Stemler Cave Woods Nature Preserve

MODERATE 44 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
170 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
1 month ago

Nice clear trails. Some wooded and shady, some grassy and sunny. Well kept. Saw toads, wildflowers, deer trails, and plenty of butterflies. Easy/moderate terrain. Little muddy at the start due to rains last night. One fallen tree about .6 miles in, but we climbed over.

1 month ago

overgrown and trails are not well marked, picked up a few ticks as well. almost stepped on a snake, not sure if it was cotton mouth or rat snake... saw the tail, matches them both

8 months ago

sink holes,amphibian pond, class A forest. ..go

walking
10 months ago

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

hiking
Friday, August 11, 2017

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

hiking
Sunday, August 06, 2017

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
Tuesday, August 01, 2017

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.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

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.

trail running
Sunday, June 04, 2017

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
Saturday, May 27, 2017

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
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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

hiking
Sunday, April 30, 2017

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

walking
Saturday, April 08, 2017

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.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

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

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

A lovely walk in the woods

hiking
Sunday, November 27, 2016

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

hiking
Sunday, November 06, 2016

Uneventful, good for small kids.

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