Marengo Ridge Loop Trail

MODERATE 26 reviews

Marengo Ridge Loop Trail is a 5.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Marengo, Illinois that features beautiful wild flowers 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.

DISTANCE
5.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
416 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
15 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

hiking
2 months ago

Grass trail nice well maintained.

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trail running
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surfing
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7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Early january thaw so the trails were very damp and muddy in most spots. Cool to see the Glacial erratics but wish hikers and walkers would not stack the rocks into towers. Remember leave no trace.

camping
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Easy hiking, no more than 5 miles long. Trails run through the prairie on the south side of the park and through wooded sections on the northern end. Good hiking for people that cannot tolerate rugged terrain, or for families with small children that cannot do a lot of walking.
Camp sites are nice and appear to be well maintained. Booking can be done online and is somewhat of a hassle as the website is apparently new to them. During camping season there is a host that you check in with and who will drop off firewood to you if you decide to purchase it. Most camping sites are relatively close to the parking areas.
There is one small pond that is not accessible for fishing and you definitely wont want to swim in it. Larger group camp areas can be rented during the off season, but at a rate of $100 per spot. Trails are marked fairly well,

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Nice loop hike in the flat lands of Illinois. Have to make the best of what nature has to offer here in the flat suburbs of the Midwest.