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Valley Vista and Old Road Loop is a 2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Alton, Illinois that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until November.

Length 2.0 mi Elevation gain 285 ft Route type Loop

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wildlife

Bridge out

Rocky

No dogs

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Trail closed from December 15 to March 31. 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.

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Alexus Wong
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Solid trail. In order to find the trailhead, you have to double back from the parking to the road for a bit.

Mary Byers
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Zachary Haag
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Shelby McCarthy
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One of my favorite hikes so far on the Illinois side. Needs a little upkeep but I figure that’s just because of it being the beginning of the summer months. Easy trails to follow and beautiful scenery everywhere you look!

Morgan Markel
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Closer during covid

Laurie Griffith-Anderson
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Trail closed dec15 - March 31 .. 2020 went there today and was bummed . Just heads up for ya all

Kristen Robertson
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Don’t go with pets. Not allowed

Joel Cowan
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Went mid-November and it was tough to keep the trail in some areas due to the leaves on the ground but that is expected. The trails here draw less people as you have to park at the TNI lodge and hike in around the gate. It’s certainly worth it and the walking stick box located near the gate is a nice little bonus if you need one. One of the trails here puts you at the bluffs edge so be careful if you have small children.

Connie Bomar
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This trail is not Pet Friendly. We got all the way here only to find that out. Looks awesome bur didnt get to hike it

Dave Lauchner
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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.

Kelly Hawkins-Springer
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Dean Wuellner
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Victoria Winn
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Deborah York
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Crystal Kraut
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Lauren Baker
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OliviaDBe User
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Chris Howard
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Jim Rubenstein
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Brian Meyer
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Gary Anderson
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Gary Anderson
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Adam Gammon
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Maddie Steckel
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Lauren Baker
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Rachelle Mansholt
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Devin Gray
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Lance Butte
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Dave Lauchner
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