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hiking
1 day ago

It was super sloppy and my first time here but I've hiked all of Shawnee and this has quickly become my favorite area. it was so worth it.

Nice trail. There was 5 inches of fresh snow when we went the other day and we saw alot of animals tracks. Went early so very few human footprints were in the snow yet.

nature trips
1 day ago

I think Volo Bog is one of the neatest things you can see. The park did a great job with the signs explaining what you’re seeing and walking through! It’s delightful

It's actually in Glencoe, Illinois. Be sure to hike the prairie garden at the south end in the summer.

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.

A little slick today,but doable

nice for as close to town as it is, easy to get to and not a bad hike unless the ground is soggy

We used to explore these woods when we were kids. I'd forgotten about this park. Took my dog on the trail today. Nice elevation changes. Great family park. Picnic tables and bathrooms available.

Went this past Saturday when the temps were in the mid 20’s and had the whole place to myself practically - only saw 5 other people all day - if i went again i would hike the other paths counterclockwise to avoid the hills

Very scenic little area. Luckily, it was plowed (a little bit) after about 16” of snow, which is great after trudging a few other trails over the last week that were not. The waterfall was great, and had a fun time watching the ducks on the pond.

Found a great cave on this trail

Time it to catch the sunset over looking the Mississippi River

Was a great hike, this year was the first time I hiked it during winter. Personally I enjoyed this trail better during this time period. The frozen waterfalls off the bluffs, and being able to see more exposed rock face. You just don’t get that when the leaves are on in the warmer months just made it for me. Highly recommend.

um hmmmm mother nature is a beautiful beast

For bein' in flat ole Illinois, this trail's got some ups and downs to it. I enjoyed it very much. Quiet, peaceful, tree breathing! I clocked it at .75 mile.

horseback riding
13 days ago

Horses are not allowed on the trail around the lake at Rock Cut State park. They are only allowed on the Equestrian trail on the North side of the park.

These trails are easily accessible and well maintained but do not have any views of the lake.

hiking
13 days ago

Beautiful short trail. A hidden gem in the Shawnee Forest.

birding
14 days ago

At Blackwell’s McKee Marsh, the 13,000-year-old skeleton of a woolly mammoth — one of the oldest finds of its kind in northeastern Illinois — was discovered in 1977.

hiking
15 days ago

it is a lovely place with wonderful views i give it the 4star for the average person a 3.5star for the more fit person would not recomend rainy season just cause of the valley's and a creek bed that you must cross

Quick trail that is very easy to walk/run.

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