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Merwin Nature Preserve Loop

Easy

Trail

2.0 mile 3.3 kilometer point to point
98% Runnable
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 144' 44 m
Descent: -119' -36 m
High: 789' 241 m
Low: 730' 223 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 15% (8°)

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Trail shared by Colin Highlands

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An ecologically diverse property with majestic oaks.

Colin Highlands

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers

Description

Begin at the small gravel parking lot off N 1925 East Road. Head east on the trail until you reach the junction a few hundred feet away. Keep left to start the run with majestic oak trees and an easy grade. You'll encounter a shortcut trail heading southward. Keep left to continue on the 2-mile route.

About halfway, meander down to the bottomlands along the Mackinaw River. You'll encounter a section with easy access to the waterway, which provides some nice areas to relax. As you exit the bottomlands, you'll encounter a short climb, and a beautiful vista awaits. A bench provides a good point to rest. Continue toward the parking lot. With both upland and lowland habitat and impressive property management, this restoration project provides a nice reprieve from the surrounding cornfields.

Flora & Fauna

Oak trees and upland and lowland vegetation. Birding opportunities abound.

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Land Manager: Parklands Foundation

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Incredible oak trees await you.
Oct 29, 2017 near Gridley, IL
A partial grass trail surface on the first half of the trail is lovely.
Oct 29, 2017 near Gridley, IL
View over the Mackinaw River.
Sep 9, 2018 near Gridley, IL
The bottomlands near the Mackinaw River offer a different landscape to explore.
Oct 29, 2017 near Gridley, IL
An oak tree with some age.
Oct 29, 2017 near Gridley, IL
Climb a short ridge for rewarding views of the Mackinaw River.
Oct 29, 2017 near Gridley, IL

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