Newton Lake Trail

HARD 7 reviews

Newton Lake Trail is a 13.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Newton, Illinois that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

13.7 miles
318 feet

dogs on leash



nature trips


horseback riding







To reach Newton Lake Fish & Wildlife Area in Jasper County from I-57 & I-70 take exit #160 at Effingham, proceed east on RT 33 to Dieterich, turn right at the stop light, go south approximately 12 miles, turn left at Newton Lake Entrance sign and go east approximately 3 miles; this will bring you to

2 months ago

most trails are unmarked. can be challenging, not for someone who doesn't watch where they walk. the scenic beauty of the trails are worth the try. it isn't all trees like you would think. there is some clearings of clover and just grass. what i could tell of them the trails are twisty and do make you wonder if you back traked a bit.

7 months ago

No markings and zero maintenance done on this trail. No one said it, but I know we were all thinking of which group member we would eat to survive if we ended up stranded. Sorry Jeff...

9 months ago

Sunday, November 06, 2016

I brought my senior dog so I couldn't go more than a couple miles before he got tired, definitely going to come back

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

great for distance hiked it in the winter. Tried to track path but battery didn't allow . lots of wildlife. just about stepped on a screech owl. Moderate trail depending on condition but a little trashy. Lots of rusting wire and farm equipment on the field borders, kinda ruined the scenic view. The view of the lake ,minus the plant barreling smoke out its stack is quite beautiful. Great trail for practicing distance without worry of getting lost.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Great trail with a little distance. Can be muddy after/during rain. Follows contour of the lake. Wide/well maintained trail, open to hiking and horseback riding only. Bikes are not allowed

Sunday, September 02, 2012