Herbie Beyler Trail is a 0.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Carbondale, Illinois that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.6 miles
62 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



trail running



wild flowers


city walk

Green Earth offers hiking and outdoor recreation at six sites across Carbondale, IL. All properties are open to the public during daylight hours. This preserve was the first of the Green Earth's properties. It is located in eastern Carbondale at the top of the hill on Park Street, about halfway between Wall and Giant City Road. The parking for this site is just west of the Carbondale Township Fire Dept. ​ Brush Hill is approximately 20 acres of forested hills. The .6 mile trail loop is named after one of the founding members of Green Earth, Herbie Beyler. This trail is moderately difficult because of elevation changes. The full trail passes through many different habitats, including an old clearing, an upland forest, a lowland forest, a seasonal pond, and a coal pit excavated by early settlers. The derecho storm that swept through the Carbondale area during May 2009 permanently changed the face of this woodland. What was a mature forest with closed canopy structure was set back successionally to nearly open field conditions. The oaks, hickories, and walnuts that dominated much of the west facing slope are gone. Sapling trees will now have to compete with shrub species for sunlight and other resources. The hiking trail that was closed for months following the derecho was opened thanks to the hard work of volunteers Keith and Mark Beyler. Since the trail's reopening, several sections have been re-routed to deal with downed trees and long standing erosion problems. The lower, wetter sections of the trail can still be problematic after rain, but Green Earth constructed gravel turnpikes, greatly improving the footing. Major improvements have been made over the past few years and will continue with the help of our fantastic volunteer labor force. Please visit http://www.greenearthinc.org/ for more information.

3 months ago

Green Earth is an excellent organization in Carbondale that provides oversight of several preserves within city limits. This particular location may warrant a slightly moderate rating due to the elevation changes going up and down the hill. A great place for fall colors, and although it might be a little muddy after a rain, it is great to see the dry creek beds running with water. Recent additions include bike racks, benches, and garbage/recycling receptacles. Check out Green Earth's website to discover other trails and events that are hosted in the community!