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Connect sun-dappled woods, wildflower meadows, and limestone cliffs on this 4.1-miler that links three trails in the 1,071-acre Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area. This route begins on Wildlife Habitat Trail, a snaking, gravel and cinder path that tracks past a small pond and jagged, crumbly limestone bluffs. A small connector path at mile 1 leads to the Hickory Grove Trail, which meanders over several bridges and streambeds to Bethany Falls Trail.
Climb through young forest before continuing toward higher, more jagged bluffs after a viewing platform at mile 2.3. (These limestone overhangs sheltered Jesse James, his ammunition caches, and his loot.) Near the end of the loop, the trail skirts a field dotted with wildflowers before turning onto the park road and heading 1 mile east to the trailhead.
-Mapped by Casey Lyons