Thoughts from the Midwest that are of no particular value!
Friday, August 3, 2012
I have driven through Detweiller Park numerous times over the years. I have taken pictures of beautiful fall colors there and stopped at the playground when I had little kids, but I had never hiked any of the trails. "Back in the day", I wasn't doing any hiking. I printed out the map of the trails, but forgot to take it with me. I went on a fairly short hike, but there will be more to come. I am glad that trail maps are available on the Peoria Park District website.
Entering the park from Route 29, a visitor sees the Korean War Veteran's Memorial and the remnant of an ancient tree. From that point, I turned left to find the first of the trails I would walk. I started with the River Overlook trail. It is a short climb uphill that comes out on Detweiller Drive. I did not know that it picks up on the other side of the road and turned around. There was no view of the river on the part of the trail that I walked. Will have to give it another try!
I drove on down toward the sand volleyball court where Dry Run Trail and the Pimiteoui Trail begin. There are more trails to be explored and I am looking forward to the adventure.