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  • 113 S Peoria Avenue, Dixon, IL 61021
Franklin Creek Nature Area Trails

Franklin Creek State Natural Area Trails

Four and one-half miles of hiking trails are marked and maintained at the park. All trail markers are numbered and clearly shown on the park map to help you follow the trails. The Mill Springs Handicapped Trail is a unique, concrete-surfaced trail suitable for people of all mobility levels. The trail leads to the beautiful Mill Spring and possesses an easy rating.

All other trails possess a medium difficulty rating. Pioneer Pass is highly recommended to see the park’s unique, natural beauty. The three creek crossings on Pioneer Pass are wet at this time pending the construction of footbridges.

Dififculty Rating
3.5/5
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Key To Hiking Trails

  • Yellow – Mill Springs Trail ( 0.3 miles )
  • Red – Pioneer Pass ( 1.85 miles )
  • Blue – Norwegian Hill Trail ( 1 mile )
  • Orange – Black Bass Trail ( 1 mile )
  • Purple – Quarry Pass Trail ( 1 mile )

Markers

Banker Shelter

1589 Deer Path Ln, Franklin Grove, IL 61031, USA

Bartlett Shelter

1973-1869 Twist Rd, Franklin Grove, IL 61031, USA

Big Bridge

1810 Twist Rd, Franklin Grove, IL 61031, USA

Black Bass Trail

1589 Deer Path Ln, Franklin Grove, IL 61031, USA

Cross Country Skiing Trails

1892 Twist Rd, Franklin Grove, IL 61031, USA

Two of the six miles of equestrian trails serve as ski trails.

Dysarts Pond

Franklin Grove Township, IL, USA

Equestrian Trails

1893 Twist Rd, Franklin Grove, IL 61031, USA

Snowmobiling: Four of the six miles of equestrian trails serve as snowmobile trails with 4 inches of snow base after hunting season.

Franklin Creek Grist Mill

1893 Twist Road, Franklin Grove, IL 61031, USA

Hausen-Knox Shelter

1589 Deer Path Ln, Franklin Grove, IL 61031, USA

Headwaters

105 N State St, Franklin Grove, IL 61031, USA

Horseback Riding Trails

1894 Twist Rd, Franklin Grove, IL 61031, USA

Equestrian Trails - 6 miles

Hurd Memorial

Franklin Grove Township, IL, USA

John Husar Memorial Fishing Pier

1973-1869 Twist Rd, Franklin Grove, IL 61031, USA

Kiwanis Shelter

1457 Old Mill Rd, Franklin Grove, IL 61031, USA

Mill Spring Trail

1973-1869 Twist Rd, Franklin Grove, IL 61031, USA

4.5 miles - The Mill Springs Trail is a unique, concrete-surfaced trail suitable for people of all mobility levels.

Mill Springs Day Use Area

1456 Old Mill Rd, Franklin Grove, IL 61031, USA

Norwegian Hill Trail

Franklin Grove Township, IL, USA

Park Office

1893 Twist Rd, Franklin Grove, IL 61031, USA

Pioneer Pass

1813 Twist Rd, Franklin Grove, IL 61031, USA

Playground Equipment 1

1862 Twist Rd, Franklin Grove, IL 61031, USA

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