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Trails / Hiking

The Peoria Park District has many opportunities for walking, hiking, and biking (more than 50 miles of opportunities, in fact!). The paths and trails in the Park District range from paved, level walkways to rough, steep hiking trails.  There’s something for everyone!Click HERE for a District trail map… and Happy Trails To You!

Donovan Park


Phone: 309.682.6684
5805 North Knoxville Avenue
Peoria, IL

Donovan Park is a nature lover’s dream located in the heart of busy Peoria. Adjacent to the Peoria Park District Rock Island Greenway, the park is filled with open green space that welcomes walkers, runners and cross-country skiers (as weather allows, of course!).

Northmoor Observatory* is also located on the grounds.

Donovan Park Layout

AMENITIES

  • Cyd's Gourmet Kitchen
  • Fishing
  • Pets Welcome
  • Picnic Table(s)
  • Public Restroom(s)
  • Shelter(s)
  • Trails / Hiking

Forest Park Nature Center


Phone: 309.686.3360
5809 North Forest Park Drive
Peoria Heights, IL

Do you enjoy bird watching or hiking?  Forest Park Nature Center is for you!  Forest Park Nature Center offers seven miles of trails for hiking and nature enjoyment and is home to a gift shop that carries bird feeding and hiking necessities.  Interested in learning more about nature and all that it entails?  Forest Park Nature Center has classes for adults and children alike, covering topics from bats to bugs and everything in between.  Guided hiking tours are also available.

Forest Park Nature Center Layout


Franciscan Recreation Complex


Phone: 309.677.6705
908 North Sterling Avenue
West Peoria, Peoria

The Peoria Park District has your one-stop shop in West Peoria for recreation, fitness, and fun!  The Franciscan Recreation Complex not only has a full size gymnasium, meeting room with kitchenette, a dance studio, and plenty of outdoor sporting amenities, but also offers tons of great programs ranging from dance to yoga to pickleball open gyms.  The gymnasium also makes a great place for birthday parties!  Franciscan Recreation Complex has a 0.5 mile loop trail that is paved and fairly level.

Franciscan Recreation Complex Layout


Glen Oak Park


117 acres
Phone: 309.682.6684
2218 North Prospect Road
Peoria, IL

Make Glen Oak Park a daylong destination for you and your family! Packed with fun, the Park is home to Peoria Zoo, the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum, Luthy Botanical Garden, and Rotary Adventure Grove, Glen Oak Amphitheatre and Glen Park Lagoon. And that’s just the beginning of the fun you can have…The roads through Glen Oak Park also provide paved, but not so level hiking opportunities.

If you have questions about rentals at this park, please call 309-682-1200.

Glen Oak Park Layout

AMENITIES


Grand View Drive & Park


180 acres
Phone: 309.682.6684
3210 Grandview Drive
Peoria, IL

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Grand View Drive is a 2.52 mile meandering pleasure driveway constructed in 1903. The “world’s most beautiful drive,” as President Theodore Roosevelt referred to it in a visit to Peoria in 1910, offers visitors numerous panoramic scenic views of the Illinois River Valley and the chance to view many historic and remarkable homes lining it. The linear park is especially beautiful in autumn, with the ever-changing colors of fall leaves.  Grand View Drive has 1.75 miles of paved sidewalk for hiking.

Grand View Drive Layout

AMENITIES

  • Baseball Field(s)
  • Pets Welcome
  • Picnic Table(s)
  • Playground(s)
  • Public Restroom(s)
  • Sand Volleyball Courts
  • Shelter(s)
  • Trails / Hiking

John H. Gwynn Jr. Park


17 acres
Phone: 309.682.6684
809 W John H Gwynn Jr Ave
Peoria, IL

Located next to Carver Recreation Center in downtown Peoria, Gwynn Park is filled with fun for all seasons.

John H. Gwynn Jr. Park Layout

AMENITIES

  • Baseball Field(s)
  • Basketball Court(s)
  • Pets Welcome
  • Picnic Table(s)
  • Playground(s)
  • Public Restroom(s)
  • Sand Volleyball Courts
  • Shelter(s)
  • Soccer Field(s)
  • Swimming
  • Trails / Hiking

Logan Recreation Center


Phone: 309.676.8179
1414 South Livingston Street
Peoria, IL

If you are looking for a great space for you or your family to spend some time on the South Side of Peoria, head over to the Logan Recreation Center!  The Logan Recreation Center has a slew of outdoor activity areas including three outdoor lighted basketball courts, a soccer field, a kickball area, picnic areas, a water playground, and more!  The inside of the Rec Center is filled with great space including a lounge with computer access available and a multi-purpose recreation room.  Logan Recreation Center also has after-school programs that offer homework help and many fun sporting and recreational activities!

Logan Park Layout


Martin Luther King Jr Park


7 acres
Phone: 309.682.6684
825 West Mc Bean Street
Peoria, IL

This park is small but mighty… check out its firehouse-inspired playground!

Martin Luther King Jr. Park Layout

AMENITIES

  • Basketball Court(s)
  • Pets Welcome
  • Picnic Table(s)
  • Playground(s)
  • Public Restroom(s)
  • Shelter(s)
  • Trails / Hiking

Peoria RiverFront


Phone: 309.689.3019
200 Northeast Water Street
Peoria, IL

The Peoria RiverFront really does have something for everyone, especially during the summer season!  The Peoria Park District is excited that the RiverFront has become a prime location for outdoor concerts, festivals, and gatherings.  Come explore one of the many cultural festivals held on the Riverfront, from Mardi Gras in May to Soul Fest to Erin Feis!  Whatever fits your fancy, the RiverFront is sure to have something fun for you and your family or friends this summer.

RiverFront Park Layout

 

AMENITIES

  • Amphitheater
  • Food
  • Picnic Table(s)
  • Public Restrooms
  • Rentals
  • Special Events
  • Trails / Hiking
  • Weddings

Robinson Park


675 acres
Phone: 309.682.6684
400 West Mossville Road
Peoria, IL

Narrow, informal paths lace the site, along with a substantial segment of the better-developed Illinois River Bluff Trail. For the ecologically-oriented visitor, the most intriguing component of Robinson Park is its 151-acre nature preserve, which consists of glacial drift hill prairies, and oak woodlands along the ridges and valleys.  If you have questions about rentals at this park, please call 309-682-1200.

Robinson Park Layout

AMENITIES

  • Pets Welcome
  • Picnic Table(s)
  • Public Restroom(s)
  • Rentals
  • Shelter(s)
  • Trails / Hiking