Indian Point Trail

EASY 95 reviews

Indian Point Trail is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Harrisburg, Illinois that features beautiful wild flowers 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.

DISTANCE
1.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
209 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

Indian Point trail works its way through pine forest transitioning to hardwood timber before reaching the crest of the hill overlooking the surrounding valley. From there you descend below the bluff looping back to the trailhead passing many large rock formations. The short trail offers great overlook of the surrounding valley, very scenic rock formations as you follow the bluffline and after you descend below the bluff. Nice easy short hike for about anyone and plenty of scenery to be of interest to all.

hiking
21 days ago

We took a family hike on Good Friday. The parking lot was overflowing when we started the trail at about 2:45. when we came off the trail 2 hours later, most of the cars were gone.

The trail is easy to follow, bit make sure to watch for the blue markers with a a black arrow in them to be sure you don't take a side trail.

There are several nice spots to take in the views. While we just took a day hike, we met a family that were going out for the night. There were several nice campsites along the trail, mainly on the top side of the trail (beginning third if traveling clockwise). The campsites we saw were visible from the trail.

We didn't see any trail maps during our visit to the area. I like to have one to follow our progress, but we made it. Going left at the fork when you start the trail is probably easier than going right - It's a slower, gentler climb back up the hill.

Be sure to enjoy the Garden of the Gods observation trail while you're so close. The Pharoah campground (primitive, $10/night, self-serve) and picnic area is nearby with pit toilets and trash receptacles.

3 months ago

Amazing

5 months ago

Hidden gem in Illinois. Well worth the time to explore this and other hikes at Garden of the Gods.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice easy trail with some great overlooks and neat rock formations. Saw people camping but we just did a day hike and combined it with Garden of the Gods and Rim Rock. All nice trails within 10 miles of each other

backpacking
7 months ago

Very cool trail. Caves, unreal rock formations, and a great lookout point. I would advise to do this before going to the Garden of the Gods observation area, just because Garden of the Gods is the best scenery in the region. Do yourself a favor and let the excitement build up by doing this trail first before going to the Garden of the Gods.

7 months ago

Hidden surprises

8 months ago

Not a bad little trail to do with the family. I love the overlooks, but the lower part of the trail at the base of the bluffs has some neat caves and crevices.

9 months ago

Beautiful scenery and easy to navigate. Great for kids and adults. Take some food and have a picnic!

9 months ago

Nice trail with awesome views and small caves to explore!!!

hiking
9 months ago

These are the kinds of trails that so many people miss. Absolutely beautiful!

hiking
9 months ago

An often overlooked trail. Most folks opt for Garden of the Gods, which is very nice. But, Indian Point offers nice vistas and big rocks and much less traffic!

hiking
10 months ago

Excellent hike to overlook straight out and then go left to circle back and see awesome rock formations with a couple cool caves. I prefer this over observation trail for sure. Lookout point is great spot to eat, have snack and enjoy the scenery.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

For me personally this is better observation trail. Not as crowded still magnificent views caves. Some back pack camping places available.

hiking
Thursday, April 06, 2017

Another short and easy trail, still plenty of traffic. Nice spots at the midpoint to sit on the rocks, overlook the view, and have a snack or eat lunch.

backpacking
Tuesday, April 04, 2017

This was my family's first backpacking trip. We planned on going clockwise on the trail, but we missed the first fork. We ended up taking a left at a trail where a log was sawed in half across the fork in the trail, but that fork apparently bypasses the Indian Point view at the southernmost leg of the loop. We did happen upon a fire ring at the top of the bluff and a nice site for camping right in front of an evergreen forest. Plenty of downed trees meant plenty of firewood at this site. Most people passing by were descending to the lower trail to explore the rocks and caves, but we enjoyed the view and our campfire from up above. Picked up a couple pieces of trash near our camp, but that was all we found. Overall, it was a wonderful first experience for me and my family and we look forward to many more backpacking adventures. We will definitely visit Indian Point again to explore the lower trail. One more thing, the AllTrails app was very helpful for letting us determine where we were on the trail. No phone reception, but somehow it worked on my wife's iPhone (she was able to get the trail map), but not on my S6. (We both have T-mobile.)

hiking
Sunday, March 19, 2017

Very nice well kept trail. Clearly marked, however this app was very helpful for following the trail.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

good wide paths, dense evergreen woods, and great views from a height.

hiking
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

nice easy trail.

hiking
Sunday, February 19, 2017

A beautiful trail. Starts and ends easy, with a moderate section in the middle. IMO, it should be rated as moderate as to not mislead novice hikers. Great places to explore in the rocks and caves along the bottom of the cliffs. Great views from the top.

hiking
Sunday, February 12, 2017

Love this short trail. After the crowds of people at Garden of the Gods only a short distance away, this felt like a welcome respite that may be overlooked by the people flocking to the main attraction one hill over. I actually enjoyed my hike here more because of the lack of people.

hiking
Sunday, January 22, 2017

Lots of fun. Short hike, but you can make it longer by exploring in and out of the rocks and "cave like" areas. Great scenery at the top. It took us about an hour to hike in and out.

hiking
Monday, December 12, 2016

Nice easy trail with some great views and cool rock formations

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Great hike. Great views with awesome rock formations.

camping
Friday, November 04, 2016

We just went here last weekend! This was my first experience with hike-in hike-out camping and this trail ended up being perfect for it.

After enjoying the Garden of the Gods trails, we hiked up the left leg of this trail (through the forest up on top of the bluffs) and camped in the lee of a small hill, just behind the scenic outlook area. There ended up being many campers nearby that night but we didn't hear any of them! The silence was beautiful and the stars were spectacular. Really easy to make a campfire too, tons of dead wood around (we went when it was dry and hadn't rained in a few days). Heard some coyotes at night, but no animals disturbed us. I slept like a baby!

We did not find any sources of water on this venture so if you are camping here bring plenty of it with you! There are outhouses within a long walk / short drive from the trail parking lot, if you're not into digging holes (but bring your own hand sanitizer). There are pumps located in other areas of the park but we did not see any close by.

Saw a few pieces of trash left by others but this forest is in very good shape overall. Be responsible with your things though! Don't litter, and keep the place nice for others to use! I also see people in these reviews are drinking on the trails... alcohol is NOT PERMITTED in any National Park! Don't say you weren't warned.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Great place to hike and camp. Our first time being there we didn't know what to expect. There were alot of day hikers as well as over night campers, we of course camped right in the middle. We had campers in and around our camp at all hours of the night trying to find their friends or a camp site. Next time we will go more off trail, but it made it interesting for sure! lol. Bring plenty of water. and we never found any water sources other than the stagnant pond on the way in, and not sure I would even want to filter that, unless I absolutely had too.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Fun and beautiful trail with lots of rocks and several caves. Trail is already difficult to navigate at times and hiking this trail when it is snowing makes it more difficult, if you do not know where the trail goes.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

nice trail but watch out for the ticks.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Easy trail with lots of exploring opportunities if you'd like. Beautiful views!!!!

hiking
Thursday, June 23, 2016

great trail to hiking a little spotty in spots and people need to learn to pick up after themselves but great views that goes on for miles longer than the description says it's about 2.6 miles

hiking
Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Beautiful trail but a little difficult to navigate in some places

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