Big Rock Forest Preserve Trail

MODERATE 28 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
187 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

9 days ago

also great for horse riding.

1 month ago

This trail has been expanded to more then double the length in 2017. Should noted that horses are allowed too. It can entered off Jericho Rd or Granart Rd

hiking
2 months ago

It's a nice hike, I guesstimate the path is two thirds shaded. I disagree with the label "moderate", this is an easy hike and the hill on the northwest side can be avoided. Rated 3 stars because of the mosquitoes and it is muddy for days after rain. Sometimes I see people with stand up paddle boards and kayaks in the lake (be prepared to carry them from the parking lot to the launch area) - I personally have not done this but it's worth the mention.

trail running
7 months ago

very nice place to run with dog

walking
Sunday, June 25, 2017

Nice but not as scenic as we hoped

hiking
Saturday, May 27, 2017

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

hiking
Saturday, May 06, 2017

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
Sunday, February 26, 2017

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
Tuesday, January 03, 2017

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.

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.

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.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012