Hiking and Running
Kickapoo State Park has a variety of trails offering a chance to exercise while enjoying the awe-inspiring natural scenery.
- Out and Back Trail: a 6 mile (out and back) running and hiking trail is designed to meet the demands of outdoor hikers or runners.
- Clear Lake Trail: This 3.1-mile trail follows Clear Lake around to the north out and around to Emerald Pond. The trail includes ‘Spooky Hollow’ and has the steepest terrain of the Kickapoo trails.
- High Lake Trail: This 1.5-mile trail circles High lake and includes a variety of lake shorelines, pavilions, forests, and hills. It has a .2 mile ADA accessible walk on the South end of High Lake.
- Riverview Trail: Take this 2.5-mile stroll along the high banks of the Middle Fork of the Vermillion River. The trail then loops around Inland Sea.
- Brian Plawer Nature Trail: a .9 mile trail starting at the Cypress day-use area.
Kickapoo has two major campgrounds for tent and trailer camping, with 184 sites. Over 100 of the sites have electrical hookups. Two shower buildings are available to all campers and a sanitary dump station is available. Reservations for the main campground are available from May 1st to Oct 31st at ExploreMoreIL and any camping outside of this timeframe will be on a first come first serve basis.
More than 1,000 acres including forests, grasslands, edge, and cropland are available for the use of hunters each fall. Kickapoo hunters may harvest white-tailed deer (both firearm and archery), squirrel, dove, woodcock, quail, cock pheasant, rabbit, raccoon, and opossum.
Kickapoo in The News
Kickapoo State Recreation Area named Illinois’ top park by OutsideOnline.Com
The Pantagraph: Kickapoo state park offers a variety of activities
Middle Fork State Fish & Wildlife Area
The area consists of 2,700 acres of grass, forest, and cropland, and provides excellent wildlife habitat. There are 35 miles of marked scenic equestrian, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling trails in the Middle Fork State Fish and Wildlife Area. The area, commonly referred to as ‘horse camp, has Class C, D, and equestrian camping facilities. For further information on the Middle Fork State Fish & Wildlife Area, click here
Kennekuk County Park
Kennekuk County Park is a 3,000-acre park on the north edge of Kickapoo State Park. It includes Lake Mingo, a 170-acre lake, as well as several small ponds within the park. The park has a well-developed environmental education center and the Bunker Hill Historic Area, a collection of well-preserved buildings available to tour. The park also has a boat ramp, restroom facilities, and picnic areas. For further information on Kennekuk County Park, click here