Red Oak Trail is a 3.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Liberty, Illinois that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding and is best used from March until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
I hiked Red Oak trail at Silom Springs state park today and I was actually impressed at both the scenery and the difficulty. Most of the trail is very park like with paths that are big enough to drive a car down but there are a few very, very nice sections that are not much more than a deer path. Wild mushrooms were abundant today since the fall rains have started. There is a good mix of different varieties of trees, bushes, creeks, meadows, rock, hills, etc.. I would say its a kind of "all in one" type trail. Water is there year round from a spring fed creek. There is a very nice tent camping area half way through. I took my time and enjoyed everything and it only took me 3 hours from entrance to exit.
Spent a weekend on the backpacking Trail with a 4-year-old and a 8-year-old. Lots of wildflowers, lots of points of interest. Good intro to overnight packing for them. Outhouse at the campsite, but no water so had to pack that in. Saw a bobcat in the morning, heard turkeys in the evening. Some good views, ruins of the mineral spa that used to be there, cliffs, stream crossings. Nice fun trail.