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

First, this is a horse trail. Watch where you step! Also be aware and give them a wide berth. If you’re good with that, this is a fun short hike.

Several larger ponds and lots of woods make this a scenic hike. Tons of wildlife here and if you walk back into the woods a little, sit down on a log, and be still, you’ll be rewarded with an abundance of animal activity.

I wouldn’t come here after rain as it would quite muddy. It opens early, so if you like a sunrise hike, this is a great place. Don’t leave anything of value in your car. Parking is secluded and not great and signs warn of keeping your valuables with you. That said, I wouldn’t avoid this place due to safety. It’s really nice!

Great place to fish. Clean lakes and a great museum

Trail was really great, but it was really hard to find in the beginning. We went in the wrong direction and hit "no trespassing" signs after about half a mile. The trails are also not very well marked. It can also get pretty muddy in places.

Beautiful all year round!

I only rate this as a moderate hike because of the distance. It is a very easy hike. The western side is the best part of the hike. I would hike counterclockwise to save the best for last. several backpack camps all with fire rings and tables. trail is easy to follow if you use their map.

13 days ago

Hiked the smaller loop today, beautiful wooded areas. Not bad for our first time out. Maybe next time we will follow th map!

Awesome trail to hike on a lazy day

The bridge is now open.

road biking
26 days ago

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

Grassy trail through prairie. Very pretty and serene.

nice for as close to town as it is, easy to get to and not a bad hike unless the ground is soggy

1 month ago

it is a lovely place with wonderful views i give it the 4star for the average person a 3.5star for the more fit person would not recomend rainy season just cause of the valley's and a creek bed that you must cross

mountain biking
1 month ago

Good little trail system. Extremely short and not technical. It is a great system when the other trail systems in the area are closed.

Amazing scenery and good
Place for fishing and running too! Love the geese!

1 month ago

Nice trail. Not much elevation change. 8 foot wide mowed path. If you can, get out on the water, nice little lake.

Stunning place!!!

Part of the trail and the creek crossing is washed out or away, it’s hard to tell really. Me and my dog found a way around but it wasn’t easy. The human elements, bridges and crossing, could use a lot of maintenance. It was so bad, some were hard to find or figure out where they were going and my dogs leg got stuck in a broken bridge. Other than that and it being super muddy, who would have thought that’s what happens when it rains :P, it was really pretty out there. It’s definitely an urban nature interface but still nice.

Surrounded by houses. Trails muddy and full of dog poop.

Hidden gem. Decent Lakeshore walk that is always almost empty - quiet, peaceful breeze even on a busy holiday weekend.

2 months ago

It’s open!! This is a great little spot to explore. It’s scenic and historically significant.

3 months ago

Have been hiking this for decades. Glad it has been added to All Trails. Part of the excellent Macon County Conservation District network of trails. This trail gives a great mix of prairie, river, and hardwood forest hiking. Stop at the Rock Springs Visitor's Center for central Illinois nature displays and the bird watching window.

We love this trail. good for all skill levels. and it's scenic.

3 months ago

Not bad, it was also easy with rolling hills, some areas you could see the lake, nothing spectacular but if camping worth it as part of you day hikes

Revisited a trail we've hiked for 35 years. Be sure to go up, at the fork, when returning to the trail head.

3 months ago

good night place for a dog walk

3 months ago

very nice dog walk

road biking
3 months ago

4 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.

Not a bad little hike. Pretty lake. Easy.

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