Cherokee Trail Loop

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Cherokee Trail Loop 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.1 miles
95 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



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Cherokee trails are broken into 3 loops. Loop 1 is about 1.2 miles and loops 2 and 3 are about .8 miles each. Loop 2 and 3 share a common leg for a short distance. Loop 3 also shares a leg with Pawnee trail. The two split at the end of a paved path that leads from the parking area to an old cemetery of early settlers in the area. There are several nice views of Lake Carlyle. The trail is nicely wooded and there are deer, fox and other wildlife possibly seen along the way.

3 months ago

Hiked Pawnee to Kaskaskia then did the Eagle loop and back to Illini Campground.
2.4 miles total. Saw 5 deer but no Snakes ☹️! A few swampy places but nothing major. Nice hike. Not much maintenance done on trails yet.

11 months 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.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

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.

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.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

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

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!

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.

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