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Some of the trail is very narrow and has tall growth on either side. The view of the lake was very nice. We did see a deer on the trail which was very cool.

I absolutely love hiking here, but the people are absolute slobs. I’ve been going here since I was a kid and I brought my kids there yesterday and they were quite upset about the MASSIVE amount of garbage everywhere. They need to implement some serious litter prevention. Ban all disposable water bottles being the first, I’ve never seen so much trash at a park like this. It’s depressing.

backpacking
3 days ago

I went in the summer and there was alot of growth on the trail east of Hutchins creek. I was the only one on the trail and there were alot of spider webs on the trail. it was not easy finding a good place to make camp due to all the growth. It would probably be much better in the sping or fall. I did see a deer at the creek crossing.

will do it again. busy but well maintained. easy to follow

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hiking
5 days ago

Once we found the trail (at the boat ramp as stated by Brenda L), the views at the top were great. The trail shown on this app is the gravel road around the campground and boat ramp. From the boat ramp to the top of Tower Rock and back is .5 miles.

Path is well maintained around top loop, and is what you would expect from an easy walk in the woods. When you reach the staircase that takes you down to the ox-lot cave the landscape drastically changes. There are extraordinary rock formations, sheer cliffs, and exciting small caves. You could spend an hour in this area alone exploring all the rock formations. Overall the loop took us 1.5 hours with lots of exploring.

I was pleasantly surprised with Starved Rock. It is awesome that all of the trails connect and you can decide what paths to take and loop all over. The canyons were sweet and picturesque.
It was an absolute zoo when we finished at 11am. Totally nuts. Would recommend getting there as early as possible to avoid crowds. We got there at 8am.
Do go hike, it's the best the area has to offer.

Nice easy trail with great views and rock formations. Worth a look if in the area.

Fairly crowded with bikes and a lot of dogs. Well maintained path, Long enough for serious race training runs.

Nice wide, well-groomed trails. Plenty of wildflowers, birds, and frogs. Lots of bicyclists since it's a bike trail.

hiking
11 days ago

good trail with dog.

Not surprising that this is a big draw for visitors, beautiful vistas for very little work! Fun scrambling on the rocks, good late afternoon cap on a day of more intense hiking.

Very cool hike, learned a thing or two from the signs too.

Beautiful area to explore. Definitely bigger than I was expecting! You’re welcome to climb on the rocks as much as you want which added for extra entertainment. Could’ve spent hours just sitting and taking in the view

Very nice bike and hike trail. Great for cross country skiing. Depending on the snow of course.

The trail was very easy with a moderately trafficked gravel pathway. We went in the afternoon as that morning there was heavy rainfall. We noted that the creek leading up to the waterfall was dried up and once at the waterfall found that it was dried up as well. There is a split path that allows you to climb to the top of the waterfall to explore the rocky area. There were fellow hikers at the waterfall when we arrived and we were informed that the waterfall only runs in the spring time despite recent rains. We did bring both of our Siberian huskies and found it was easy to navigate.

hiking
16 days ago

Nice little trail. Nice trek if you are camping. Nice scenery with some decent exercise.

Awesome trail! Going back soon to explore more of the park. Beautiful views, beautiful waterfalls and an excellent place to explore. Can't wait to go back!

hiking
21 days ago

Combined this trail together with sentry bluff trail. I like this trail much better than sentry. Lots of places to explore and since the river was practically non existent, you could walk on the riverbed. Lots of places to swim as well. (In the deeper swimming holes that had water.) Also lots of opportunities to climb.

hiking
21 days ago

The trail itself is a little bit boring and nowhere near hard. I know the trail is rated as hard, but it is easy to moderate at its best. I would have given it 5 stars if there would have been water in the river. It was very dry so it wasn’t so beautiful. 3 stars isn’t really what I wanted either, but it won’t allow me to do 3,5. If you are afraid of spiders, now is not the time to hike this trail as there are spiderwebs all over the place. I almost turned around after constantly getting webs in my face. I eventually walked with a stick to destroy all the webs. I went off trail at one point to walk along the dry riverbed and to do some rock climbing. That made it much more exiting. I combined this trail with the natural bridge and the white trail. 5 miles in total.

Absolutely amazing views!

hiking
26 days ago

This trail would’ve been fantastic if there wasn’t a spider web every 5 feet we had to go through!!

mountain biking
29 days ago

This is an excellent 10 mile loop about 10-15 minutes off of I-70. It's definitely worth a stop for those traveling through to stretch your legs. Trails are open to hiking, trail running, and mountain biking.

For mountain biking, I would rate these trails as intermediate. They flow through old growth forest along the banks of Mill Creek Lake offering great views while riding. These trails have a little something for everyone, and you get out of them what you put into them....the faster you go, the more challenging they become.

mountain biking
30 days ago

It’s really wide but there is still plenty of rocks and roots to have a good time on a mountain bike. There is lots of signage, however I wasn’t always sure which sign I needed to follow. Over all a great ride.

That place is so beautiful I loved

What a great app indispensable out in the Shawnee. Simply pick a trail and it links up with googl to get you there!

make sure to follow the white squares with blue "i"s, especially the first one - it's in the second electric post as soon as you start

Nice hike in. Had trouble picking the trail back up once I reached the river.

One of So IL’s best spots. Been coming here since 90s. Technical enough to keep it interesting but still big kid friendly. Spent an amazing night there last night with unbelievably forgiving weather for July. We camped at a well established spot by the water about a 15-20 min hike from the north CH trailhead and before the Wolf Den. Took 5 ticks off my son this morning but none on me. Guess they don’t like the smell of bourbon. New hikers should be aware of the two options at the north trailhead. The left fork is more friendly if you’re packing heavy or not in prime condition. The right fork is a bit of rock and boulder hopping down into the valley.

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