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Best trails in Carbondale

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Looking for a great trail near Carbondale, Illinois? AllTrails has 13 great hiking trails, running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Giant City State Park or Ferne Clyffe State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Heron Pond Preserve or Millstone Bluff National Register Site. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 11 easy trails in Carbondale ranging from 0.6 to 2 miles and from 400 to 574 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Carbondale
Top trails (13)
#1 - Rocky Bluff Trail
Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 47 m
A permit is required to access this trail. There is a $2 day use fee to hike the trails or use the water at the refuge.Show more
#2 - Crab Orchard Visitors Station Loop
Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 25 m
here is a $2 day use fee to hike the trails or use the water at the refuge.Show more
#3 - Campus Lake Trail
Carbondale, Illinois
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 50 m
Campus Lake Trail is a 2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Carbondale, Illinois that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and natureShow more
#4 - Cedar Lake Trail
Carbondale, Illinois
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 24 m
Cedar Lake Trail is a 2.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Carbondale, Illinois that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, tShow more
#5 - David Kenney Trail
Chautauqua Bottoms Nature Preserve
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 44 m
Green Earth offers hiking and outdoor recreation at six sites across Carbondale, IL. All properties are open to the public during daylight hours. Green Earth's Chautauqua Bottoms is located on the norShow more
#6 - Herbie Beyler Trail
Brush Hill Nature Preserve
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Length: 0.6 mi • Est. 17 m
Green Earth offers hiking and outdoor recreation at six sites across Carbondale, IL. All properties are open to the public during daylight hours. This preserve was the first of the Green Earth's propShow more
#7 - Maurice Webb Trail
Chautauqua Bottoms Nature Preserve
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 17 m
Green Earth offers hiking and outdoor recreation at six sites across Carbondale, IL. All properties are open to the public during daylight hours. Green Earth's Chautauqua Bottoms is located on the noShow more
#8 - Fernlands Preserve Trail
Fernlands Nature Preserve
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 23 m
Green Earth offers hiking and outdoor recreation at six sites across Carbondale, IL. All properties are open to the public during daylight hours. East of Kennedy Road (off of Union Hill Road), this 2Show more
#9 - Woodland Spur Trail
Chautauqua Bottoms Nature Preserve
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 22 m
Green Earth offers hiking and outdoor recreation at six sites across Carbondale, IL. All properties are open to the public during daylight hours. Green Earth's Chautauqua Bottoms is located on the noShow more
#10 - Grassy Creek Trail
Carbondale, Illinois
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 4 m
Grassy Creek Trail is a 2.3 mile loop trail located near Carbondale, Illinois that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips.Show more
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