We broke away from the never ending projects that come with building a new house (another post on that later) to run down to Southern Illinois for a bit. We need to start getting the kids to hike on their own as they are both getting to be a bit too heavy for carry around these days. So we choose the Nature Trail at Giant City (PDF of Brochure) :
The Nature Trail is probably one of the most popular trails at the park and with good reason. Over a short distance, you pass quite a bit of great scenery.
The boy made it the whole way often running and climbing where he could. The girl managed to eek out about 95% of it before I had to carry her. All in all, a successful hike!
After we finished this hike, we wandered over to the Boo Memorial Garden (Link to that Post).