Inspiration Point Trail

MODERATE 34 reviews

Inspiration Point Trail is a 0.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Wolf Lake, Illinois that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
0.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
216 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

forest

views

wildlife

muddy

rocky

no dogs

The Inspiration Point Trail offers a panoramic view of the Mississippi River valley and the Big Muddy bottomlands and is well worth the climb. Wildlife is abundant with bird watching at a premium. The panoramic view of the Mississippi River valley and the Big Muddy bottomlands are well worth the climb. Wildlife is abundant with bird watching at a premium. For safety, carrying a map, compass and plenty of water is recommended. Be aware of hunters during hunting season. Also, be aware of the dangerous cliffs. Poisonous snakes and poison ivy are present in the area. The trail tread may become slick when wet.

hiking
21 days ago

23 days ago

Fantastic views

28 days ago

what a view. spiders not so much. great advice for the stick. it came in handy. whole trail is a beautiful walk top to bottom. if u do not want spiders then go to top entrance just to see the point.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful view over the Big Muddy and Mississippi plain and the swampland below. Be careful on the loose gravel heading down to the point.

1 month ago

Great view from the point. Unfortunately there is trash everywhere and rocks at the overlook are all spray painted. People are disgusting, literally the trash ranged from beer bottles to bloody feminine hygiene products.

2 months ago

Great view but there's always too many people.

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Nice view. We drove the gravel roads from Alto Pass to get there. Not sure I would do that again.

4 months ago

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hiking
4 months ago

One of the nicest views I've seen in Illinois. I highly suggest taking the Muddy Levee Rd instead of the Scatters Rd unless you have a decent all-wheel or 4-wheel drive vehicle. Took a all-wheel drive 2010 Forester and it did not handle Scatter Rd as well as I thought it would.

5 months ago

Wonderful vista and really cool trees. You can see for miles around. Beautiful flowers on the rode there.

hiking
5 months ago

6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

One of my favorite short hikes in the Midwest. The view from the bluffs was beautiful and enough to give me a bit of an adrenaline rush as there were no railings or fences so I could go right to the edge where it's a few hundred feet straight down.
As others noted, Muddy Levee Rd is very rough. However, if you're coming up from the south, Pine Hills Rd is as good as unpaved roads get and is a beautiful drive through the forest.

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Short easy hike. Muddy,Rough road getting there. A geo metro passed us up top so must not be as bad as I thought. Beautiful view.

9 months ago

Short, easy trail. It's quite a drive but it's definitely worth it for the view.

10 months ago