Kickapoo State Park Trail

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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.

DISTANCE
8.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
544 feet
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

trail running

walking

bird watching

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

hiking
8 months ago

mountain biking
Sunday, August 20, 2017

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!

walking
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Good time!

hiking
Saturday, February 06, 2016

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

paddle sports
Thursday, January 14, 2016

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

hiking
Monday, May 25, 2015

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.

hiking
Monday, September 16, 2013

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.

hiking
Saturday, May 05, 2012

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

hiking
Monday, February 14, 2011

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.

hiking
Thursday, February 03, 2011

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.

hiking
Thursday, February 03, 2011

SOUTH RIVER VIEW TRAIL, THIS TRAILS FOLLOWS THE RIVER AND YOU CAN GO EITHER WAY, NICE VIEWS NO REAL BIG ELEVATION CHANGES. GOOD FOR ALL AGES. TRAIL IS NARROW, WITH A LOT OF TREES.

bird watching
Thursday, November 25, 2010

Great place for birding and hiking.

paddle sports
Thursday, August 12, 2010

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.

hiking
7 months ago

mountain biking
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
Saturday, October 21, 2017

hiking
Friday, September 01, 2017

hiking
Sunday, August 27, 2017

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Friday, March 31, 2017

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