Hiking

Take a hike! Our conservation areas have miles of hiking and multi-use trails. Go to your favorite area and explore.

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Hiking Events

Register by August 21

Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Meet at the nature center and drive to Arrow Rock State Park in Saline County. Trail: Moderate, 5 miles.

Register by August 31

Date: Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Meet at the nature center and drive to Onondaga Cave State Park in Crawford County. We will hike Deer Run trail in the morning and then cool down with a tour of beautiful Onondaga Cave (there will be a small fee for the cave tour). Bring your lunch, water, and bug repellent. Trail: Easy, 2.5 miles.

Register by September 6

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Join us for a 2 mile hike along the rocky Turkey Ridge Trail. We will explore a stand of towering pines, the remnants of old limestone mining, and seasonal flora and fauna. Meet at the Rockwoods Reservation Visitor Center at 10 a.m. where you will follow the guides to the trail head.

Register by September 14

Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 8+ years accompanied by a registered adult).
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Register by September 21

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 8:15am to 5:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Welcome autumn as we hike the varied habitats at the Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area. We’ll stop and take in the views and have lunch along the way. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Hike is seven miles and rated moderate to difficult. This program is for women only. Ages 14-adult. Girls ages 14-17 accompanied by an adult female are welcome. Pack a lunch, water, and dress for the weather. The trail is rocky and appropriate footwear is a must.

Register by September 27

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 8:15am to 5:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Enjoy a hike at Hercules Glades Wilderness. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is approximately five miles and rated moderate in difficulty. Ages 18-adult.

Register by October 25

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Late October is the perfect time to see the brilliant colors of fall. Join Rockwoods naturalists for a guided hike on the Lime Kiln trail and learn about how and why leaves changes colors. Please bring water and any other hiking essentials you may need Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult.