Horseshoe Lake - Walker's Island Trail

EASY 29 reviews

Horseshoe Lake - Walker's Island Trail is a 3.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Granite City, 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.

3.7 miles
39 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly






mountain biking


trail running





wild flowers


bridge out



over grown

washed out

Part of Horseshoe Lake State Park in Madison County, IL. Trail is on an island that is connected by a two lane road. Flat trail through fields and woods following the lake around the island. Island is open to hunting in the fall. Trail is well mowed path through the timber and along the fields of the island. Some places get a little muddy and there are a few bridges out in the campground that can be easily gone around.

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1 month ago

Nice scenery and tons of wildlife!

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5 months ago

it is a great hike for short hikes, it is also nearby so that is a plus. I wish I had a good hiking partner to share in the fun.

6 months ago

Not much here. Cool if you like farm fields and swamps I guess.

8 months ago

9 months ago

The park received funding from a donor and reopened.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Lots of fun, but the park lost funding and closed.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Thursday, April 21, 2016

This park is closing down. Sad to see it go, it was a close hike for me.

Friday, April 08, 2016

Pretty nice walk!

Friday, April 08, 2016

Saturday, March 19, 2016

first time on this trail. I'll come back. good trail to break in my new hiking boots

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Wide trail, well maintained. Follows some farmland which is less than desirable. But beautiful lake and birds...birds definitely don't disappoint.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Easy, wide, grassy, flat. The loop is 3.9 miles. We walked a gravel road interior to the loop that leads to campsites to increase our distance. Not challenging but pleasant and close to home. My geriatric dog had no problems. This trail would be easy for smaller children. I'll be back with grandbabies in a double jogging stroller - the trail is that well maintained and flat. Half or more of this trail is in full sun. For a big portion you have crop land on one side and Horseshoe Lake on the other side. There are some nice water views. If you look closely at one of my photos (the last one) you can see the St Louis arch above the trees. The trailhead has a small pavilion with some BBQ pits and picnic tables. This would make be a fun day for young families.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Easy flat trail. Can see the St. Louis Arch from the cornfield part of the tail.