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I would say 3.5 stars. Decent loop. Trail is sand and mud with .5 of the loop a narrow path with some erosion, mostly in trees and shaded. Fitbit said 9 floors climbed, only a bit up and down. Facilities include running water, a restaurant, a winery/bait shop - nice people. There are additional trails besides the loop.

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6 months ago

Good path with or without a fishing pole. Lots of pretty wild rose bushes and columbine along the trail. Witnessed some wildlife in the past. Beware of litter left by knuckleheads fishing.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Quick fun trail

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Great hike! It's basically a big circle around the lake. I took my kids and they had a fun time! We were able to have a picnic due to the good amount of picnic tables available. It would also be a great trail to bring a fishing pole.

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Beautiful well-marked trail!

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Good easy trail.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Nice, mostly shady trail, through the woods around the lake.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

There is another half to the trail that takes you up through tent camping and trailer camping areas and winds down through wilderness areas. Lots of creeks to go over and tracks to see. Great for teaching kids coyote, raccoon and deer tracks. Total distance just over 3 miles. Will upload map next time.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Will be back. Close to home and very pretty! Lots of ticks on the dogs though!!!

paddle sports
Sunday, January 31, 2016

Beaver damn is about 30 minutes from my where I live so I go there often to kayak and trout fish. They stock the lake with trout in the fall but have also caught bass and catfish as well. There is a hiking trail around the lake but it is not very long. Only takes about 20-30 minutes to walk. Overall great place near the great town of carlinville

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Sunday, November 08, 2015

I frequently take my kayak out to this lake in the summer to either paddle around or fish for catfish, bass, and bluegill. In the fall they release the trout into the lake which is always a great attraction. The hiking trail that goes around the lake is nice

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

very nice easy trail.

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Monday, August 10, 2015

A very nice trail. Easy to walk.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Watch out for snakes!!

on Beaver Dam Loop

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Friday, December 28, 2012

Easy, quiet hike.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Very nice park located not too far from St. Louis in Central Illinois. Trails and facilities are very well maintained.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

on Beaver Dam Loop

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Saturday, September 06, 2014

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013