• Hiking,  Illinois,  Kids

    Giant City State Park Post Oak Trail

    Giant City State Park is one of our favorite kid-friendly parks to explore in Illinois. The trails are mostly short, easy, and scenic. The Post Oak Trail is the easiest trail at the park. Recent improvements have made the marked 1/3 mile loop ADA accessible and stroller friendly. You can also venture off the paved path for even better overlooks and blufftop views. Post Oak Hiking Trail Distance: 0.3 mile loop on paved path. Longer if you explore unpaved paths.…

  • Hiking,  Illinois,  Kids

    Prowl Impressive Bluffs at Panther Den Wilderness

    Panther Den is a southern Illinois hike that we had meant to do for years, but never got around to. I was a little wary about the trail reports I had read where people had trouble finding the trailhead or following the trail. Well, we finally made the trip and this Shawnee National Forest hike was easy to follow and amazing to see! Read on to learn how to hike the Panther Den Wilderness Trail. Panther Den Wilderness Hike Distance:…

  • Hiking,  Illinois,  Kids

    Hiking Illinois’s Stemler Cave Woods Preserve

    Stemler Cave Woods Nature Preserve is another quiet spot of nature developed in part by Clifftop Alliance. This non-profit was developed to help promote the conservation, preservation, and protection of the Mississippi River bluffs corridor in Monroe, Randolph and St. Clair Counties of Illinois. We have explored several of the other preserves Clifftop supports such as White Rock and Salt Lick Point. As the largest dedicated Illinois nature preserve in St. Clair County, Stemler Cave Woods contains 20 acres of…

  • Day Trip,  Hiking,  Illinois,  Kids

    Family Travel Guide to Carlyle Lake and Eldon Hazlet State Park

    Less than an hour east of St. Louis you can explore Illinois’s largest manmade lake. Carlyle Lake is a popular lake for sailing, camping, fishing, hiking, and more. There are several state parks and recreation areas located along the shores of the lake with Eldon Hazlet being the largest. This recreation area is a great spot to spend a day or weekend on the lake without having to travel far. Read on for a family travel guide to both Carlyle…

  • Day Trip,  Hiking,  Illinois,  Kids

    Cedar Falls and Phantom Canyon Trails at Camp Ondessonk

    One of my adventure bucket list items had been to visit the tallest free-flowing waterfall in the state of Illinois. We managed to check off that item recently by hiking to Cedar Falls and Phantom Canyon, both located on the Camp Ondessonk property. Camp Ondessonk is the site of a Catholic summer camp in far southern Illinois. When summer camp is not in session, this private property is open to the public for hiking with permission. There are 25 miles…