Pere Marquette State Park Loop

MODERATE 146 reviews

Pere Marquette State Park Loop is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Grafton, Illinois that features a river 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.

DISTANCE
6.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1089 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wildlife

bugs

rocky

hiking
9 days ago

Went this past Saturday when the temps were in the mid 20’s and had the whole place to myself practically - only saw 5 other people all day - if i went again i would hike the other paths counterclockwise to avoid the hills

1 month ago

I love this park it keeps me coming back every year great place to hike I know the trails by heart now I've been there so many times for me just a great place to be it's got some pretty nice of views if I could give anybody advice when you're there I would say go down the yellow Trail so you can play on all the rocks and all the cliff sides as you go back down to the parkinglot.

3 months ago

My favorite hike, but then I might be prejudiced since it's practically in my backyard. The trail as depicted is closer to five miles. To get right under 6 you need to include goatcliff trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice climb to great view and historic shelter.

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail. The heavy woods were beautiful. I was hoping for more scenic vistas of the river valley but there were enough look outs to satisfy me. We will be going back again to see how it changes when the leaves drop.

4 months ago

Fun trail with rocks for the kids to climb. Lots of poison ivy just to the side of the beginning of the paved trail. Good viewing area at the top.

hiking
5 months ago

The state park here has many options to choose from if you want a shorter hike. I took the trails that ended up being just over 6 miles. There are two inclines that just kicked my butt, mind you it was 115* heat index that day. Overall the trail was challenging and fun. Trail was also marked well.

One thing I wanted others to be aware of is that there are no outdoor fresh water sources or any water along the trails! I took my dog with me, packed over 2L of water and it wasn't nearly enough! My poor dog was dying by the time we reached the end, so I may or may not have let her go swimming in the coy pond. Lol. You can get fresh drinking water inside the visitor center.

6 months ago

easy walk

6 months ago

easy... explorative... lush

hiking
6 months ago

Saw 2 pretty large snakes on the trail - yikes!

8 months ago

Not moderate....

hiking
9 months ago

Challenging incline leads to beautiful lookout!

9 months ago

Challenging incline leads to beautiful lookout!

10 months ago

Beautiful if a bit crowded.

10 months ago

great views. well marked and well kept. went with multiple familes with kids ranging 6 to 9.

hiking
10 months ago

This undulating six-mile trek of connected trails was definitely a challenge as a new hiker. I would consider it to be moderate plus. While there wasn't much to see along the hike other than at the lookout, the continuous ups and downs brought great challenges or the trail would have been boring. The signage along the way was by far THE BEST when compared to others I have done!

hiking
11 months ago

Great altitude changes and vistas.

hiking
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

This area is so beautiful! The first time I went my friends and I got turned around and hiked the entire perimeter or the park (and then some). But no one was complaining because it was a great hike! The Fern Hollow trail was so lush and gorgeous in the summer! You must go here. During the winter you can see tons of bald eagles flying around.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Beautiful! The view was awesome :) definitely would do it again, only reason I didn't put 5 stars is because I thought it was a little short. Theres also a cute little sea food restaurant near by "Fin Inn".

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