Hike the Todd Fink-Heron Pond Trail

Belknap, Illinois



1.5 miles

Elevation Gain

125 ft

Route Type



Added by Lucas Bremer

With its wooded hills and cypress swamps, it would be easy to mistake this special place for Louisiana rather than Illinois.

This easy trail crosses a truss bridge over the Cache River and features a floating boardwalk in the middle of one of the most beautiful and accessible Cypress-Tupelo swamps in the Midwest. There are 10 interpretive panels located along the trail to guide your way.

The floating boardwalk section should not be missed. It takes you out into the swamp so that you can experience the beauty of the swamp without sinking in the mud below.

For a bit of a longer hike, follow the trail as it goes around the swamp and eventually leads to the State Champion Cherrybark Oak tree. This massive tree has over a 22-foot circumference and is more than 100 feet tall. There are 11 of the State of Illinois record sized trees within the Cache River Wetlands due to a longer growing season and plenty of water.

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