Beaver Lake State Park:
Shaddox Hollow Nature Trail, 1.5 miles, is a
hike with beautiful views of Beaver Lake. Pigeon Roost
Trail is 8.5 miles and is classifed as a moderate
strenuous wilderness hike.
Bench Rock Nature Trail:
Indian Creek Park - Moderate Difficulty Bernch Rock Nature Trail requires about an hour of leisurely walking time. Small children should be accompained by an adult. About one-half of the trail leads you along the top of a bluff, providing many panaramic views of Bever Lake. An overhanging rock bluff was typical shelter for primitive Indians.
Devil's Den State Park:
Offers a 1.5 mile self guided trail that
includes two fracture caves, unusal rock formaitons,
flowing springs and lot of nature. The park's backpaking
Butterfield Trail is 14.5 miles long with scenic vistas
and unspoiled wilderness.
Dogwood Overlook Trail:
Dam Site Park - Overlook - Difficult Dogwood Trail spans 2 miles of relatively steep terrian. As th name suggests flowering dogwood trees abound throughout the area. Spectacular overlooks, beautiful geographic features and one of the largest bluff shelters found on Beaver Lake await you along the trail.
Fishtrap Nature Trail
Lost Bridge Park (south area) – Moderate Difficulty Fishtrap trail requires 30 minutes of walking time. It extends a short distance uphill to a level bench on the hillside leading to a long overhanging bluff. The bluff is typical of the many such shelters of prehistoric bluff-dwelling Indian tribes.
Lake Wedington Trial: – This hike is 15.4 miles round trip. Lead past Twin Knobs, a unique rock formation, and ends on the banks of the Illinois River. Great for an overnight hiking trip.
Lost Bridge Hiking Trail (north area) - Moderate Difficulty Lost Bridge Hiking Trail winds about five miles through a heavily wooded area with an abundance of scenic attractions, bluff overlooks and sandstone - limestone outcroppings. Interpretive displays along the trail explain pond ecology and the lifestyle of rural families of a bygone era.
Pea Ridge National Military Park:
This is an easy self-guided trails which
begins and ends at famous Elk Horn Tavern and takes
around one half hour.
Rim Rock Nature Trail
Prairie Creek Park (north area) - Easy Rim Rock Trail provides a winding 45-minute leisurley walk through a scenic wooded area. For about half its didtance the trail follows along the bas of a long low limestone bluff. The many wildflowers and hardwood threes provide a profusion of color in both summer and fall.
Plan your trip carefully, know where you are going and where you want
to stay each night. Protect yourself and the environment.
1. Be responsible and enjoy the lake and the surrounding environment.
2. Give a friend or relative a description of your itinerary in case
you get lost or in case an emergency situation arises.
3. Keep all pets on a leash at all times. You are responsible for your
dogs at all times.
4. Know your physical limitations. Do not overestimate your physical
condition or the terrain.
5. Be aware of the poisonous snakes, plants, mushrooms and animals
that could potentially be threatening in the area that you will be
6. Please refrain from damaging plants, flowers and trees around the
lake.. Most damage occurs when individuals pick flowers, cut limbs,
or tear off leaves.
7. Stay on the trail! This message is often heard any time a person
is outdoors for a reason - to avoid getting lost or hurt. One
solution is GPS.
8. Take a first-aid kit and bring insect repellent to avoid chiggers,
ticks, and mosquitoes in the spring and summer months.
9. Take precautions with smoking materials. Each year many fires are
a result of carelessness.Being aware will prevent the ever-present
danger of wildfires.
10. Always take extra water and snacks for hikes of any distance. Food
is obviously very important resource, I carry as much as possible
when I hike.
11. Consider the amount of gear, footwear, and clothing that is
appropriate for the trail and season. Have fun and enjoy Beaver Lakes
Make sure your equipment checklist is