Explore the most popular Nature Trips 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.

Loved this trail. The ladder up to the top of the bridge is terrifying.

Very well maintained trail. Beautiful scenery. Streams, rocks, natural bridge!

One of my favorite trails in the area, steep inclines make it more moderate. Super cool history behind the trail and would enhance your experience if you look it up. Muddy spots after heavy rains so wear boots or shoes with good tread. Lookout over countryside off of a bluff allows you to spot the JB bridge leading to South County, Mo.

hiking
2 days ago

I wouldn’t describe the trail as moderate in terms of difficulty, it was pretty easy hiking except for actually staying on the trail, but we are in Illinois and that’s par for the course. The rock formations are amazing and I really think you could spend a half a day exploring all the caves, tunnels, and pathways through the rocks. Overall great experience!

If you want a really easy stroll through a forest with a small creek and interesting beginner's rockhouse for kids, this is a good choice. It won't wow anyone but is a peaceful walk.

hiking
3 days ago

Great hike! I’ve never hiked the whole loop! Spots on trail are a bit muddy and had to cross a little water. It’s a workout for sure. Beautiful lake view and lots of birds. I definitely recommend.

It was a beautiful spring day, the temp was in the low 40s and it was sunny. We actually didn’t follow the loop trail that All Trails created. We forgot how to use that app and ended up walking in the wrong direction. Our walking was icy and muddy at times with a lot of puddles. It wasn’t all that exciting as far as hiking goes though.

Nice place for an easy walk.

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
3 days ago

great for climbing and bouldering, rough terrain loved all of it !

hiking
3 days ago

Easy path, mixed board walk and dirt & gravel. Great place for beginner hikers & kids. FYI- no biking & no dogs

hiking
over grown
3 days ago

This place is very cool, lots of things to see. The hike itself is not very demanding, but there are a few tricky water crossings and the trail could definitely be cleaned up a bit- even with the big green markers it was hard to see the trail in a lot of spots. That’s the only reason I’m giving 4 stars- but I’ll definitely be back because it’s an incredible place.

The gem of Giant City State Park. It is an easy 1 mile loop that lets you walk between big rock faces that really make you feel small as you navigate their "cracks." This is well suited for kids or people of all ages. If you're visiting Giant City, this is a must see.

Easy access natural bridge that is a decent one. it doesn't hold up to some of the ones in Red River Gorge or Big South Fork, but for Southern Illinois it is definitely a nice attraction. The easiness of the trail to get to it is an added bonus, if you have young kids. Do watch them closely if crossing the top of the bridge. The trail does loop around the top.

Easy hike for kids that has an impressive rockhouse as well as a rock pinnacle that is quite a sight for this area. We went during a dry spell, so the waterfall wasn't really flowing. This is a good side stop for those visiting the park.

My wife wanted to tell anyone with young kids to not do this trail. You'll end up having to carry them up the rock hollows, which are flowing with water. The rock in the hollows has really good grip (at least with my hiking boots they did), but there are a couple spots that can be a bit sketchy especially if a good rain has occurred recently. The trail itself is absolutely beautiful, despite the current flooded state at the bottom. The main trail is underwater at times (as of March 17, 2019), but people have blazed their own side trail around the flooded zones. This unofficial trail is very easy to follow. You can usually see the main trail's markers on trees sticking out of the water. When considering the massive rock faces, views across the river and floodplain below, the unique rock hollow climb/descent (you go up one and down another), fantastic rock formations, and the feeling of walking on a thin ridgeline, this is my choice for best hike in the Shawnee National Forest. For only 3 miles, it sure does pack a lot of scenery in it and is very popular.

hiking
muddy
rocky
4 days ago

Wonderful trail. A little muddy here and there and the last part of the trail is uphill, not to bad though. Beautiful trail! Rock formations, solid rock and loose rock streams, small waterfalls, different types of forest, and beautiful landscapes! Had no problem finding the trail using this app. There r a lot of crossings with other trails so watch your map. Bring extra socks and don’t be afraid to get your feet a little wet. Definitely take food, snacks, and water for the journey. Had a wonderful time!

Beautiful day with Bae on Eville bike trails. Sounds of nature at watershed! <3

bird watching
4 days ago

Ducks in the harbor.

Swallow cliff stairs. Did 10 flights 3x3+1

trail running
4 days ago

SUNny 35 degrees weather ground and mud. Did 1 hour boxing class prior to this.

We went late February and there was no one else on the trail. The 3 and 1 year olds were able to walk the entire trail (very slowly of course). The rock features are fun!

hiking
muddy
4 days ago

Really enjoyed this trail. Very well marked. The kids (3 and 1) enjoyed all the opportunities to splash in puddles caused by recent rain. The waterfalls were beautiful and I enjoyed the slight, but totally toddler friendly changes in terrain in the last third.

this is a great paved trail if you go early in the morning don't be surprised to see several deer along the way

hiking
5 days ago

Cool, fun Trail. Really cool rock formations.

5 days ago

Very easy trail! I enjoyed seeing the cave and brought my husband back the next day to see it.

Beautiful and interesting! people swim in this area and the trash is horrible. There's always something new to see around each corner!

enjoyed this trail very much. we crossed the creek and hiked both top and bottom of the bridge. It's an easy hike and the bridge is a must see.

on Rocky Bluff Trail

hiking
6 days ago

went on the trail with two 3 year olds and a pregnant wife. great scenery, lots of streams, a river, and some cool rock formations. Kids had a blast. came in the spring(March 2019) after a rain so we got wet and muddy but no big deal!

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