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Post Oak Trail

Easy/Intermediate

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0.3 mile 0.5 kilometer loop
88% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 53' 16 m
Descent: -57' -17 m
High: 705' 215 m
Low: 648' 198 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)

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This is a short, easy, paved trail with scenic views looking down the bluffs from wooden platforms.

David Dwight

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

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Need to Know

The park is free to the public with nearby picnic areas and is within 5 miles of restaurants and lodging. There is also a historic lodge that is open seven days a week from February 1 to December 1, and serves family style chicken dinners, as well as other food and beverages. There are 35 cabins for lodging as well.

Runner Notes

No concerns exist for runners as this is a short trail, and would take multiple laps to get a good workout.

Description

This is a nice, casual trail, with very little variation of elevation throughout the trail. Part of the trail follows a scenic bluff line, and several viewing areas are available. Handicap parking is available, and benches can be found throughout this trail for any person who may have mobility concerns, but who still would like to enjoy a nice nature run.

Flora & Fauna

Giant City State Park is home to a good variety of wildlife. Owls, raccoons, skunks, opossums, squirrels, chipmunks and deer, to name a few. Sightings will depend on season and time of day. Various snakes may be spotted during warmer months, although they are generally bashful and normally avoid people. Red Cedar, hickory, oak as well as other hardwood trees can also be seen.

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End of trail near pond and parking lot. Bench for resting or enjoylng the day.
Feb 22, 2019 near Cobden, IL
Scenic overlook platform.
Feb 22, 2019 near Cobden, IL
Post Oak Pond is near the parking area, and part ot the trail skirts around it.
Feb 22, 2019 near Cobden, IL
The view from the scenic overlook.
Feb 22, 2019 near Cobden, IL
Another bench after rounding the trail, heading out.
Feb 22, 2019 near Cobden, IL
A couple wooden bridges that span gaps in the rocks.
Feb 22, 2019 near Cobden, IL

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