Running Deer Trail

MODERATE 1 reviews
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Running Deer Trail is a 3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Pekin, 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
3.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
282 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

Trail is single track maintained for both hiking and mountain biking. There are bridges over many of the deeper ravines, and two water crossings with no bridges. There are moderate elevation gains on both east and west ends of the trail. As you enter the trail head from the parking area, there is a sign warning that the waterfall to the east of the park is on private property, and the land owner enforces No Trespassing.

hiking
5 months ago

Yellow blaze trail was easy to follow. Without access to the waterfall, there really isn't much to see other than trees, though. We didn't take any blue blazed trails; the park district website stated those would nearly double the length of the trail system. It was a nice walk in the woods, but with Jubilee College having much of the same "look and feel", (and about 20 minutes closer to home) I doubt we'll be returning until the waterfall could be accessed without the fear of trespassing.