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Rockwood State Park

Discussion in 'Wilderness & Survival Skills' started by nate1714, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. nate1714

    nate1714

    Apr 16, 2005
    I stop by this place a time or two a year. This time I went out in late June. To be honest its nothing fantastic. Trails are limited and not maintained well. I did take the nephew out to teach him some orienteering and knife skills. There is a decently long horse trail around the park, though I don't own a horse. They do have a small lake for fishing and kayaking/boating. Mainly its just a good place to kill a few hours or go camping for a short overnight trip. The nearby town does have a great Dairy Queen though.
    http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks/r1/morrison.htm

    Trail started off promising this morning.
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    Sun was still coming up a bit
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    This is one of the only 3 trail markers I found. The trail was rough and as I hiked I cleared it a bit.
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    Yet still nature is fascinating...
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    Trail got a bit better away from the lake
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    Closer to Prairies and farmland the trails were tall grass
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    Interesting how fast the trail changed from woods, grassland then pine trees
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    Nephew found a baby frog
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    Oh it doesn't look like much in this pic but, this trail is all mud!
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    Last view of overgrown trail before finally breaking out into a local corn field.
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    A few hours well spend. Knife skills and rough trails help in the learning process. It was a good hike.

    Thanks for checking these out!
     
  2. WILLIAM.M

    WILLIAM.M Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 14, 2006
    Looks like a great place to hike
     
  3. Saymon

    Saymon

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    Jun 18, 2012
    Seems like a great place for outdoor activity.
     
  4. Bob W

    Bob W

    Dec 31, 2000
    I did my college internship at White Pines Forest State Park, not far from there to the east.
    White Pines is a tiny park, but worth a stop if you're passing by. Apple Canyon and Franklin Creek are two other attractive parks in the region, if you haven't already been.
     
  5. nate1714

    nate1714

    Apr 16, 2005
    I went to White Pines as a kid to look for some fossils...long story short...ended up wayyy to close to a unfriendly snake. Have not been to the other parks you mentioned.
     

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