Big Rock Forest Preserve Trail

MODERATE 16 reviews

Big Rock Forest Preserve Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Big Rock, Illinois that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
216 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

hiking
8 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

walking
2 months ago

Nice but not as scenic as we hoped

walking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Nice views by lake. Pretty muddy if it's rained recently.

hiking
4 months ago

Came here and did some hiking and fishing . Beautiful preserve. The lake is deep with some nice places to Fish. Saw eagles flying over the trees soaring and gliding. It's a hidden gem.

backpacking
6 months ago

Ed, Shadow and I started on walk over bridge and through woods to Prarie part must have been burned last fall all blavkened. Through woods and across bridge and we did the Lake loop beautiful sunny day and two Eagles soaring overhead, gorgeous!

hiking
8 months ago

Nice quiet spot without much traffic in the winter months. Has some small hills and valleys to give you a few short moments of climbing.

camping
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

I camped at Big Rock Campground (just north of this) and there is a 1.3 mile trail that connects to this trail. Campground and trails were average. Siegler lake is a beautiful catch/release lake, saw many bass/panfish.. and a big ol' carp. The trail around it was labeled as 'gravel' - it's about 15% gravel, 60% dirt, and 25% grass. The offshoot trail up the hill is barley mowed overgrown atv tracks. Trail to the campground is basic crushed limestone. West Savanna Trail is a bit overgrown for a mowed path. 2 pieces of wood from the bundle of wood i bought were half burnt already, lol. As a whole it was an ok camping experience and ok trails. I'll upload a pic of the map they had at the campground.

walking
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Nice short trail for northern Illinois. Pleasant and a little wild. Walked it in spring and enjoyed tracking down the song of frogs.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

trail running
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Refreshing to find this little park amongst all the fields. Some limestone trails, but there are several stretches of mown grass for those that like a bit more variation in their run...not to mention softer foot falls. Looking forward to exploring more of the area soon.

walking
Sunday, April 21, 2013

hiking
Wednesday, September 12, 2012

hiking
Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Lots of coyote / dog droppings along the crushed limestone areas of the trail, near the parking lot. I would rate it higher if I hadn't hiked it when it was 93 F.