Woodland Trail

EASY 2 reviews

Woodland Trail is a 1.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Friends Creek, Illinois that features a river and is good for all skill levels. 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.

DISTANCE
1.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
68 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

historic site

The Woodland Trail is a short path through the woods inside of Friends Creek County Park. After turning west (Opposite of the camp ground) into the park from Friends Creek Road, follow the signs to the paved parking area on the far side of the old Bethel School. A sign in the parking area shows the way down a short path to the trailhead. Take a right to begin the Woodland Trail. The trail is well maintained, with river rock added to the mushy parts. It follows along Friends Creek for a time, but there are no bridges or crossings, unlike the Sun Trail.

hiking
5 months ago

The Woodland Trail is a nice mix between the prairie of the Sun Trail and the forest of the Friends Creek trail, in a nice 1 mile distance. It shares the parking area and the approach path with the Sun Trail, which makes for some nice views of open prairie and a small wetland, then ducts into the trees and continues along Friends Creek. I was impressed by how many cool trees were present along this trail. Also, since it had been raining, I appreciated the river rock along areas where wash outs had left the path muddy.

hiking
5 months ago