Shoal Creek Nature Preserve – Illinois

We were heading back from Springfield, Illinois and decided to squeeze in a quick hike at the Henry Eilers Shoal Creek Nature Preserve on the edge of Litchfield, Illinois. If you are searching for this place on Google Maps, use the location called “Rotary Bluebird Trail” which is at the southern part of the preserve.

I couldn’t find much online about this place, but it was perfect for a nice walk in the woods. There is a small parking lot to the right of the main signs and then the trail is to the left of the signs.

The trail quickly splits and goes straight and right. I recommend going straight and after climbing a few small hills, there is a sign for Loop A and Loop B.

We first hiked Loop A and it brings you down to the edge of Lake Lou Yaeger. My favorite part of this trail is as you are finishing up the loop, you hike through a small prairie.

We then hiked Loop B which winds through the woods and brings you back to the trailhead.

It was a crisp fall morning and we enjoyed taking in the fresh air and hearing the crunching of the leaves under our feet. This nature preserve is the perfect place to stretch your legs! Also, dogs are allowed here.

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  1. Looks like a great hike-I’ll bet it’s preyin the spring!


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