Piney Creek Ravine Trail

Willisville, Illinois 62997

Piney Creek Ravine Trail

Piney Creek Ravine Trail Professional Guide

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"Featuring the largest concentration of prehistoric rock art in Illinois, Piney Creek Ra- vine Trail offers visitors a pleasant day hike rich in both natural and cultural history."

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Best Hikes St. Louis (Falcon Guides)
JD Tanner and Emily Ressler-Tanner
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"In 1972 the Illinois Department of Natural Resources purchased the 198-acre area known as Piney Creek Ravine. Now a State Natural Area and National Natural Landmark, Piney Creek Ravine is well known in the area for its rare plant species and its abundance of “rock art,” which is believed to date back to the late Woodland (AD 500–1000) and Mississippian (AD 1000–1550) eras. Piney Creek Ravine is one of only two places in Illinois that shortleaf pines grow naturally. The ravine forms a moist, sheltered habitat for mosses and liverworts to grow, but also offers dry, exposed bluffs perfect for post and blackjack oaks. Hikers coming to Piney Creek Ravine may encounter opossums, cottontails, chipmunks, whitetail deer, fence lizards, rough green snakes, and copperhead snakes. Timber rattlesnakes have never been reported but are a possibility in the area." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: St. Louis (Falcon Guides)
JD Tanner and Emily Ressler
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"Featuring the largest concentration of prehistoric rock art in Illinois, Piney Creek Trail offers visitors a pleasant day hike rich in both natural and cultural history." Read more

Piney Creek Ravine Trail Reviews

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A hidden jewel that surprises you with dramatic scenery, you will think you are in the MO Ozarks. It starts off with rolling farmland, and a grass lane, but descends down. After the first creek crossing, you come to a split. Follow sign to 'Rock Art' to see real life Petraglyphs, the largest collection in IL. Trail continues down more, until the actual Piney Creek, then goes up towards the Petraglyphs, then upward along the ridge, clockwise, and loops back to cross the creek again. During Winter and Spring, you can see views of the canyon floor. Or, you can walk down into the canyon floor, for the most dramatic scenery in the State of IL, tall canyon walls, shut in style erosion, mini-waterfalls. If you hike along the creek - upstream (to the right), you may have to cross a few times, but both sides are accessible to hiking; you can see in advance if it is impassable. (Doing this path, you avoid the petraglyphs - But you can see the petraglyphs and backtrack) Trail is easy to follow, including along the canyon floor, you will see green trail markers on each side where the trail crosses the creek again. There's a dead end spur but a green marker that has 'Dead End' written in faded permanant marker. WARNING! The upper creek crossing leads to a waterfall that has a history of people falling (40 foot drop); If you are the type to explore, please do so without children, and keep in mind that slippery moss is present. You can also make your way around to the base of the waterfall, with an obsticle course of jagged boulders. In winter if you go upstream about 1/8 mile, there are vines that icecicles grow around. Unsuspecting minds will think that there are 50 foot tall icecicles formed from the top of the cliff.
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Trail Information

Willisville
Nearby City
2
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Duration
Fall through spring
Season
USGS: Welge
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Dec 2018