Cache River and Heron Pond State Natural Areas

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Cache River and Heron Pond State Natural Areas is a 7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Belknap, Illinois that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
7.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
396 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

7 days ago

The Heron pond was neat to see. there are railings up to walk over it so that you don't step in it. The rest of the trail could be hard to follow since the leafs cover the trail in the fall. we tried following the wildcat bluff signs, but got cut off at the waters and was unsure where to go. for the most part we kind of made our own trail. this trail is full of beautiful trees. lots of spider webs to be cautious about. be careful about the ticks also.

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5 months ago

In this .gpx recording, we came in on the Marshall Ridge Access portion of the park map. We never came upon any boardwalks. I think if/when I go back, I will come in from one of the other access points (Heron Pond Access Point or Wildcat Bluff Access), as those parts seem more interesting.

It was about a 2.5 mile hike out through this forest, and the cypress swamp loop was about .5 miles at most. I think this part of the park is under-used and not maintained well. There is one trail that would have been faster back but it was very overgrown, so we didn't take it.

6 months ago

Beautiful trail. Love cache river. Rent kayaks and take the canoe trail:

11 months ago

Beautiful cypress swamp!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Beautiful trail!

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Very scenic trail, great for young hikers. Trail is wide and well marked. The boardwalk in to the trees is well worth the hike.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Very beautiful scenery, and the boardwalk was a really nice feature. The hike itself is easy and you can extend your hike by following the signs to the Little black slough.

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Sunday, May 08, 2016

I love coming to Heron pond. It's right down the road!

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Tuesday, September 08, 2015

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Sunday, September 06, 2015

Very nice easy trail Heron pond was beautiful

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Great trail anytime of the year

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Very quiet trail with beautiful cypress swamp boardwalk. Lots of wildlife!