Lover's Leap Overlook Trail

MODERATE 67 reviews
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Lover's Leap Overlook Trail is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Oglesby, Illinois that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. 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.

1.8 miles
183 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running






wild flowers


historic site

4 months ago

Popular trail, went late in evening to avoid crowds..Boardwalk and stairs make for easy hike. Great views of Illinois River from Starved Rock overlook and Lovers Leap

7 months ago

Nice abs scenic trail. Enjoyed my time hiking with the family. AllTrails is right when they say it's heavily trafficked. A lot of people on the trails and parking lots were full. Still a great hike and worth going I'm sure I'll go back but I'd like to find some lightly trafficked routes for now

10 months ago

so many stairs!!! great workout!!

11 months ago

Beautiful. Lots and lots of stairs so not recommending for those with small dogs. Bald eagles everywhere. In my opinion, Starved Rock is the best hiking I've found in our flat state of IL

Monday, October 03, 2016

Thursday, September 01, 2016

I'm a sucker for waterfalls, absolutely gorgeous, never would think such beauty is in IL. I go back every year, you just can't get enough of all the falls! Pet friendly too!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Lots of elevation changes on this trail. Lots of stairs in spots. Excellent views from various points along trail. Can see lots of wildlife as well.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

This is steep at times getting down to the fall, slick from moss, nice swimming if there is water

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Rare trail for Illinois. Nice overlooks and canyons. Recommend as a destination. Also Buffalo Rock and Matthiessen state parks are must to round out the trip.

Monday, October 22, 2012


Friday, May 18, 2012

Excellent trail, challenging but rewarding. A lot of elevation changes and beautiful rock formations. At first it seemed very crowded, but the crowds subsided as we entered the heart of the trial.

Monday, April 30, 2012

super fun

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

one of the most beautiful places in Illinois. the canyons and waterfalls are so amazing you will forget you are in Illinois. one of my favorite places to hike.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

great place beautiful

Friday, March 16, 2012

I went early February and it was COLD. But that meant getting to see Wildcat Canyon's partially iced waterfall, which was pretty awesome. The hiking trails were moderate, if not easy. Some elevation changes but I'm out of shape and it wasn't difficult. The hardest terrain would probably be the man made stairs really. There's a handful of viewing spots along the river with a little story/history written down. Neat place to learn about a park and take kids out for a day's adventure. I'm looking forward to going again soon, especially now that I have this app.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

This whole trail system will impress all year round. The trails will inspire the novice hiker and challenge the adventurous. There are many closed trails located to the East of the system, but I suggest you stay off them if you do not have the experience or the equipment to get out of a sticky situation (I say this from experience.)

Thursday, February 23, 2012


Sunday, January 01, 2012

best seen now when the falls are frozen

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Always a favorite. Lookingn forward to another January hike to see the eagles. Great hike any season.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

A great place to get a good workout and enjoy the view. There are several tall (for the state) cliffs and canyons to climb. You can see wild turkeys in the summer and bald eagles in the winter. If you go on the weekend it will be very crowded. The view from the end of Eagle Cliff is amazing.

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