Piney Creek Ravine Nature Preserve.

Loop • 2.25 mi • 0 ft

Piney Creek Ravine’s secretive canyons hide the biggest display of prehistoric petroglyphs and pictographs in Illinois. When you descend into the enchanting canyons at Piney Creek, you’ll be awed by the natural beauty that inspired the ancients’ creativity.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Willisville
Length: 2.25 total miles
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2–3 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: Welge USGS topo
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My 13 year old daughter and I hiked from South to North, we made it in just under 5 hours. The Rockwood reservation portion is less challenging than the South end of the trail, fewer steep grades. A beautiful and well maintained trail (thank you Boy Scouts), a must do for hikers in the area. As good as it gets for a Missouri trail.


For hardcore trail running in St. Louis, this is the best challenge/training.(Lewis & Clark second (if only Pere Marquette were closer.)) You can run the full out-and-back in 4-5 hours, depending on ability. Nice flat stretch in the middle, but otherwise quite hilly. Isolation, too.

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