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Big Rock Forest Preserve Horse Trails

46W072 Jericho Road
Big Rock, IL 60511
United States

Big Rock Horse Trail Map Aerial Google Earth View
Big Rock Equestrian Campground Aerial View
Big Rock Horse Trail at sunset
Horse trailer at Big Rock equestrian campground with rainbow
Big Rock Horse Trail Map Aerial Google Earth View
Big Rock Equestrian Campground Aerial View
Big Rock Horse Trail at sunset
Horse trailer at Big Rock equestrian campground with rainbow

Mature woodlands, high-quality marshes, tallgrass prairie, clear-running creeks and a 65-foot deep lake are just some of the highlights of Big Rock Forest Preserve. 

Siegler Lake is a premier feature of the preserve. Formerly a limestone quarry, the lake was formed when high floodwaters breached the banks of Big Rock and Welch Creeks in 1996, sending torrents of water into the quarry. The result of this flood event was a 32-acre lake, complete with fish and invertebrates that were swept in with the floodwaters. Subsequent fish habitat projects have been undertaken, and the lake supports a diversity of fish and aquatic wildlife. 

Big Rock Creek, rated one of the best quality streams in Illinois, is home to freshwater mussels — indicators of high-quality habitat.

High sandy bluffs overlook patches of woodlands and prairies in the preserve, and a specialized wetland called a fen is fed by underground seeps on the southeastern portion of the preserve. 

Open Dates

Year-round, conditions permitting.

Limestone Lake Loop Trail remains open to equestrians even in wet conditions.

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Distance and Terrain
10.0 miles

Primarily mowed grass.  Limited limestone screening and asphalt trails. Shared use with hikers, dog walkers, and bicycles.

Camping
Yes.

Spaces:  4 Spaces, including 1 handicap accessible

Cost: Kane County residents: $15/day,  Nonresidents: $25/day

Amenities: water, electric, sanitary dump, primitive toilets, firewood for sale

Reservations:

Camp sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis; reservations are not taken.

Big Rock Campground only accepts cash and checks for payment. Credit cards are not accepted. Check-out is at 2 p.m., each day.

Big Rock Camping Brochure

Parking

Designated horse trailer parking.

Trail Map