Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach State Park Trails

Zion, Illinois

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This hike takes you to the dunes and swales along Lake Michigan. Spend a bit of time on the beach, if you like, but then follow the trail amid the grassy dunes heading south toward the appropriately named Dead River, which is cut off from the lake periodically by sandbars. On it's return the trail follows along the edge of this wetlands area, offering a completely different environment such a short distance from the lake and the dunes. The loop doesn’t take long, and inside the loop are other trail segments straddling the line between the two ecosystems. Expect good bird watching along the river and lakeshore, and great views of the bright blue waters.
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by Kevin Revolinski (Falcon Guides)

This hike takes you to the dunes and swales along Lake Michigan. Spend a bit of time on the beach, if you like, but then follow the trail amid the grassy dunes heading south toward the appropriately named Dead River, which is cut off from the lake periodically by sandbars.

On it's return the trail follows along the edge of this wetlands area, offering a completely different environment such a short distance from the lake and the dunes. The loop doesn’t take long, and inside the loop are other trail segments straddling the line between the two ecosystems. Expect good bird watching along the river and lakeshore, and great views of the bright blue waters.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Zion
Distance: 2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Adeline Jay GeoKaris Illinois Beach State Park, 1 Lake Front Dr., Zion, IL 60099; (847) 662-4811; dnr.state.il.us
Local Maps: USGS Zion; at park office, trailhead, and on website
Driving Directions: Directions to Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach State Park Trails

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