Julius J Knobeloch Woods Nature Preserve Loop

EASY 8 reviews

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 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.

0.8 miles
82 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers



over grown

3 months ago

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.

6 months ago

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.

10 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

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

2 months ago

trail running
11 months ago

Monday, July 04, 2016