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Great time. I took my boys (11, 9, and 7) and hiked all 11 miles in 4.5 hours. They had a great time. Make sure to bring GALLONS of bug spray and wear long pants or high socks for all the poison ivy. they do a good job taking care of it and it was a really nice get-away for us dudes!

I really love this trail. For central IL, it's a fun, challenging gem--especially for running.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trip around the lake there. Good trail! Wooded and shaded with nice views. Mostly mud trail with several stairs. Saw fish, turtles, geese, and dragonflies. Lots of hop on and off the trail for campers from their sites. Makes me want to camp there! Lots of fishing, several kayaks. I also did the Old Farm Trail section. I would rate easy with a few slight hills. It is grassland area. Saw deer, rabbits, butterflies, dragonflies, birds and old wooden barns. lots of milkweed, I would expect more butterflies soon! Over all/both hikes, Fitbit showed 4 miles and 24 floors. Bathrooms were clean.

trail running
3 months ago

Great for a run!!

Good backpacking sites.

Certainly a challenge after a heavy rain. Quite hilly for Illinois, and makes for a scenic walk.

Great hike for a May morning/afternoon.

road biking
6 months ago

Nice hike, rode bikes around lake on the roads also. Launched kayaks and paddled around the lake too. Camped at campground

hiking
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Enjoyed the hell out this trail! 90 degrees and sunny. Easy to follow, not much for sights and views, an ok challenge for a 55 year old.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Great mini-Hike for older kids/family. Lots of small hills... best wearing hiking shoes for some traction.

hiking
Friday, May 19, 2017

Great park. Very well maintained. Nice hike around the lake lots of small hills. Nice place to camp and fish. Quiet and relaxing!!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Great views of the lake, saw some deer too!

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Make sure you read the posted signs about when the trail is open. It is closed certain times of the year for hunting. It's a nice trail but can be primitive at times. Ticks can be very bad in this area.

camping
Saturday, April 30, 2016

only 5 minutes away and one of the few local sites that offer primitive backpack camping sites.

hiking
Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Most parts of this trails are through the woods so not very amazing visibility. However occasionally you can get off the trail and have an overview of the lake. At one point the trail changed into a prairie which is pretty cool.

Warning: When you were hiking south again, pay attention to the side of the trail. Someone put something interesting there, but I won't spoil it.

hiking
Monday, February 01, 2016

This trail is very slick after a thaw and has quite a bit of elevation change for the middle of Illinois.

hiking
Sunday, January 11, 2015

Gem of a trail. Primarily ridge and ravine hiking. Cool abandoned cars and structures. Great views of the lake. 1/11/15 27F overcast with some sleet. Frozen mostly snow covered trail. Easy to find path.

hiking
Monday, August 11, 2014

Not terrible for the middle of Illinois. Mostly the same scenery through the woods the majority of the time. Can only see the lake for 1-2 miles. No real good viewpoints of the lake.

hiking
Thursday, August 30, 2012

Really nice trail, and pretty challenging since there are bluffs to climb and mini-valleys to go down to. Can also get off the trail to see the lake if you want a break. There are also a couple of benches to stop at, but your best bet for rest is to sit down on one of the many small bridges.

hiking
Monday, March 26, 2012

Main trail loops around the lake with nice views. There is also a very nice Veterans Memorial by the lake shore.

trail running
3 months ago

trail running
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