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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