Gold Mine Trail

Mackinaw, IL
Length: 2.50 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

[Total: 1    Average: 5/5]

The trail is located in the Mackinaw River State Fish and Wildlife Area. It is a roughly 2.5 miles long loop. The trails is mostly flat with a few inclines, but nothing a novice can’t do. The trail is about 3 people wide and very well maintained. Partially grassy and partially dirt. Please be aware of hunting seasons.



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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 125 ft.
Stroller friendly Yes
Stroller terrain All Terrain
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms Yes
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Wildlife Viewing

You walk past the sunflower dove fields at the beginning of the trail. The rest of the trail is mostly wooded and at one point in borders a creek a little ways.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Parking is at the end of Nelson Road. It is a dead end.

Trail Contributor

[Total: 1    Average: 5/5]

Hike it Baby Trail Guide is managed by the Family Trail Guide team. If a trail has been “abandoned” by the initial owner, it gets adopted by the team. Also, if there are no trails in the area, the Family Trail Guide team researches trails that are family friendly in the area to insure that hikes cover all areas where Hike it Baby hikes.


Trail Map

Getting There


Route 9 to Boston School Road. Turn right onto Lowery Road and left onto Nelson Road. Parking is at the end of Nelson Road.