Forest Nature Center Outer Loop Trail

MODERATE 53 reviews

Forest Nature Center Outer Loop Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Peoria Heights, Illinois. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips.

4.0 miles
505 feet

kid friendly


nature trips

trail running


no dogs

1 month ago

clean swiggity

7 months ago

Always well kept and easy for me and the kids. The trails can be busy on weekends.

7 months ago

The trails were pretty flat and awesome. I really enjoyed it. Me and my g/f even saw about 5 or 6 deer as well.

8 months ago

My daughter and I hiked the PimiteouiTrail. There were fabulous views and we saw plenty of deer.

10 months ago

Very beautiful trails, very well marked, very well done. Trails for everyone.

10 months ago

Nice to see some water flowing after the rain. Not too muddy, only a few slick spots.

10 months ago

Wake Robin Trail is closed due to construction to fix some erosion on the trail. All Other trails are open. Beautiful hike with a little stream that runs through it.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Nice, well marked trail with a great little visitors center on site. Trail was frozen and a little slippery in spots, especially on the downhill portions. There was a sign saying the Wake Robin portion was closed, so we did two quick loops of the Valley Trail portion.

Monday, September 26, 2016

nature walks with toddlers are the best!

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Doesn't allow pets, not a fan

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Several different loops to choose from varying in difficulty.

Friday, July 22, 2016

This park has a few trails to hike. Beautiful park!

Friday, June 03, 2016

This is a hidden gem in the Peoria area. There are a lot of hills and good overlooks of the Illinois River.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

very nice walk..alot of trees down from wind..

Monday, August 10, 2015

Forest Park Trail: Pimiteoui. 1.25 mil out and back.
Excellent trail, well maintained. Away from the regular trails so less traveled.
Wx. Warm, dry
Trail. Hard pack dirt, well maintained. Ends at a parking area with water fountain.
Blaze. Well marked, obvious.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Excellent conditions on the trail.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Great hike for the whole family and the nature center was a nice stop after the hike.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Awesome trail! Well kept and beautiful! The difficult trails were a nice "challenge".
You hike three different level, easy, medium, difficult and all are clearly marked.

trail running
Saturday, November 23, 2013

Forest Park is one of the better maintained trails I've been on (in my limited experience). There are a variety of paths you can combine to make longer and shorter distances depending on what you want to go for. With flat stretches and some significant hills, it's good for trail running but you may end up walking/hiking parts of it. Overall one of my favorite to date.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Forest Park is perhaps the best hiking area in central Illinois. The river bluffs provide numerous hills to get your heart rate up if that's your interest. If not, there are valley loop trails that are relatively level and somewhat wheel chair accessible. The woods are filled with deer, squirrels, wild turkeys and many varieties of birds. There are quite a few trails that can be combined to create just about any length of hike. My wife and I frequently hike a series of trails that is 3.5 miles long with about 650 ft of elevation gain.

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