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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.

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.

I went there and found out that dogs aren't allowed so I left and will never go back!

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

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.