Sand Ridge State Forest

Topeka, IL

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Sand Ridge State Forest is a multiple route trail located near Topeka, Illinois and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for birding & hiking and is accessible year-round.

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George Aspbury (507)

28 Completed8 Reviews

Hidden gem of a park. Several loop trail systems from 5-14 miles. There are also many miles of fire lanes. Much sand is here. Apparently there are badgers living in the park. We have yet to encounter one. Loads of whitetail deer and other critters. Deer hunting and game fields so check the park for info regarding trial closures and huntign seasons.

Jeff Cole (166)

2 Completed1 Reviews

I back packed the eastern Yellow trail to Back country site 1 where I camped. The trail was sandy as expected, adding about 30% more work to the trek at times. Cactus were everywhere. I plan to return and do a different trail.

Michael Rowe (216)

14 Completed3 Reviews

It's been a few years since I hiked this trail. As I recall there is a 17 mile loop trail. I used this trail to get in shape for backpack trips. The trail was difficult at times do to the trail surface being made up of sand.