Explore the most popular trails near Carlyle with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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Hiked Pawnee to Kaskaskia then did the Eagle loop and back to Illini Campground.
2.4 miles total. Saw 5 deer but no Snakes ☹️! A few swampy places but nothing major. Nice hike. Not much maintenance done on trails yet.

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8 months ago

Simple hike, would be great for kids. I did it enroute to Devil's Prop.

Simple hike. well maintained.

fishing
9 months ago

Wouldn't really call this a hike. More of a walk through a field on a sidewalk. Nice little pond at the end though.

hiking
11 months ago

I live near here and run these trails weekly.

Cherokee has three loops where one can exit or keep going to the next loop. There's an 1860's cemetery. Plenty of lookout areas with great water scenery. Secluded beaches. Deer and wildlife.

Hazlet has Cherokee, Pawnee, Kaskaskia, and Illini trails that are all connected and allow one to hike around most of Hazlet State Park.

All the trails are easy to walk wooded trails that are kept mowed and debris free.

I also never see anyone else out here, so you should have the trail all to yourself.

hiking
11 months ago

Pretty little trail. Fairly easy, with a few hills and bridges that make the trail very pleasant. It may be short, but the path along the lake provides some pretty views worth a few minutes to enjoy.

hiking
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Pawnee Trail was great for a family hike. Trailhead had informational maps, latrines, and a very large gravel parking lot. Trail is well marked and very well maintained. Starting on the West side the trail is hard packed dirt, winding through the forest. The South side gives a great view of the lake from the high bluff. The final leg of Pawnee trail is a sidewalk from the cemetary back to the parking area. Pawnee trail intersects with another trail several times but both trails are well marked. Great hike with kids. about 1.5 miles of level trail in all.

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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

nice walk with small kids or toddlers. sidewalk goes entire length of trail. picnic shelter at end of trail beside very pretty lake.

walking
Thursday, July 06, 2017

Fun trail with detailed tree labels. There were a few pieces of trash I carried out with me. Nice lake view with bench. Elevation changes are easy and interesting. I started the trail not at the head but at the lake view parking lot, but it doesn't matter since it is such a short trail.

walking
Thursday, July 06, 2017

Simple loop, walked on a windy cool June morning. No bug issues. Saw young hawks, at very close range, but no other critters.

walking
Monday, June 26, 2017

I chose for stars because the trail is exactly as it is described. if you take the left Branch first you'll walk in a more exposed environment and finish in the lower Shady Trail. added a picture to show where to turn right when you take the left branch. if you continue without making that right turn you will come out to one of the many camping areas. there are restrooms at the camping area.##### 5 minutes later---- we just pulled about twenty ticks off of our shoes, legs and dog.

hiking
Sunday, July 17, 2016

This is more than just one trail. It's a series of trails that adds up to more than 3 miles. Nice wildlife. I saw several deer, and a coon, on the Kaskaskia trail. The trails are well marked and well maintained.

walking
Monday, May 02, 2016

Easy trail with wildflower, and some historic structures. All in all nice relaxing walk.

hiking
Saturday, February 20, 2016

Great trail! Super easy to find and navigate. Perfect for beginners or someone wanting a quick hike.

Nice little trail. Tons of birds and wildflowers late May. Bring bug spray!

on Illini Trail

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Ok walking trail if u don't mind lots of duck poop and a scenery that doesn't change. Walk around 3 large spill over ponds in a ATV grassy road w some gravel. No way near 2 hours, I did entire outer large part in 30 min of brisk walking. It is marked as an easy trail so I shouldn't complain.

hiking
Monday, August 27, 2012

Nice wooded trails with several loops so you can walk as far as you want. The trails I have hiked were very easy. They were pretty flat and well maintained. I saw several deer and many birds!

hiking
Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Easy access to this trail and joining trails, makes for a quick relaxing hike through the woods along Carlyle Lake. Well maintained trail, good for a family hike.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Short loop trail through river bottom ground. Can be muddy and mosquito infested. Works good for a short easy access hike. Has wide a wide trail through the woods and grass prairie

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Very big lake, but not many viewing areas. Nice trails through the forest around the lake.Very good birding stop.

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