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at Iliniwek Village State Historic Site

Oxbow Trail

  • Hiking

Length: 1.25 Miles View map

This trail starts off on gravel in level terrain. At the crest of a small bluff, where the trail starts to descend, you will find the remains of a long house typical of the style the Illinois Tribe used at the time of the Marquette and Joliet Expedition. The trail surface changes at the bottom of the bluff from gravel to sand. At the base of the bluff, you will come to a small oxbow lake cut off from the old Des Moines River channel where a variety of native plants can be seen. Ducks, turtles, muskrats and many other amphibious animals can be seen on this section of trail. Along the oxbow lake are some small wooded areas where ash, cherry, hickory and cottonwood are the predominant trees. During the time of Indian inhabitance, very few trees would have been found at this site. Once you leave the lake portion, you rise to find a sand prairie with mixed grasses and sedges.  Halfway across the open sand prairie is an example of an Illinois round house, again in the style found on the site during the Illinois occupation.

Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
1.25 Miles 40 minutes Loop Red