Rush Creek Conservation District Loop is a 1.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Harvard, Illinois that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Rush Creek has 3 beautiful trail options. A short loop of about a mile, a long loop (1.5miles) that connects with the short loop, and the horse trail (5 mi). I've run and walked all of them many times. The horse trail presents a great opportunity for a trail run when it isn't being used by horses The trails are mostly grass, that work in and out of woods where a variety of wildlife are present. There are hand pump wells, picnic areas a pond and toilets available on site. Some of the nicest trails around.
Nice and easy trail! Path is well groomed and kept. 10/10 would hike again
This is one of our favorites for many reasons- close to home, trails are kept groomed, wildlife is plenty (we've seen anything from deer, rabbits, fox, and even a barn owl!), and the DNR can actually be seen around the grounds (this matters to me because there used to be quite a bit of "suspicious activity" that occurred on the trails and around the grounds).
Lovely hike there today. It was beautiful out so it was surprising we only ran into one other person. We did the whole long hiking loop. relatively flat but a nice long hike.