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Beautiful, but if you do the entire thing, not just the small paved trails, I would rate it as moderate. we have done moderate trails that were easier than this.

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.

Great place to go to.

This trail is not Pet Friendly. We got all the way here only to find that out. Looks awesome bur didnt get to hike it

Beautiful property, trails are well maintained and clearly marked. Beaver Falls and the creek are worth the trip. There is more paved path and open praire than I care for on a hike, so not very challenging. Quite a few really large trees (for this area), lots of butterflies, and wildflowers. Family friendly hiking / nature walk. Trails are very quiet except where you can hear traffic in the River Rd.

great place! the first part of the hike is pretty easy, it goes along a nice shallow rockey creak and you eventually get to a little water fall called Beaver Falls. After that it geta a little steep, it was wet the day we went so it was a littlw rough, but all the kids that were with us made it with a little help.

Beautiful. lots of great views, gorgeous plants. We went the day after a rain so some of the hills were muddy and slick. Wear the right gear and it isn't an issue. We saw just two people the whole time and it was a perfect May Saturday. So green and wonderful! My three-year-old son walked the whole 2.8 miles so really not bad.

Beaver falls is taller than me, that's pretty big in my book

Really enjoy these trails. Lots to see. Bluff view, prairie, forest, and creek with some pretty albeit small waterfalls.

The only problem I see is that it's closed from December 1st to March 31st. I love this place and miss it on the rare warm winter days.

The road to the Nature Institute offices and The Mississippi Sanctuary we're closed, so I parked at the Olin Nature Preserve parking lot and hiked in. I took the outer perimeter, plus a couple of the longer inside trails. There are a few other shorter inside trails as well. Rather hilly and rocky in places. Several stream crossings we're missing bridges, but it was rather dry so it was not much of an issue to cross and keep my feet dry. A small two tier waterfall just had a trickle going over it. The trail ends up going along the edge of Mississippi River bluffs. If you have an issue with heights be aware. Also, keep close track of any children, as it could be dangerous. I hiked in late fall, so all the leaves had fallen, but it was still a pleasant, pretty hike that I enjoyed very much.

excellent hike, lots of beautiful trails, history, creek beds, waterfalls

Great place to hike with the kids. No pets though.

hiking
Thursday, October 12, 2017

One of my favorite local hikes. Beautiful forested trails with several hills and gullies, a stream with a cascade of waterfalls (when it's not so dry), a Mississippi River overlook, all well maintained. I did come across one large tree blocking the trail that I assume fell recently. The stream bed next to it was dry, so it was easy to bypass it in the dry stream bed.

hiking
Saturday, September 09, 2017

Well maintained. Impressed that they actively remove invasive plant species. Bring bug spray.

hiking
Friday, September 01, 2017

Nice trip. Easy to do trail. The wildflowers were especially beautiful. Came face to face with a sweet deer and a turtle.

Its a fun hike. Tons of wildlife! The creek with the falls were beautiful.

Very good trail. Multiple routes to take, depending on how much you plan to hike. Very scenic as well, and depending on the time of day you go, very little traffic (Only saw one other group when I went at 8 AM). Definitely going back there again, sometime.

This was a good hike. Nice lookout of the river and shaded on a really hot day, which was nice. We saw several waterfalls even though the stream was pretty low. We even saw a fawn hiding in some brush. Beaver Falls was really nice.

At one point, the hike took us out into a mowed field area and we thought we may have chosen an incorrect path, but it was correct and led us back in to the woods to finish up the hike.

Very pretty. Some steeper declines and a bit of a hill here and there but worth it.

it was a nice hike. enjoyed the view of the lookout. deff going back.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Great trails & multiple waterfalls

Great trails

This is one of my favorite local hikes. Even though it is accessed in a residential area, it feels very secluded when you take off on the trails. There are multiple trails with varying degrees of terrain and difficulty. Most of the trails are interconnected so that you can have a different experience every time. There is plenty of wild life and multiple species of birds to be seen and heard.

walking
Monday, July 11, 2016

Very easy asphalt surface. Trail circles park

walking
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Just okay

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