Lowden-Miller State Forest

  • August 11, 2012 · 10:45 AM

We're going to hike about 10 miles in the Lowden-Miller State Forest. I have never been to this park before, so it is possible we may end up doing more miles than intended. I don't know what the terrain is like, so please bring a map of the park in case you need to shorten the hike.

Please note this park is about 2 hours west of Chicago.

"Nestled in the Rock River Valley, just 3 miles south of the town of Oregon, lies a 2,291-acre wooded area that is one of Ogle County's most beautiful and historic sites. Its scenic qualities come from 120-foot bluffs along 3.5 miles of riverfront forested with hardwood and pine trees"

Exact meeting location: Parking Lot #4: https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=203096848185013723820.0004c63b20d2270607192&msa=0&ll=41.961772,-89.360905&spn=0.008983,0.018947

What to Bring: At least 2 liters of water and a lunch to eat.

Waiver: Read this waiver. By attending this hike you and your guests agree to the terms and conditions of the waiver.

Carpooling: Please use the comments section to offer or request rides from the general group.

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  • Zak

    Was a great adventure. Was wonderful to visit Lowden Miller State park. The sunset was great

    August 13, 2012

  • Michael

    Very nice park, a hidden gem. I wish I could have stayed for the 2nd half, but my ride had to be somewhere.

    August 12, 2012

  • Linda C

    I'm surprised this park isn't more popular. The woods are beautiful. Very nice hike with nice people.

    August 12, 2012

  • Laurie

    This group always has great hikes. This was no exception. Thanks, Linda, as always fun to explore with you. Great time with wonderful company.

    August 12, 2012

  • Nina

    Great place!!!!!Let go there in fall!

    August 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Woo hoo! Can't wait to hike!

    August 9, 2012

  • Zak

    Have hiked and canoed in the area several times

    August 8, 2012

  • Vivek

    Got a spot so if anyone wants to carpool, email me.

    August 6, 2012

  • Vivek

    i am driving from Northside if anyone wants to join have space for three more pl email me. Hopefully, will get confirmed as am waitlisted at the moment.

    August 5, 2012

  • Joanne

    Not quite up to 10 mile hikes yet, but getting closer.
    I have been on the Lowden State Park trails. It is awesome as is White Pines in Oregon.
    Have Fun!!

    August 5, 2012

  • Shana

    I have room for 1 or 2 if you can get to Oak Park or somewhere close.

    August 5, 2012

  • Brian W

    I actually grew up in this area, sort of. I now split my time between Chicago (lakeview neighborhood) and the sauk valley area (this part of northwestern illinois where the park is) and I've always wanted to go hiking at this park but never got around to it. Unfortunately I got plans at Montrose Beach that weekend. sad face.

    I can however tell you there are a lot of great parks in that general area: in addition to the Lowden-Miller State Forest, there is the adjacent Lowden State Park, across the river is Castle Rock, and then my favorite Franklin Creek State Park (its hilly, rocky, and you have to walk through the crik multiple times). I hear White Pines is great too.

    http://www.dnr.state.il.us/lands/Landmgt/Programs/hiking/navreg1map.htm

    Wish I could come!

    1 · August 4, 2012

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