. So I suggest using this app to stay on course.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Went for the stairs and only hiked a small distance. Need to go back and do the complete trail.

Challenging runs up and down the many hill. Some very steep

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Lots of hills, and beautiful scenery.

Wonderful trail!

trail running
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

this is an amazing place to get a good workout. The hills are life, really makes u feel like ur in full beast mode.

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