Washington County State Recreation Area

MODERATE 7 reviews

Washington County State Recreation Area is a 7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Nashville, Illinois that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.0 miles
232 feet

dogs on leash





mountain biking

nature trips

paddle sports

scenic driving

trail running






wild flowers




over grown

Trail is mainly on paved road (5 miles), then turns into timbered trail (2 miles) on north east side of the lake. Quite a bit of wildlife sightings and great views of the lake. Trail is marked but is overgrown in a few areas. State recreation area (park) with camping, fishing and wildlife.

7 months ago

The hike was a lot of fun and there was a beautiful grove of sunflowers. My friend and I did manage to miss the trail because it starts on the road and then there is a hidden turn off about 4.5 miles into the hike. We ended up walking for probably another 3/4 mile before we realized we were no longer on the trail. On the way back we did find the trail and started to hike it. It was fairly overgrown and we quickly turned back the way we came because we were being eaten by mosquitoes. That being said we had a great time!

10 months ago

We never found the trail in the woods. The map directions don't take you to the trailhead. Disappointing.

Monday, March 31, 2014

I only did the 2 miles through the woods portion of this trail. Unless your into walking the 5 miles of pavement, skip this portion. Hilly and steep in some portions. The trail hasn't been taking care of in awhile and there are quite a few obstructions throughout. We drove the 5 miles of road to get to the wooded trail head portion and if you don't know what you're looking for you could pass it by on the little gravel road you travel down to get there. During high water forget about it though! We parked at the top of the hill that the gravel road comes to before it meets pavement again. The trail is well marked with white arrow type markers high upon the trees. Different species of trees you will find marked also. The trail comes out at The Shady Rest Camping Area and continues back onto the road in the park again. Not a bad little trail and would probably more inviting when things green up again.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Good trail for hiking/walking. Mostly road with about 2 miles of trail through woods.

11 months ago

11 months ago

Thursday, April 10, 2014