Carlyle Lake and Eldon Hazlet State Park Trail

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Carlyle Lake and Eldon Hazlet State Park Trail is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Carlyle, Illinois that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

2.1 miles
147 feet

kid friendly



nature trips

off road driving

road biking




trail running
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19 days ago

I live near here and run these trails weekly.

Cherokee has three loops where one can exit or keep going to the next loop. There's an 1860's cemetery. Plenty of lookout areas with great water scenery. Secluded beaches. Deer and wildlife.

Hazlet has Cherokee, Pawnee, Kaskaskia, and Illini trails that are all connected and allow one to hike around most of Hazlet State Park.

All the trails are easy to walk wooded trails that are kept mowed and debris free.

I also never see anyone else out here, so you should have the trail all to yourself.

1 month ago

Pawnee Trail was great for a family hike. Trailhead had informational maps, latrines, and a very large gravel parking lot. Trail is well marked and very well maintained. Starting on the West side the trail is hard packed dirt, winding through the forest. The South side gives a great view of the lake from the high bluff. The final leg of Pawnee trail is a sidewalk from the cemetary back to the parking area. Pawnee trail intersects with another trail several times but both trails are well marked. Great hike with kids. about 1.5 miles of level trail in all.

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

This is more than just one trail. It's a series of trails that adds up to more than 3 miles. Nice wildlife. I saw several deer, and a coon, on the Kaskaskia trail. The trails are well marked and well maintained.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Great trail! Super easy to find and navigate. Perfect for beginners or someone wanting a quick hike.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Monday, August 27, 2012

Nice wooded trails with several loops so you can walk as far as you want. The trails I have hiked were very easy. They were pretty flat and well maintained. I saw several deer and many birds!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Easy access to this trail and joining trails, makes for a quick relaxing hike through the woods along Carlyle Lake. Well maintained trail, good for a family hike.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Very big lake, but not many viewing areas. Nice trails through the forest around the lake.Very good birding stop.