The Red River Trail is a 2.3 mile loop just outside of Deer Park, Illinois. The trail runs alongside a river, and is typically used by hikers, walkers, and those wishing to see unique birds.

The Red River Trail is open for use year round. The trail winds through beautiful canyons, streams, prairies, and forests in Matthiessen State Park. 

Photos: Logan Ward and Dave Alakai

Pack List

  • Good walking shoes
  • Water
  • Sun protection 
  • Bug spray 
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RT Distance 2.3 Miles
Elevation Gain 285 Feet
Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Loop
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly

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Nearby Adventures

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Hike the Dells Canyon and Bluff Trail

The trail is commonly used for hiking, nature trips, and birding. Matthiessen State Park features unique vegetation, rock formations, and waterfall arrangements.  Photos: Dave Alakai

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Hike the Upper Dells of Matthiessen State Park

From the start of the parking lot you will cross a picnic area to your left where you can have a bite to eat before or after your hike.

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Hike the Lower Dells at Matthiessen State Park

Starting off right from the parking lot at Matthiessen State Park, follow the trail markers through the forest, across beautiful bridges, and find your way to one of the many stunning waterfalls.

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