Little Cedar Lake via Lirley Trailhead is a 7.7 mile out and back trail located near Makanda, Illinois that features a lake. The trail is good for all skill levels offers a number of activity options.
This trail is the Lirley Trailhead for the Cedar Lake Trail System. It's a nice trail. Rocky hills and a few rocky creeks. Met a few hikers, bikers and horse riders on the trail. It's easy to follow and well marked. This trail goes to Cedar Lake Spillway where it joins up with a couple of other trails. From the Trail head to the Spillway and back is 7,78 miles. If you cross the spillway you'll come to signage pointing out the Cedar Lake Trail, and the Little Cedar Lake loop. These trails could be added to this Rowan trail to make a very nice long hike.
Very secluded with the well traveled river to river trail as the main route. Scenic view of Cedar Lake near the 1/4 mile mark, winter is probably your only chance as there are a lot of trees. Muddy horse trail, steep winding trails, well marked, no trash, rocky trail and small outcrops of sandstone, no people. Rain would make the creeks difficult.