Lake Mingo Loop

MODERATE 9 reviews

Lake Mingo Loop is a 7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Bismarck, Illinois that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.0 miles
380 feet

dogs on leash




trail running






historic site

1 month ago

This is a hilly trail for the area, which isn’t saying much. There are some steep inclines, but for the most part it’s sort of monotonous since the woods around the lake are very new growth with lots of underbrush. The notable exception to this is right around the trail to the Collins site, near the dam. The views of the lake are pretty, and there are several convenient benches. It’s a nice hike, but underwhelming in late November. I might try again in the spring.

2 months ago

One of the best trails in the entire Midwest! This trail takes you around a scenic lake in Kennekuk Cove Country Park. It's great for running (a challenging, somewhat hilly course) that great for your dog too! Enjoy this loop and it's serenity. The summer months (especially July-September) means a bit of bugs, but quite a few spider webs on the course. If you go on a weekend in the later morning, afternoon, some folks probably will have already walked it, and taken care of the spider webs that intersect the trail. It's a great loop either way!

5 months ago

Very wooded trail in a nice park. Great recreational opportunity in central Illinois. Other than a few steep inclines, I did not find this trail to be very challenging, however. .

10 months ago

This is a great trail for being central Illinois! The trail is a 7.5 mile loop around the fingers of Lake Mingo and has some ravines with foot bridges that cross the rivers that feed into Lake Mingo. There was some pleasantly surprising geography for Central Illinois! Ravines, beaches with deadwood, forest, a patch of farm land with Eagles. Kennekuk Cove also features a historical town with a school house, chapel, grocery, and barber.

Kennekuk Cove is just north of the more well-known Kickapoo State Park.

The trail goes all the way around Lake Mingo -- for that reason it is an all-or-nothing trail (or going out just a bit and heading back). If you do only go a little ways in, then make it the Collins Archaeological site. The Collins site has a beautiful trail that runs right along the Vermillion River. Access to the Collins site: cross the dam first.

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