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the biggest draw back to this trail is you wouldn't know it existed without this app. there isn't any signage anywhere in the park letting you know it is there. and when you do look at it, it looks like an old farm access. but once we found it, it was definitely worth it.

loved this place! lots of exploring and the kids loved it too!

Well marked and groomed, plenty of up and down throughout balanced by some nice flat areas as well as benches to sit and rest occasionally. We went on a Sunday afternoon after church and the parking lot was full. Gift shop is open near trailhead and they have a few animals you can take your kids in there to see.

Beautiful hike. I would rate as moderate. LOTS of mosquitos, spiders, and tall grass and over growth. I would think it would be much better in early spring. Dogs are not allowed. The falls and scenery were very pretty.

beautiful! I love taking my kids here. there's a lot in direct sun, so it's harder in the dead of summer. outhouse on site is a perk!

The view is Amazing!

the trail is all overgrown.

Really nice trails with some benches that have lake views. It’s fairly easy and I could see this place getting lots of visitors.

Always a treat to hike here in the Woods

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

This is is not the Lake County forest preserve which is right next door. There are two entry points to get to that trail. This is a beautiful place to see but if you're looking for a hike this is probably not the place. Trail surface: well maintained grass and gravel. Elevation: essentially flat. Bugs: little to none but I would definitely do a tick check when you are done. Scenery: beautiful views of prairie wildflowers sounds of bullfrogs birds and we spotted a deer. Jens Jensen council ring and pond: not well marked not much to see but worth a stop. Overall: the Gatehouse, history and renovation of this place is very interesting. The restoration is a job very well done.

Wide dirt road trail on private land. The owners allow access on the first weekend of June to Sept. Easy trail with gradual elevation plus beautiful views of rolling hills and farmland. There’s a geological marker at the top as well as a sign for the highest point put up by the owners. There’s also a register so you can sign their log book. Great for families and high pointers. The day we went, there was a Boy Scout troop.

Nice trail for an easy hike.

Narrow trail, overgrown with wildflowers. Nice trail if you want to fight through tall grasses the whole time

Great place to go to.

trail running
20 days ago

Great for trail running! Wide paths that are covered with mulch. Usually pretty quiet.

Not for the faint of heart. Foliage can become overgrown, so hiking boots and pants may be advised. Hills weren't bad, but there are almost no places to sit and rest (other than the few felled trees that cross the path). Probably ran into fifteen spider webs on the hike.

hiking
25 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.

hiking
26 days ago

Bring your bug spray!!! Mosquitoes are high in the area. Kept getting snagged and scratched by thorn branches that hung out into some of the main pathways which narrows greatly in some areas.

My son and I couldn’t finish the trail do to how bad the mosquitoes was. Only thing that we enjoyed is we got to see a few different types butterflies and it’s quite of people. Maybe we will try it again when mosquitoes aren’t so bad.

walking
26 days ago

Easy walk with wildlife to observe along the way. Trails are wide and well-maintained.

Great location to put in 10-20 miles in a day with many varied routes and always beautiful scenery.

This place is beautiful. They do a great job managing for removal of invasive plants.

The trails get flooded in Spring and after rains. Mosquitoes can be intense especially near sections of the river.

There are historic settler cabins on the site.

Terrain is mostly flat with well maintained trails so it’s an easier hike.

In Autumn the sugar maples paint the sky yellow. In Spring the doing ephemeral paint the ground with varying waves of color.

This wooded preserve is beautiful since it’s now largely brushed out. It has rolling terrain with streams. The majority of the path is clear and wide if one doesn’t want to deal with ticks. The trail connects to the east side of the preserve which is wooded but also has a loop near Prairie. Plan for Mosquitoes in Summer. Lots of wildlife here. Pileated woodpeckers, Indigo Buntings, etc.

There are nice cabins and cabins for camping.

Great trail with plenty of hills for exercise. All Trails with my phone GPS said the trail was 3.1 miles, not 4

Nice clear trails. Some wooded and shady, some grassy and sunny. Well kept. Saw toads, wildflowers, deer trails, and plenty of butterflies. Easy/moderate terrain. Little muddy at the start due to rains last night. One fallen tree about .6 miles in, but we climbed over.

This is not the Lake County Forest Preserve which is right next door, and has two connecting entry points. This is a beautiful place to walk and beautiful to see the Prairie and restoration. If you're looking for a hike this is probably not the place. Trail surface: well maintained and marked grass and gravel. Elevation: essentially flat. Bugs: little to none but would definitely do a tick check when you're done. Scenery: beautiful views of prairie, wildflowers, butterflies, deer and sounds of frogs. Jens Jensen council ring and pond: path to not very well-marked, worth a stop to see. Overall: Gatehouse and history of this place is very interesting and job restoring very well done.

Trail surface: grass and mud, have had a lot of rain this year. Bugs: we did the three mile Outer Loop and almost turned back due to swarms of mosquitoes, also found ticks on me and my husband when we got home. Scenery: Really beautiful, but not much variation, wooded areas, grassy areas, wood bridges and river. Elevation gain: even though map claims some elevation feels essential flat. Amenities: Visitor Center very nice, restrooms very clean, staff very friendly, drinking fountain outside building, ample parking. Overall a lovely hike but mosquitoes a huge problem.

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

Hate to ever give a bad rating, but this place is a mosquito pit. Wanted to run 4-5 miles but cut it short due to the bugs.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail for hiking. Clearly marked paths. It’s a great work out.

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