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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 bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.5 mi Elevation gain 49 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Partially paved Wild flowers Wildlife Historic site
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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.

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Cahokia Mounds Visitor Center 30 Ramey Street, Collinsville, IL 62234 (618)-346-5160 (618) 398-5995

From St. Louis City and West County Take I-55/70, 64 or Highway 40 & 44 across the Poplar St. Bridge into Illinois. Follow I-55/70, not 64, to Exit 6 (Highway 111). Exit and turn right onto Highway 111 South. At stoplight make a left onto Collinsville Road. The Interpretive Center is about 1.5 miles on the right. From North St. Louis County and St. Charles Take I-270 East into Illinois to I-255. Take I-255 South (Memphis) to Exit 24, Collinsville Road. Exit and turn left onto Collinsville Road at the stoplight at the end of the off-ramp. The Interpretive Center is about 1.5 miles on the left. From Northern and Eastern Illinois Via I-55/70 Take I-55 South or I-70 West to the I-255 exit 10, just past Collinsville. Take I-255 South (Memphis) to the next Exit (24) at Collinsville Road. Exit and turn left onto Collinsville Road at the stoplight at the end of the off-ramp. The Interpretive Center is about 1.5 miles on the left. From I-64 Take I-64 East or West to I-255 North. Take I-255 North to Exit 24, Collinsville Road. Exit and turn left onto Collinsville Road at the stoplight at the end of the off-ramp. The Interpretive Center is about 1.5 miles on the left. From South St. Louis County Take I-255 across the Jefferson Barracks Bridge into Illinois. Continue on I-255 until Exit 24, Collinsville Road. Exit and turn left onto Collinsville Road at the stoplight at the end of the off-ramp. The Interpretive Center is about 1.5 miles on the left.

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Justin Kralemann
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Hiking

Elevation is basically flat except for walking up the mound. The paved and grave paths were easy to navigate but most of the trails are just open fields. I would have been lost without the app. The trails are marked by the grass being about 1 inch shorter than the rest of the grass. Very peaceful. Not many people once you get off paved trails.

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Christian Woodward
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Hiking

Nice trail, well-maintained. Lot of possible turns so use the map on here to stay on the right path.

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taraji smith
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Hiking

Most of it was open land, but it was a wonderfully peaceful route. I saw more of this beautidul place and got up close to my spirit animal

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Orlando Saez
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Hiking

Don’t come without insect repellent. Mosquitoes and nosees will eat you up! Wooded area is small and you are mostly walking in an open grassy area where around early Sept (as this afternoon) was oppressively hot. I read a lot about the history of the place. The walk is decent if it wasn’t so for the bugs. Another plus, lots of deers around and not overly afraid of humans. Nice to see places where nature and humans can co-exist.

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Michael Taplin
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Rob Wilson
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Holly Daily
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Hiking

Beautiful place with a vibrant history. Definitely worth your time!

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Joanna Bean
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Love Cahokia Mounds! The walks are always so peaceful. Flat and easy. Just a nice place to grab a breath of fresh air.

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alyssa Greer
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WalkingGreat!

We stayed on the loop behind the visitor center and were very happy! This trail was shaded and cool on a rather hot day! An even and level trail that my dogs and mother in law were able to walk across easily.

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Maria Del Rio
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lauren carosone
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Rob Wallace
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Nathan Lawler
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Hiking

Overall, we had a good time. The trails are mainly through prairie grass, but the history around the trails is what makes it. There are plenty of deer to see along the trails. We completed our hike after it had rained in the morning so there was some muddy/standing water spots. We finished around 4 miles, but you could easily turn that into 6-10 miles no problem.

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Willam Atkins
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I really enjoyed the history as I walked along the trails. They were heavily wooded sections and meadow sections. The placard giving information on the history of the people who lived here really make this enjoyable. I’ll definitely hike it again.

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Staci Lanter
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Hiking

Great subset spot!

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Stephen Raines
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Cindy Cunningham
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Gigi Garland
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Hiking

Take a look at the interpretive center close to the trailhead, they have maps and you can buy a recorded tour for $1 I think to help talk you through the history of the trail. Muddy in some spots but great for dogs, families, relaxing stroll. The Monks Mound hike is a steep one, definitely worth it at the top especially around sunset you can see the arch.

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Jaynie Jeffries
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Katie Pease-Keller
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Hiking

Had a few muddy spots, also there were two large black strays dogs roaming chasing deer. Over all gorgeous hike, many options on trails!

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John Wyland
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Hiking

very nice hike with plenty of options for short medium or long hikes beautiful wildlife everywhere

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John Wyland
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Hiking

trail was in great condition loved the hike and it offers 3.5 mile 6.5 mile 10 mile, and much shorter hikes

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Jason Raynor
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Peaceful great to get your mind straight but bring bug spray .. Plenty of deer to see

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Lauren Janee
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Hiking

Very historic. Mostly easy trail. The stairs up the mounds can be a bit exhausting. Lots of full sun areas so wear sunscreen.

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Katie Pease-Keller
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I would defiantly recommend! So many trail options for a long or short hike so much to see site seeing wise.

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