North Fork Trail Clinton Lake

MODERATE 49 reviews

North Fork Trail Clinton Lake is a 9.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Clinton, Illinois that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, trail running, and birding. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
708 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

trail running

forest

lake

1 day ago

Great time. I took my boys (11, 9, and 7) and hiked all 11 miles in 4.5 hours. They had a great time. Make sure to bring GALLONS of bug spray and wear long pants or high socks for all the poison ivy. they do a good job taking care of it and it was a really nice get-away for us dudes!

hiking
1 month ago

I really love this trail. For central IL, it's a fun, challenging gem--especially for running.

trail running
2 months ago

Great for a run!!

hiking
2 months ago

Certainly a challenge after a heavy rain. Quite hilly for Illinois, and makes for a scenic walk.

3 months ago

Great hike for a May morning/afternoon.

hiking
10 months ago

Enjoyed the hell out this trail! 90 degrees and sunny. Easy to follow, not much for sights and views, an ok challenge for a 55 year old.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Great views of the lake, saw some deer too!

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Make sure you read the posted signs about when the trail is open. It is closed certain times of the year for hunting. It's a nice trail but can be primitive at times. Ticks can be very bad in this area.

hiking
Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Most parts of this trails are through the woods so not very amazing visibility. However occasionally you can get off the trail and have an overview of the lake. At one point the trail changed into a prairie which is pretty cool.

Warning: When you were hiking south again, pay attention to the side of the trail. Someone put something interesting there, but I won't spoil it.

hiking
Monday, February 01, 2016

This trail is very slick after a thaw and has quite a bit of elevation change for the middle of Illinois.

hiking
Sunday, January 11, 2015

Gem of a trail. Primarily ridge and ravine hiking. Cool abandoned cars and structures. Great views of the lake. 1/11/15 27F overcast with some sleet. Frozen mostly snow covered trail. Easy to find path.

hiking
Monday, August 11, 2014

Not terrible for the middle of Illinois. Mostly the same scenery through the woods the majority of the time. Can only see the lake for 1-2 miles. No real good viewpoints of the lake.

hiking
Thursday, August 30, 2012

Really nice trail, and pretty challenging since there are bluffs to climb and mini-valleys to go down to. Can also get off the trail to see the lake if you want a break. There are also a couple of benches to stop at, but your best bet for rest is to sit down on one of the many small bridges.

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