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Hiking Trails


The Peoria area has many hiking spots just outside, or even within the city limits. When the Kankakee Torrent ripped through central Illinois 19,000 years ago, it carved the river valley and left us with a great landscape to enjoy the outdoors and the trails.

The main trailhead can be found at the southwest corner of the parking lot. If you hear the water…you are getting closer! Go over the bridge (built in conjunction with PAMBA – Peoria Area Mountain Bike Association) and up the hill to hike the 1.5-mile trail in the woods. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 26 min to complete. This trail is great for birding, hiking, and mountain biking, and it’s unlikely you’ll encounter many other people while exploring. The trail is open year-round and is beautiful to visit anytime. Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash.


The Greater Peoria Family YMCA hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on to celebrate the grand opening of their new bridge and trail system located on their 59-acre property. 
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