Cahokia Mounds

EASY 59 reviews

Cahokia Mounds is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Collinsville, Illinois that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
49 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

wild flowers

wildlife

historic site

One of the greatest cities of the world, Cahokia was larger than London was in AD 1250. The Mississippians who lived here were accomplished builders who erected a wide variety of structures from practical homes for everyday living to monumental public works that have maintained their grandeur for centuries.

walking
18 days ago

The museum alone is worth it! Great historic site, nice walk. Some stairs if you want to go to the top of the mounds, but other than that it is pretty accessible to everyone.

walking
2 months ago

This park does not have very much nature, but there are a lot of cool places with the mounds and the museum is also cool

5 months ago

World Heritage Site. Must see

walking
6 months ago

The biggest Indian mound in the U.S.! This is a neat place to walk and see all these mounds. Also has a archaeology museum with a lot of different Indian tools etc.

I've lived in this area my whole life and finally walked the trail. I usually attend events at the museum and climb Monk's Mound. Park in the last lot, behind the museum. I just stayed left and followed the path, always choosing the least paved paths. It goes much further back into the woods than I thought. I must have seen about a dozen deer. Beautiful.

walking
6 months ago

First class museum, great walking trails to various mounds. This is a destination hike.

8 months ago

great for walking, not what I would consider a hike.

8 months ago

do not follow the ma
misleading. stay on the museum side of trail. very pretty but short. lots of beautiful wildlife! all the deer made the short trail ride worth it!

hiking
9 months ago

I was here with family on 8/20/17, one hot day with heat index over 100 degrees. We all did Monk's Mound and then we split up as some could do much more than my Dad & I. By the way, there are 146 stairs to the top of Monk's Mound. It's worth the climb, just be warned if it's hot out, the stairs' railing was super hot to the touch.
Place was great and when it was too hot, the visitor center had a nice museum, movie and gift shop. I hope to do more next time, when it's not so hot

hiking
10 months ago

Loved the area - had a lot more real hiking trails than I anticipated although the signage was not very good - it's best to have a trail map before heading out.

10 months ago

easy... i love the deer and wild turkey. i always encounter them here.

hiking
11 months ago

Great walk with family. Wonderful history lesson. Nice paved walkways. Steep climb to top of Monk's Mound. Nice view though.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Gorgeous views, level ground, and lots of persimmon trees. Watch out for flooding in early summer.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

A historic and fun hike, not the most scenic but still a great time.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Need to remember bug spray next time! Not all trails were well marked, but I enjoyed it.

hiking
Monday, June 13, 2016

Great place to hike/walk with the whole family. We followed the perimeter trail which was about 5 miles. Good mix of open field and wooded trails.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

It's a beautiful hike with lots to see

walking
Saturday, April 09, 2016

Excellent walk/hike! Big cal burn/steps!!! Do the 10 mile route!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Flat trail, mildly interesting. Add Monks mound with the challenge and the view and interest goes up. A good portion of the trail is mowed path through farm fields, which is the reason it is a bit tedious. Wooded areas were nice.

walking
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Nice area and the 154 steps up Monks Mound are a real workout! It's a beautiful view from the top.

hiking
Saturday, April 18, 2015

Trails were hard to follow, they were not mowed. Had to keep searching for trail markers/post which are wood and hard to find because they blended into the trees.

hiking
Thursday, January 16, 2014

A very pleasant hike. Multiple trail options allowed us to hike the distance that we wanted (7 miles). All routes are flat, but longer routes have stretches through the woods which are nice. Be sure to stop in the visitor's center for a map. Be sure to check out Monk's Mound. Dogs are welcome on all trails and the mound if they are leashed. We saw lots of birds and deer during our hike.

hiking
Sunday, April 14, 2013

Great place for the whole family, amazingly interesting . Must see

walking
Sunday, August 12, 2012

What a neat place! You can read more about it at www.cahokiamounds.org but the gist is that this is the largest archaeological site north of Mexico. Weaving throughout the site's features are several trails that can be mixed & matched to the length you desire. Guidebooks are available for a small price (

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