Explore the most popular hiking trails near Oregon 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. Great inclines and beautiful woods.

2 months ago

Went on one of the north loops. It appears to be a decent little park. Small walks so if you want to stop and do a quick walk it is a good spot.

nature trips
2 months ago

Only did about a third of the trail doing a smaller loop. It is a nice trail overall, we were just cold so headed back. There are signs that alert you to the hunting that is occurring so be sure to read those just for safety. Would check it out again potentially if I was in the area for something else.

good trails nice facilities lovely views

This is a lovely hike through a wooded grove and some open prairie. Hilly enough to provide exercise.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

First, this is NOT an easy hike. It should be marked as moderate. Paths are natural, not paved. There is quite a bit of elevation change for IL especially on certain paths. The highest elevations in the park are sandy ridges and can be a little like walking in dunes.

This is a pretty rustic hike- no toilets (none that I saw) and no benches or picnic areas (none that I saw). Not to mention that I didn’t see another hiker for the entire time I was out there.

Make sure to take a photo of the trail map before you start hiking. There are sooo many more paths than this app shows.

Be careful during Fall and Winter, because hunting season opens. Trails are open during bow hunting season and are closed for firearm season.

I was hoping to see more of the Rock River, but the overgrowth blocked the view. The woods are pretty. I was surprised to see how different the vegetation is in such a small area. Along the river there is a lot of traffic noise, but more inland it was quiet and peaceful.

trail running
Sunday, June 25, 2017

Mostly double track in the park. Many miles here to get a lot of training in. There are some good hills towards the middle of the park. Make sure to snap a photo with your phone of the park map, and use that to help guide you along the way. There are numbered markers throughout the park with maps on them to orient yourself. Great place.

Nice elevation changes, nice relaxing walk.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Awesome forest!! Way cooler than lowden across town by Blackhawk. We will be spending this summer hiking the entire forest and learning every nook and cranny of it. We found an old barn/farmhouse on this trip. I can't wait to see what we find next!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

This is a great hidden gem a couple of hours outside Chicago. The terrain is really easy, but the over growth is amazing. You can completely loose yourself (not get lost, cause the trails are clearly marked) in a variety of trees and open prairie. Plus it is almost completely devoid of people, so you don't have the overwhelming feeling of no escape like Starved Rock. I have been hesitant to write this review, as I do not want the tranquility to be lost... but this is a place that has to be shared.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Cool place with Great! primitive tent sites on the eastern campgrounds - A decent way back into the forest for some nice peace and quiet. Just be aware site 2 and 3... and site 4 and 5 are connected really close to eachother. Site 1 pretty well isolated (that's where i stayed) and site 7 seems really well isolated way in the back. 6 and 8 are close to main trail. A trail exits out the back of that campground and goes all the way around crossing river road (sorta dangerously) and back up to the statue. I can tell these are rarely traveled trails cuz i ran into spiderwebs everywhere! was not for the faint of heart :P. The brochures and such will just mention the 50ft tall Blackhawk Indian statue. Which is impressive, but the view looking out from it is what was most amazing to me. If you do hike the trails beware that sometimes it shows straight trails when it's actually switchbacks down the hills or it will show switchbacks when it's actually a LONG set of stairs :)

Monday, August 15, 2016

The kids and I enjoyed our adventures here. This place is large with picturesque pine trees that make for a beautiful canopy. Trail markers are numbered which we believed was helpful.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

We had an awesome time on this trail!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The trails offer plenty of wild flowers to view and some nice open ranges as well. The hike itself is actually harder than many trails as there are several elevation changes.

paddle sports
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Canoeing south from downtown Oregon to Grand Detour is awesome. Takes about 4 hours. Camping at Castle Rock State Park campgrounds is by canoe only. Peaceful, serene. Not busy. Rock River is a bit muddy and smelly, however. It's downstream from industry.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

easy trails. not much elevation changes

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

tall pine trees,hills, bluff and cliff along the rock river this place is pretty big

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

wonderful place close to home.tall pine trees

Sunday, April 08, 2012

one of my favorite places to hike

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trail running
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