Spring Lake Nature Park

Streator, Illinois


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The Trails

 

Overlook Trail

Overlook Trail, Spring Lake Park, 2007 (Chris Frandsen)

 

The hiking trails at Spring Lake Park offer scenic paths for those looking for a relaxing walk, as well as those who prefer a more challenging hike.  Hikers need to be alert to changing conditions on the trails, such as fallen tree limbs, rocks, ruts, and wet soil.

 

·         Hikers are encouraged to stay on marked trails to avoid thorn bushes, uneven ground, and poison ivy, whose berries serve as food for resident birds. 

·         Dogs must be on leashes at all times.

·         Hikers and horseback riders use the same trails at Spring Lake Park. Caution is advised when meeting on the trail. Horses can be startled by loud noises or sudden movements.  

Thirteen trails are currently open (most are ½ mile or less in length). See bottom of page for trail map.  

  • Big Tree Trail –This is a flat, easy trail for hikers, with several access points to the creek.   Look for the giant, 200-year old Cottonwood tree on the right, near Egg Bag Creek.

 

  • West Trail –This is a flat, easy trail. On the west end—across Egg Bag Creek—this trail intersects with West Hill Spur and Egg Bag Trail. 
     
  • Egg Bag Trail —This trail is narrow with some uneven footing.  It is not suitable for horses.   This trail intersects with West Hill Spur and West Trail. 

 

  • West Hill Spur – The hill on this spur has a steep incline. This trail intersects with Egg Bag Trail, West Trail, and Overlook Trail.

 

  • Overlook Trail —The hills on this trail offer moderate inclines and uneven footing. Follow this trail to Horseshoe Loop and the scenic overlook.

 

  • Beaver Run—This trail has steep inclines and uneven footing.  It is not appropriate for horses.  This trail is accessed from Horseshoe Loop, near the scenic overlook.
     
  • South Trail This trail runs the length of the park and intersects with all trails south of the Moon Creek suspension bridge.  Currently it dead ends at the second Moon Creek crossing.  It is mostly flat and groomed as far as Creek Trail and primitive beyond.  
     
  • Old Road is a spur that runs adjacent to South Trail for a short distance.  It has a steep incline and uneven footing
     
  • Deer Trail –This trail is mostly flat, with some uneven footing.  It shares a portion of the trail with Highline Trail.

 

  • Highline TrailThis trail has moderate inclines and some uneven footing.  It shares a portion of the trail with Deer Trail.

 

  • Ridge Trail – This trail has moderate inclines and uneven footing.  It shares a portion of the trail with Turkey Trail.

 

  • Turkey Trail –This trail is flat with some uneven footing. It shares a portion of the trail with Ridge Trail.
     
  • Creek Trail –This trail is mostly flat with some uneven footing.  It intersects with Turkey Trail.
     

Click here to view Spring Lake Park Trail Map