The Saline County State Fish & Wildlife Area is 1,270 acres with a 105 acre lake and four hiking trails. We drove here on a warm winter day to stretch our legs and those of our fine furry friend. Originally we picked the Cave Hill trail to walk, but after passing several families all asking “Do you know if there’s actually a cave back there? We walked way far back and no cave” decided to change directions. Plus, the Cave Hill trail was going through pure woods, which is sort of boring in the winter.
A statue for the Shawnee Chief Tecumseh is at the trailhead for Cave Hill
Although the map doesn’t show it, there is a trail that connects from the Cave Hill area down to the Lake trail. We walked this and then around by the lake for a while. The lake was beautiful on the sunny day. It was an easy hike and perfect for a relaxed family day.
For the record, after much internet searching, the second edition of Hiking Illinois said Cave Hill is a 3 mile linear trail ending in Cave Hill. I’m hoping to go back better prepared for a 6 mile round trip hike and find Cave Hill.