Piney Creek Ravine Nature Reserve Trail

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Piney Creek Ravine Nature Reserve Trail is a 3.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Campbell Hill, Illinois that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
337 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

forest

river

views

waterfall

Piney Creek Ravine contains the largest body of prehistoric rock art in Illinois. Almost 200 designs believed to date to the Late Woodland (A.D. 500-1000) and Mississippian (A.D. 1000-1550) periods occur within the ravine. Most are faint, but still legible.

backpacking
11 days ago

Enjoyable hike... really nice scenery when we took a hike up the creek. As far as the art, well let’s just say that modern art has taken over.. all in all.. fun trail

hiking
1 month ago

We enjoyed this trail a lot. Took our 4 year old and the dog and shortened it by walking to the pictographs and back. Lots to see!

hiking
6 months ago

A hidden gem! And a must hike.

hiking
8 months ago

This is a pretty little trail that includes short leaf pine trees, rock formations, waterfalls (when the creek is running), overlooks, and of course Native American petroglyphs and pictographs. There is a spur trail that goes upstream that is worth going down.

9 months ago

It was great for a while, but the latter half is pretty overgrown. Cool rock formations, Creek was dry when I went.

hiking
10 months ago

This was a great hike on a beautiful trail. A moderately difficult hike through canyons, across stream fords with lots of ups and downs. Very cool geology hiking though the stone canyon beds and over rocks. One section features ancient native American carvings and paintings. Unfortunately over time others have defaced the cliff walls with their own markings ruining the experience for future visitors. It was fairly dry when I visited so many of the canyon beds were pretty dry. I assume during wet times it could be fairly treacherous. At one point I stepped on some moss covered rocks that was slicker than ice and I almost went down hard on the rock canyon bed, if it weren't for my handy hiking stick enabling me to catch myself.

10 months ago

love this place!

hiking
11 months ago

Would like to give 5, but part of the draw is the rock art that is nearly impossible to see, so 4 stars it is... Easy walk for the straight part on the map through mowed grass and a moderately challenging hike. Beautiful views of forest, rock bed streams and sandstone. Trail is marked very well. Had 5 ticks at the end, but not much other bug activity. Saw a few deer, a fawn and many birds. Will be back!

hiking
Sunday, June 04, 2017

Very pretty trail. You do cross the water a few times so wear good shoes. I took my dog and he enjoyed it as well. Hard to tell what is real Indian rock art and what is more recent graffiti at the rock wall. Watch out for ticks!! The brush is heavy/somewhat unavoidable in a few parts. Found quite a few on my pup when we left.

hiking
Monday, May 15, 2017

This is the best hike I have been on yet. I went with my sister and our children, ranging in age 5 to 13. We were all able to enjoy the hike and have a blast doing it. We will definitely be back!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Took my dogs down there a couple weeks ago.. this is my go to spot since it's so close. Trails are always cleared and marked and I usually have the place to myself.

hiking
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Weather was perfect... rained 2days ago and trail was in perfect condition. lots of wildlife activity on the forest floor. leave no trace... only found a few pieces of rubbish along the way which I removed of course... great hike... love this trail.... #I'llBeBack

hiking
Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Nice trail. Petroglyphs and petrographs are pretty obscure. Camera will bring out details. Much 19th and 20th century graffiti litters the site. Trails are pretty well marked except for one section near the end. Two trails converge. The trail to the left is moss and lichen covered and goes nowhere for around a quarter mile. Stay to the right to reconnect with the main exit trail.

hiking
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Wish I had more time to explore around. Really neat area. Will def. be returning

hiking
Saturday, March 11, 2017

I love it here. Be cautious near the edge of the ravine, there have been a lot of fall/deaths. It's best to go when there hasn't been a lot of rain if you plan to go down the ravine to see the hieroglyphs.

hiking
Thursday, March 09, 2017

My friend and I enjoyed this trail immensely. We found a few slippery spots but that was from the recent rains we've experienced. The rock art was neat and hiking in the creek beds was awesome! I would definitely recommend this trail!!!

hiking
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Tail is awesome. Starts off deceptively boring (along farmland) for first qtr mile then goes down into ravine.

gave 4 stars cause the best scenery is shortcutting through the ravine to the other trail/creek crossing. so it's not technically part of the trail.

DANGER DO NOT TOO CLOSE TO CLIFFSIDES... Every couple of months our local paper reports a fall and sometimes death from this location.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Great trail. I'd like to come back in the spring to photograph once things are more colorful.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

It was a very nice day the Rock trail was lil slick but all an all the famz enjoyed the day out ...

hiking
Sunday, January 15, 2017

I've hiked this trail three times now. Very beautiful cliffs carved out by the stream and the native rock art is great to look at. I come back to this one every year.

hiking
Saturday, November 05, 2016

Absolutely beautiful for this area. Got of the trail a bit but doubled back and got to see the wall art again. Lol

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Excellent hike! Very enjoyable for the whole family. River, low falls, cliffs, cave markings, trees- very good indeed for SW Illinois.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

We did this in the fall with a couple of friends. Interesting trail with wall art and river crossings. I think it would be very pretty in spring also and probably better views with not so much foliage. . I would recommend this trail.

hiking
Monday, April 04, 2016

Very enjoyable little hike. I recommend early spring for a visit. Views are better without so much foliage, and I bet the poison ivy is pretty annoying once it gets going. Can be difficult to cross some things in high water, and there was a bit of mud to traverse at the beginning.
The location is off, though. The blue dot is actually several miles east of the actual park. I had to look in a 'route' on someone else's post to get to the trail.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Very nice hike. Trail was clean and nice, marked well, and easy to maneuver while carrying the kids in our backpack carriers.

hiking
Thursday, March 27, 2014

This was a beautiful hike with many rocky bluffs and streams. The trail alternated between bluff tops and stream crossings, making for one of the most enjoyable hikes in the state. Moderate difficulty because of a steep climbs and stream crossings. The rock art is really neat once you locate it. It is unfortunately surrounded by many modern additions from less evolved members of our society. The trail head is a long way down Piney Creek Road, just keep going. More than worth the drive! We will be doing this again soon!

hiking
Monday, July 22, 2013

One of our family favorites!

hiking
Thursday, April 04, 2013

Me and my family just hiked this on Easter Sunday , some beautiful views, and the "rock art" was amazing. Probably one of our new favorite places to hike

hiking
Sunday, March 24, 2013

This trail was really nice. We completed this trail with our two children who did really well. Rocky bluffs were something out of this world! The rock art was amazing! Trail was very well marked. Will def do this again.

hiking
Monday, February 04, 2013

the trails weren't marked very well and the cave art was surrounded by a bunch of graffiti but I enjoyed the walk and the views its beautiful out the, but its just one of many

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