Stephen A. Forbes State Park

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Park Rule: On Leash
Restroom: Yes
Park Size: Large
Small Dog Area: No
Fee: None
Description

Stephen A. Forbes State Park, also known as Stephen A. Forbes State Recreation Area, is the pawfect place to spend some quality time with your furry friend. This lovely recreational area is home to the beautiful Lake Forbes as well as groves of oak trees and vast hilly terrain. Your doggo will absolutely love the chance to explore this beautiful slice of nature.

Four legged park visitors are welcome to enjoy the park’s four trails. At 2.5 miles, Oak Ridge Trail is the longest hike in the park. For something shorter, opt for the half mile Marlow Pond Trail. If your pup is into spooky graveyards, follow the quarter mile Henneman Trail to an early settlement cemetery.  Phillips Creek Trail is also a quarter of a mile and has lake access. While you are out and about in the park, make sure to always have a clean up bag or two on hand and stoop and scoop so the park stays smelling fresh.

There’s no question that most folks come to the park for the 585 acre lake. The boat ramps and slips help boaters launch their watercrafts with ease. Land lovers prefer to relax at Rocky Point, an inviting sandy beach and the lake’s only designated swimming area. And anglers are drawn to the large populations of largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill, and crappie.

In addition to watersports, Stephen A. Forbes State Park has an open grass area, softball field, volleyball court, geocaches, and ample opportunity to bird watch. When lunch time rolls around, choose a spot in one of seven picnic areas and sit down for a bite to eat.  Primitive restrooms, tables, and grills can be found at each picnic site. A few rustic shelters are also available. The park’s Oak Ridge Campground offers varied accommodations for families looking to extend their vacation stay at this idyllic spot.

No bones about it, this park will make your pup’s tail wag!

Address
6924 Omega Road
Kinmundy, IL 62854
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Address
6924 Omega Road
Kinmundy, IL 62854
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset