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Rush Creek Conservation District Loop is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Harvard, Illinois that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.9 mi Elevation gain 68 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Walking Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs Muddy
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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.

Plenty of parking Picnic tables Toilets Water on site Pond Camping available by permit

Rte. 14 into Harvard. Turn east at light for McGuire Road. Turn right into the conservation district park about a mile from the light.

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Pam Lee
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Eric Qiu
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Joe Robin
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WalkingBugs

Pretty easy, but nice and close to my house so it gets a high rating :-) It's a very quiet trail.

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Jeffrey Meeker
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HikingBugs

We did the long loop. Goes through a nice woods. Yes, the woods was nice, but not any really neat features. Some bridges now and then. But, was very buggy with standing water. Lots of mosquitoes.

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Anna Saville
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HikingFloodedMuddy

Today the trail was exceptionally muddy and washed out, but normally a very nice hike. They are maintaining washed out areas well - we were here after the last big rain and several areas have been repaired with new rocks since then.

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Stephanie B
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Anna Saville
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Stephanie B
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Becky Goers
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HikingMuddy

Nicely groomed trails, bridges, and walkways. Muddy conditions but nothing too bad for a pair of hiking boots.

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Amber Wicks
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Nice trail through the woods

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Nicolas Frank
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HikingMuddyWashed out

Big ol’ snapper at end of trail. I hopped over him like iron man. Deep water at spots, but all gravy!

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Emily Herff
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Nice and easy trail! Path is well groomed and kept. 10/10 would hike again

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Kristine Ellis
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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).

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Stephanie Michael
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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.

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Kent Atkinson
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Matt Russo
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Anna Saville
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Afton Kehl
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Steph S
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Andrew Dierking
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abbey saville
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Chris User
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Mitchell Saville
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Anna Saville
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Anna Heinrich
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Glenn Busch
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Jules Patterson
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