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Kickapoo State Park Trail is a 8.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Oakwood, Illinois that features a river 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.

Length 8.3 mi Elevation gain 544 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Wheelchair friendly

Kid friendly

Stroller friendly

Camping

Cross country skiing

Fishing

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Paddle sports

Road biking

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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This 5k (3.1 Mile) trail also known as "Clear Pond" loops along the edge of Clear Lake in Kickapoo State Park. Clear Lake is the same body of water that Kickapoo Landing (restaurant and boat rental) is located on. As such, you can look down and sometimes see kayaks, and canoes on the lake. You can also scuba dive in their very deep lakes.

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Reviews (61)
Photos (77)
Recordings (51)
Completed (107)
Leslie Allen
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Hiking

Great trail - lush green - many turns - great reclaiming mining history

Abigail Jackson
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HikingMuddy

I really would have loved this hike if it wouldn’t have been so chocked with honeysuckles. But it was just that. Reading the reviews I’m not sure if this is a recent problem or if it’s been building in the last couple years. I was very disappointed, I might try to come back in late fall because I could see the bones of a beautiful place to hike. But they were just that. Bones.

kathleen lossau
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Hiking

very muddy when we did this. but easy enough hike. would do it again

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David Prager
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Hiking

OK trail through mixture of field and forest. Mostly flat but also fairly long. Northern portion of the loop has several options that are not signed well. As others have noted, park map is not accurate, and the map posted on the park website is older and worse than the ink-and-paper one available at the park office trailhead. Overall, not a bad hike if you want decent distance with minimal difficulty.

Heba Kamel
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Hiking
Jill Crissman
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Mountain biking

Fun and challenging trail. Definitely NOT beginner trail except trail 1. Clay trail, mostly well built, rooty, twisty with lots of fun deep dips. Do not ride if wet. Very fun and much more challenging than advertised!

Dusty Cowell
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Walking

I walked the 7 mile Out and Back trail when very few people were in the park. This would be a fantastic trail to run. The first mile is a wide open trail cut through the tall grass and bushes. The next five miles are primarily walked in the forest with a wide trail. The trail is easy to follow with mile markers every .25 miles. Very flat. Few tree roots on the trail. Great trail.

Jason S.
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Good time!

Jeremy Day
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Hiking

Lots of hiking and fishing options. Don't miss out on the smallmouth fishing in the river.

Jen Hindes
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Paddle sports

A good kayaking trip for what you can find in Illinois.

Amanda Dahl
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Hiking

Meh. Not much to offer for scenery; trails were a little confusing to follow because there were so many paths that went off the trail; lots of overgrowth; wasn't a difficult hike at all. Pros: not overly crowded. Glad I tried a new park, but probably won't be back anytime soon.

Brian Williams
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Hiking

This 3.1 mile trail is called Clear Lake Trail. It follows Clear Lake around to the north out and around Emerald Pond. Some difficult places but for the most part it is a nice trail. There is a section that looks like it goes through a haunted section.....but during the day no biggie. (should not be out there at night anyway.) Toward the end there is quite a drop off to the right which gives you a nice view of the Middle Fork River. Trail is well marked - and takes about 1.5 - 2 hours to complete.

Steven Mohrman
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Hiking

It was very fun and I had a great time. I would recommend this place to anyone that like a challenge.

Jason Izumi
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Hiking

This park intrigued me, having once been an open pit mine of some sort--an ecological disaster, but what a transformatiion nature, time and God can do! It is now absolutely beautiful, with woods, many ponds and several nice, easy trails to explore. Serene setting, a good place to unwind. Stayed here several days in the summer of 1992 while exhibiting at outdoor art festivals in the area, and managed to do several lanscapes.

Brian Williams
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Hiking

CRICKET THICKET. WOW THIS LITTLE TRAIL IS KINDA OF HARD TO FIND. LOCATED ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE PARK PAST THE I-74 BRIDGE, THIS LITTLE TRAIL IS THICK. RUNS ALONG A FISHING POND AND HAS SOME STEEP ELEVATIONS. EVIDENCE OF BEAVERS IN THE AREA, SHOWING THEIR HARD WORK. THIS TRAIL HAS SOME SLIPPERY SURFACES. AND VERY DENSE VEGETATION. THIS TRAIL CAN BE HIKED BOTH WAYS, AND THAT IS WHAT WE TYPICALLY DO. THIS IS ONE OF MY TWIN SON'S FAVORITE TRAIL.

Flora May K
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Bird Watching

Great place for birding and hiking.

Les Phagan
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Paddle sports

I love Kickapoo! You can canoe on a river or lake. It has nice trails and great birding year round. There are also good mountain bike trails.

Robert Gwin
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Hiking
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Leslie Allen
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Hiking
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Leslie Allen
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Hiking
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Grace User
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Mountain biking
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John Marquardt
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Hiking
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Krista DeLeeuw
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Amylynn H.
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Backpacking
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Amylynn H.
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Backpacking
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Jim Schroeder
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Hiking
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Dan Schwartz
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Hiking
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Amylynn H.
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Backpacking
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Brent Mitchell
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Camping
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Shawn Stevens
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Hiking
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