Julius J Knobeloch Woods Nature Preserve Loop is a 0.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Belleville, Illinois that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
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.
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.
An enjoyable woodsy hike, but can have lots of poison ivy in season. Recommend this trail in early Spring before it gets too thick.