The Nature Institute Mississippi Sanctuary Loop

MODERATE 2 reviews

The Nature Institute Mississippi Sanctuary Loop is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Godfrey, Illinois that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until November.

DISTANCE
2.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
383 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

forest

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

bridge out

rocky

no dogs

You may have to park at the Olin Nature Preserve parking lot next door and hike in. The map is the outer perimeter, plus a couple of the longer inside trails. There are a few other shorter inside trails as well. Rather hilly and rocky in places. Several stream crossings were missing bridges, but the streams are mostly small, and it was rather dry so it was not much of an issue to cross and keep your feet dry. A small two tier waterfall just had a trickle going over it. The trail ends up going along the edge of Mississippi River bluffs. If you have an issue with heights be aware. Also, keep close track of any children, as it could be dangerous. It is a pleasant, pretty hike that is very enjoyable.

hiking
2 months ago

The road to the Nature Institute offices and The Mississippi Sanctuary we're closed, so I parked at the Olin Nature Preserve parking lot and hiked in. I took the outer perimeter, plus a couple of the longer inside trails. There are a few other shorter inside trails as well. Rather hilly and rocky in places. Several stream crossings we're missing bridges, but it was rather dry so it was not much of an issue to cross and keep my feet dry. A small two tier waterfall just had a trickle going over it. The trail ends up going along the edge of Mississippi River bluffs. If you have an issue with heights be aware. Also, keep close track of any children, as it could be dangerous. I hiked in late fall, so all the leaves had fallen, but it was still a pleasant, pretty hike that I enjoyed very much.