Stemler Cave Woods Nature Preserve

MODERATE 17 reviews

Stemler Cave Woods Nature Preserve is a 4.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Bluffside, Illinois that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
4.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
285 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

cave

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

old growth

over grown

no dogs

hiking
15 days ago

trail running
20 days ago

Empty parking lot on a Sunday afternoon. Trail seemed like it gets very little use and was overgrown in sections. Very little elevation change, nice for running when dry.

hiking
27 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

My wife and I have gone twice in the last month. Lots of great photos of birds, frogs and some insects. Nothing too exhausting, and plenty of shade to take a break when the hotter months roll around. Lots of side trails from the main loop to keep you occupied, and give some variation to repeat visits. Could not find the cave... ran into another group that had the same problem with their visit. Overall it makes for a very enjoyable afternoon!

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike - not a whole lot to see - trails are not marked very well and a lot of areas were over grown so it doesn't appear this area gets a lot of activity - it also needs a sign near the road as I almost drove right past the small lot

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

This trail os n easy beginner trail. Easy to navigate pathways.

2 months ago

walking
2 months ago

I enjoy this trail. It isn't the largest area or longest trail, but it is a beautiful escape into the woods. They recently did controlled burns which opened up the undergrowth a bit and made the trail even nicer.

trail running
3 months ago

4 months ago

4 months ago

Pretty nice hike showing different habitats but had a misleading name since there wasn't a cave in the preserve.

trail running
4 months ago

5 months ago

A lovely walk in the woods

hiking
6 months ago

Not a bad walk. Nice terrain, interesting geography. Kids enjoyed it.

7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Uneventful, good for small kids.