Fults Hill Prairie Nature Preserve Trail is a 1.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Prairie du Rocher, Illinois that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from March until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.4 miles
383 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips

trail running





wild flowers



3 months ago

I really wanted to enjoy this trip with my family. I took my two kids (3 and 8) and while it was great to get them out into the woods. The trail was more of a deer path than a family friendly trail. I’m going to go and hike it on my own. But it is certainly not kid appropriate.

4 months ago

Steep stair climb at first. Looks like folks get to the west lookouts for the good views then turnaround and head back down. After the west view the trail was very overgrown to where you couldn’t see it. So we turned around and went back down. We might revisit another time of year.

10 months ago

Great hike if you don't mind climbing several hundred steps to get to the top. Great views of the Mississippi River Valley.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Loess hill praire. Great views to the west and south.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Was an ok hike after you get up the 200 plus steps at the beginning but very short - there is lots of potential here to add more trails but at this point there is only one and it was kind of overgrown in spots

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The second half of the trail is a little overgrown, but it provides some good views of the midwest farm land. If you are in good cardiovascular shape, it makes for a fun, quick jog.

Friday, May 26, 2017

It was super fun, lots of animals were out. The trail was very grown up and the end and beginning are very steep. I really enjoyed this trial!!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Great views of the Mississippi valley

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Did some field work here as a graduate student. The first part is a steep nearly vertical climb but it's rolling hills once you're on top of the bluffs and among the prairies. You get a great view of the Mississippi flood plain and local farmland.

Monday, October 17, 2016

First part is steep climb, but then is flat. Great Trail!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

tough but great!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Beautiful Views and great workout

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Stairs definitely make it easier to get to the top, narrow in some places and loose rock on way down..but my 3 year old nephew walked most of it alone with no issues. Beautiful views and path easy to follow. Whole family loved it.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Great hike through the woods with beautiful views from the bluffs! The dogs enjoyed it too!

Thursday, October 01, 2015

The trail is actually rated as extreme difficulty. We went up the stairs first, which really gets your heart pumping and blood flowing and also makes you want to turn around, but the views are definitely worth it. Lots of loose rocks on the path down. Other than that it's a great workout!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Spectacular views, intense elevation climb, must see to believe, no ticks in January! So special that you will go back. Try to find the 1880 plow with trees grown thru it. Wow, best views in Illinois

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Trail not marked, but easy to follow. Ascent and descent moderate difficulty. Great views towards end if you walk counter clockwise. Little overgrown in spots. Beautiful wildflowers blooming. Watch out for ticks and poison ivy.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

MISERABLE hike! Trail overgrown. Not well marked. Entrance covered with trash. Tick infested. Will NOT be back!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Hiked this trail with my two children ages 5 and 11. They did great. Not really sure why this trail is rated as "extreme". The first leg of the trail is about a 250 ft ascent, then it levels until the descent. The trails were very well maintained.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Prepare for a steep climb and little else. The prairie, however, is worth the climb.

Monday, January 02, 2012

Great views, nice short hike with approx 250ft elevation change from trailhead at parking lot to top of bluffs.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Nice short hike with great views. About 250ft elevation change from trailhead to top of ridge.

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