Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach State Park Dead River Loop

Zion, Illinois 60099

Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach State Park Dead River Loop

Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach State Park: Dead River Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"After a ramble along the shore of the Dead River, this trail brings you through some of the only sand dunes left in the state of Illinois. Halfway through the hike, take a break on a surprisingly quiet stretch of Lake Michigan beach.

Dogs prohibited on the beach and in the nature preserve; must be leashed on trails. From the parking lot, with the restrooms behind you and the visitor center back to your right, look for the Dead River Trail, which heads right (southwest) near the far end of the lot."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

"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." Read more

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Trail Information

Zion
Nearby City
2.1
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
1 hour
Duration
Daily, sunrise–8 p.m
Season
Camping
Additional Use
Available at the website. USGS Zion, IL
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Dec 2018