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another stunning park!. Shawnee national forest ceases to amaze me.

Def need to come back and spend more time here. not a big park, but the feeling you get reminiscing of the Indians and how they must have lived was inspiring.

the biggest draw back to this trail is you wouldn't know it existed without this app. there isn't any signage anywhere in the park letting you know it is there. and when you do look at it, it looks like an old farm access. but once we found it, it was definitely worth it.

had a blast it was a must see on my River to River thru hike. glad I did

Definitely making another trip back!!! We could spend all day here and still not see everything!! We loved it! Nice trails and beautiful rock formations! We will definitely go back soon!

Nice short trail with a lot to see!! Absolutely beautiful!! Can't wait to go back!

We had a blast! Definitely be back!

Great little place to stop and visit when jumping parks!! The kids enjoyed it very much! Very neat!

loved this place! lots of exploring and the kids loved it too!

Well marked and groomed, plenty of up and down throughout balanced by some nice flat areas as well as benches to sit and rest occasionally. We went on a Sunday afternoon after church and the parking lot was full. Gift shop is open near trailhead and they have a few animals you can take your kids in there to see.

It is a mix between prairie and forest trails with portions alongside the river. The trails are well-maintained and perfect for the easy category hike.

good trails nice facilities lovely views

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.

Nice trail to bike or walk. Most of it is gravel and flat..... very easy walk..... travels along canal so you will usual see some wildlife. Much of it is full sun.

Nice quick trail in the woods with a river over look..... very small forest preserve but nice place to get out for a little while. Canoe access on the I&M canal and shore access for fishing on the river. Some parts with steeper elevation but overall very easy hike.

beautiful! I love taking my kids here. there's a lot in direct sun, so it's harder in the dead of summer. outhouse on site is a perk!

Nice and calm nature walk with a few neat sights and great for kids to go through. Trail is clean and saw a lot of small wildlife in the area.

hiking
1 day ago

Went with my wife and kids twice now, the kids really like seeing the rock shelters. I really like the fact it’s the closest hiking trail to me that has interesting sights along with nature. Some of the vandalism is very graphic, luckily the kids could see past it and enjoy the time there. The trail is a “straight trail” so you walk the same way back, it follows a little creek that goes along side bluffs. The main area around the shelters is pretty fun to explore though, we spent around 2 hours just exploring the area with the kids.

Lovely trail. Friendly, and a good ride end to end. We couldn't get all the way to the Fox like the map says. Maybe next time.

road biking
2 days ago

really nice trail. will definitely ride again. Well maintained; well marked; lovely scenery

hiking
2 days ago

Great place to train for long distance hikes, but not technical. Bug spray/lotion is a must between miles 4 - 7 from the parking lot off Bluff rd. to the Des Plaines River outlook because the mosquitoes will cover you if you haven’t applied anything. I think miles 7 - 2 (going counterclockwise/NE from the Bluff rd lot) has the best scenery.

My parents have taken me here since I was an infant, best place to get close to nature.

We hiked down the the falls in the shorter loop next to the road. Beautiful scenery, falls weren't too impressive, more of a trickle in early June despite the rain a few days earlier, but we expected that. The trails are not well marked, you need to either know the area or bring a GPS! We used this app (AllTrails) and were exceptionally glad we did or we would have gone in the wrong direction more than once. There is a faster way to get down to the falls than going all the way around to Helispot, and we took this way back up to our car. I suggest if you want to get to the bottom quickly, you do the following: (1) drive past the parking area/trailhead and park on the side of the road about half a mile down, coordinates 37.505523, -88.681285 (caution, road is pretty bumpy but can be managed) (2) hike down from the road approx 100ft to the trail and go left, (3) pass over a wooden bridge, (4) at GPS coordinates 37.504375, -88.681905 clamber down the boulder trail to the bottom of the bluff (there is a red emergency/first-aid staion @ the bottom). It may look impossible at first glance which is how we missed it, but it is not hard if you are physically able and saves you from having to walk over a mile further. (4) go northwest about a quarter mile, stay right along the bottom of the bluffs until you get to the falls. We learned of this way from a very kind older gentleman who was camping overnight @ the bottom of the falls.

The perfect escape from the city! It was 90° today but we could take refuge in the abundant shade and water so it worked well! I recommend coming out on a weekday to avoid the traffic. We will be back for sure!

Great time. I took my boys (11, 9, and 7) and hiked all 11 miles in 4.5 hours. They had a great time. Make sure to bring GALLONS of bug spray and wear long pants or high socks for all the poison ivy. they do a good job taking care of it and it was a really nice get-away for us dudes!

Nice trail!

the trail is all overgrown.

really nice

Very pretty and enjoyable trail. Great for running or biking, but can get pretty hot as there is no shade. Best in the cooler months or early morning hours.

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