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Abandoned Observatory Trail [CLOSED]

Walnut Point State Park

Abandoned Observatory Trail is a 2.9 mile out and back trail located near Oakland, Illinois that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

Distance: 2.9 miles Elevation Gain: 157 feet Route Type: Out & Back


nature trips






historic site

This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options.

17 days ago

Little bit of an overgrown trail. But down near the river bottoms it gets pretty interesting. It opens up a lot and the trees have a bit of an eerie look to them. Go up the hill and you’re in some really big pine trees for the area. Get through that and the observatory comes into view. I gotta say, when I encountered it I wasn’t expecting it. It’s a really nifty find and quite interesting to look at. Definitely recommend this outside the box trail.

2 months ago

2 months ago

Sat Feb 18 2017