Parks & Trails

Forest Park Nature Preserve

With over seven miles of trails, it’s easy to spend an entire day at Forest Park Nature Preserve. They also offer classes for adults and children throughout the year, covering all kinds of topics from bats to bugs. They even offer guided hiking tours.

SandRidge State Forest

With 44 miles of marked trails and 7,200 acres of forest, SandRidge features woodlands, open fields, and unique sand prairies to explore. The forest is perfect for hikers, backpackers, horseback riders, and even snowmobilers. Located about 45 minutes south of downtown Peoria, the trails are matched perfectly with a day trip to explore nearby historic Havana and the Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge.

Illinois River Bluff Trail

A beautiful sanctuary for hiking the steep river bluff hills of central Illinois. The trail connects four Peoria area parks Camp Wokanda, Robinson Park, Green Valley Camp, and Detweiller Park. It’s the perfect way to get to know lots of area parks.

Jubilee College State Park

With over three thousand acres to explore, Jubilee College State Park is a great place to hike (the highest elevation is 660 feet), fish (smallmouth bass, bluegill, catfish, and carp), or have a picnic to enjoy the warm weather. 

Rocky Glen Park

Truly a hidden gem in West Peoria, Rocky Glen is a great place to hike and see unique sandstone rock formations, including the popular "bowl" or "Horseshoe Bottoms." Plenty of local lore and stories swirl around this historic place to explore near Kickapoo Creek. Often referred to as a smaller Starved Rock, don't forget to check out the small waterfalls along the cliffs.