Stemler Cave Woods Nature Preserve

MODERATE 28 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

walking
12 days ago

Great trails, with a low level of traffic.
Easy to walk and talk. Going back in the swing of Fall.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

It was alright. Easy to stay on the main loop.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

I've been there a few times because it's local. It's kinda cool to see some of the sink hole areas. Some of them are big enough to get into, and would be cool to explore. But I wouldn't suggest getting too close. Expecially not alone. Stay on the path and you're fine.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Hard to find from the road, we almost passed it. Trails are over grown and unmarked. Also, lots of spiders had webs across the trail due to the lack of walking traffic, so I felt super guilty knocking them down just to be able to walk through.

2 months ago

Easy hike. It was 95° out when I went, so I didn't venture on all the trails. Trails were well kept, and flat. Not tons to look at, but in the woods. Would be great for children. Going to go back with my 5 year old.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

trail running
4 months 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
4 months ago

hiking
4 months 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
5 months 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

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

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

6 months ago

walking
6 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.