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Julius J Knobeloch Woods Nature Preserve Loop

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Belleville, Illinois

Julius J Knobeloch Woods Nature Preserve Loop is a 0.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Belleville, Illinois that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 0.7 mi Elevation gain 91 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Blowdown

Over grown

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Reviews (44)
Photos (31)
Recordings (25)
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Penny Young
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I can't find it. The directions took me to a private home. I made a complete loop of the area and did not find this place. Any help would be appreciated.

Tiffany Stellhorn
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Hiking

Walk this trail ANY day this summer (except rainy). 100% shaded. Creek, well marked, good for little kids. Everyone enjoyed it. Parking is along the side of the road. We did not see wildlife, but the cool air and log steps made the trip. We live 40 minutes away, and we will also be back!

Marie Seiller Griffin
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Hiking

Nice little hike, my 7 year olds and 9 year old loved it, and they would have done well on it when they were younger, too. Nice and shady, peaceful. We saw a turtle on the trail and many deer tracks. It is a dirt path through the woods so if there's been a lot of rain, it will be muddy - something to keep in mind. As others have said, only downsides are the absolute lack of parking and lots of poison ivy. That said, we live about 45 mins away and we'll be back!

Swami f.
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Great for kids, especially if you are looking to just get out of the house and explore for a little bit.

Erica Clark
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Hiking

Great trail. Very beautiful. Quite a bit of people out but that’s probably due to social distancing in quarantine. Will definitely go back. It was nice to go down by the water and kind of find other little tiny trails that went into the woods.

Angie R.
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HikingMuddyOver grown

Park on Rentchler Road near entrance sign! Took me awhile to figure that out. A bit overgrown but picturesque, easy, short hike. A couple small creeks and some up/down hill opportunities. Nice loop!

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Stacey Fournier
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Hiking

Really great nature trail. Very pretty even right now in the middle of February when there’s no leaves. But for a great hike you could do the loop two or three times, as it’s large, picturesque, and hilly enough it would not get boring. When I started, I went off to the right and it seemed like most of my walking was uphill. Good work out. Maybe go to the left for a slightly easier jaunt. Really pretty small creeks. **There is no parking lot or actual parking… Park on the side of the street near the entrance signs.

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Tonya Kurkey
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Hiking

Good little nature trail. Heavily wooded area that can get muddy. There is some unsure footing and enough hills to get your heart rate up. It is lightly used and seems like you have escaped to the forest. Wonderful place to bring kids that like to explore and walk across logs. Parking is on road side.

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TJ Kurkey
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Hiking

Awesome short trail. Cute creeks and valleys

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G.T. Whitlow
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Hiking

Nice loop trail that’s well maintained - Third Saturday of the month - with a lovely water crossing with whimsical stairs on both sides. Parking supports three cars as long as none of you bring a limousine. Spoke to local who asked that visitors don’t block their mailboxes a little further east of the entrance. Will be back often as it is quite close to us and looking forward to seeing the seasons change on our trips back.

B.J. Podhrasky
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Hiking

very short but awesome trail, no parking, parking on a rural rd. that's very scary.

Jennifer Markfort
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Hiking

Lots of spider webs

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Amy P.
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Running

The only issue with this trail is parking. You do have to park on a Rentcher Road, almost in someone's front yard. Also, if you're not looking really hard, you'll miss the entrance. Otherwise it's a really nice, quick hike. We hiked it with our 3 y/o and dog and both did just fine. Great little trail!

Christopher Dunn
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HikingBlowdownMuddyOver grown

Good trail. Horrible parking situation. Fun log crossing. Not dangerous but the kids will love it.

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Tim Guskey
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Hiking

Short, but sweet. A nice, heavy-cover, natural trail, with plenty of wildlife. It's fairly well maintained by IDNR. A word of caution though... the trail is lined (right and left), with Poisoin Ivy and Poison Oak. Strongly recommend wearing long pants! Again, this is a heavy-cover trail with very dense foliage. It traps the heat/humidity in like sauna. Be sure to hit yourself with insect repellent. If you stop to take a pic, the bugs will swoop! Also, do a good tick-check once you emerge from the woods. Had none, but with that amount of cover, you can't be too safe! Okay, the trail has a very slight drop and rise. Nothing too difficult, but the trail has some swampy areas, that I imagine after a good rain, would turn this trail into a serious mess! My last comment is in regard to finding the trailhead... it is just off the road, and sign-marked. But if you blink, you will pass it. Once I was close (after passing it twice), I needed to switch to the AllTrails map, to zero in on it. There is just enough room for two cars to park roadside.

Helaine Blomenkamp
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Hiking

We enjoyed it. Our first hike with kids.

Jason Olszewski
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Nice little walk with the kids for their first hike. Went in late winter/early spring so new growth and animal tracks to point out. Very limited parking and a couple trucks flew by when were getting out.

Holly Vironda
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We went in the winter. Nice little walk in the woods. Don't use Google maps to get you there. It kept sending us through a subdivision. Pay attention. There's a sign and you'll have to park along the road.

Wanda Huber
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Hiking

For bein' in flat ole Illinois, this trail's got some ups and downs to it. I enjoyed it very much. Quiet, peaceful, tree breathing! I clocked it at .75 mile.

Amanda Rodewald
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Hiking

Not an easy place to find, if you're not paying attention. I think "nature preserve" is the Illinois Department of Natural Resources says "park without parking." If you're using Google Maps, be sure to use the address in AllTrails rather than the address that Google tells you. Not a bad little hike if you're in the area and looking for something quick and easy, but really nothing to particularly recommend it. Perhaps there are usually wildflowers, but we didn't see any at all. Of course, we didn't see all the poison ivy that was reported below either, so I guess we broke even.

Connie Jeffries
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This trail is covered with Poison Ivy! I took my grandsons and turned back when we reached the loop. The Poison Ivy is so thick, it is impossible to avoid.

Charlie Pitts
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Hiking

Lovely walk under huge white oaks in karst unndelayment. Trail skirts a couple of sink holes. Wish I was a birder to identify all the calls. Phenomenal in early spring with ephemerals, especially bluebells. Wonderful for a short day hike until late spring when the poison ivy encroaches on the trail.

Douglas Kuhn
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Walking

Short loop through the woods. The trail curves downhill toward a creek and pond, crosses the creek (muddy after recent rain), then back up hill to the start. My GPS maps the loop just shy of .75 mile. Only major downfall to this hike is parking. Roadside parking only has room for two vehicles.

Josh Peterson
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First to Review

An enjoyable woodsy hike, but can have lots of poison ivy in season. Recommend this trail in early Spring before it gets too thick.

Jenny Witter
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Scott Witter
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Lauren Elizabeth
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