Middle Fork offers more than eight miles of trails:
Oak Burl Trail (2.4 miles)
This trail travels through a variety of habitats including an oak/hickory forest, a prairie rich with wildflowers, and a river bottomland forest. Look for the wildlife drawn to these habitats. Signs of beaver are visible along the river. Raccoons leave tracks in wet areas and live in the trees along the trail. White-tailed deer are often seen.
Prairieview Trail (.8 mile)
Walk through prairie grasses and wildflowers and enjoy the rolling terrain. This short trail winds through areas of tree plantings and also through areas where nature is rapidly filling in open areas with trees of its own.
Sugar Creek Trail (.8)
This trail is a fine, short walk from the campground. It passes through former agricultural lands, restored prairie and a small wetland area frequented by herons.
Midland Trail (1.4 miles)
This moderate trail introduces you to areas where pheasant and deer are common. Look for signs of farming that took place here until the mid-1970s. You'll see examples of succession, as trees have sprung up in old fields.
South Loop (2.2 miles)
This trail will take you to the southern extreme of the preserve. Hikers are treated to beautiful views of the Middle Fork River. Beaver cuttings are found on saplings along the riverbank, while deer tracks are found right on the trail.
All lands, waters, plants and animals at the Middle Fork River Forest Preserve are protected by law under the stewardship of the Forest Preserve District. We welcome you to enjoy your stay with us and ask for your help in preserving and protecting these valuable resources for generations to come.
Point Pleasant (2.0 miles)
This trail takes visitors on a journey along the edge of high-quality oak-hickory forest and through beautifully restored prairies. Hikers are rewarded with views of the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River, the Point Pleasant wetland, plentiful wildlife, and the site of one of the 5 U.S. Post Offices to exist in Champaign County in the 1850s.