The Castle Rock North Trail is a 3.5 mile loop that is great for all skill levels, such as families, and dogs are allowed on leash! This trail features scenic wild flowers and is a great spot for birding. Castle Rock State Park is just outside of Oregon, Illinois.

The hike features a river, and has scenic views of the nearby landscapes from the top of a lookout point. 

Photos: Andrew Nicolle

Pack List

  • Water
  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Sack lunch or snack if stopping for a picnic 
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RT Distance 3.5 Miles
Elevation Gain 442 Feet
Activities Chillin, Camping, Running, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Loop
Features
Easy Parking
Forest
Groups
Picnic Area
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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