Kickapoo State Recreation Area
10906 Kickapoo Park Road, Oakwood • 442-4915
Features: Hiking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, camping, scuba diving, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, sledding and ice fishing. Scuba diving at Inland Sea and Sportsman’s Lake; hiking and running on various trails, including the 7.6-mile Out & Back Trail, rated difficult and designed to meet the demands of experienced outdoor hiker or runners. Park has a number of shorter and easier hiking trails; six main picnic areas with shelters, tables, outdoor stoves, drinking water and playground equipment; camping, electric and nonelectric; hunting, special regulations and restrictions apply. Canoe and kayak outfitters at Kickapoo Landing; go to www.kickapoolanding.com
Directions: From Interstate 74, take the Oakwood exit, turn north and go 6 miles to 1900 N Road and turn right; this road leads directly into the park.
Middle Fork State Fish and Wildlife Area
6 miles north of Interstate 74 from Oakwood exit • 442-4915
Features: Just north of Kickapoo State Park, the Middle Fork River runs through this more rustic park that is well-known for its horseback riding trails and camping grounds. It also offers fishing, hunting, hiking, archery, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and canoeing with access to the Middle Fork River, where boaters can float down the river to Kickapoo. More than 35 miles of marked horse trails with equestrian camping facilities. Trails used for skiing, snowmobiling in winter. Also 9 miles of hiking trails. Public access to Middle Fork River for canoeing is at Kinney’s Ford and Bunker Hill inside the park. Takeout is down the river to the south at Kickapoo State Park. The trap range and archery trail are at 2400 North Road on the far north end of the park. Archery trail is one-quarter mile west of intersection of 2620 N and 900 E Loop. Trail has 20 targets.
Directions: From Interstate 74, take the Oakwood exit, turn north and go about 9 miles; the park entrance will be on the right, marked by a sign.
Harry ‘Babe´ Woodyard State Natural Area
19284 E. 670 North Road, Georgetown • 442-4915
Features: The 1,104-acre area is host to 12 state endangered or threatened species. Hiking, fishing and hunting available. No facilities.
Directions: This remote area can be reached from Interstate 74 by taking Exit 215 south (Illinois 1) to Georgetown. At stoplight, turn east on dead-end road until you come to park about 12 miles from Interstate 74.