By Fuzzy Monkey
The Fox Bluff Conservation Area is one of the parks in the McHenry County Conservation District. Located in Cary, IL. The Fox Bluff Conservation Area consist of 279 acres.
Fox Bluff Conservation Area is geared more towards picnics and anglers. Fox Bluff is special to me in that it’s one of the first parks I decided to film and review. Because of its limited hiking opportunities, it’s also one of the least likely parks I’d re-visit for hiking. Fox Bluff is perfect it you are limited on time and just need a quick hiking fix.
The park contains .8 miles of hiking trail. Two separate trails, one paved leads anglers to the Fox River. The other .55 mile trail leads to the City of Carry water tower. The water tower trail is more lawn like and actually mowed grass with some dirt and mud on some of the more shaded regions of the trail. (See Fox Bluff Photo Album) Most of the trail meanders through forest and along the access road to the park. The .55 trail to the water tower does offer gentle rolling terrain which adds more effort to this otherwise short hike.
Other amenities at the Fox Bluff Conservation Area include a large grassy area with picnic tables and grills. The main shelter has room for 75. The main parking lot accommodates 55 vehicles.The park is open from sunrise to sunset.
Fuzzy Monkey’s advise on hiking the Fox Bluff Conservation Area
My visit to Fox Bluff was during the summer 2011 (June 2, 2011). I did not carry water with me during my hike. I had my water bottle in the car which was adequate. I recommend bringing your own water. If you forget, there is well water, but this tends to have a distinguished smell and taste which turns most people off. The mosquitoes were slightly annoying during my visit which I expected being close to a major water source. I recommend some form of bug repellant or dressing appropriately. I wore shorts, a button down cotton shirt, hiking shoes, socks and sun hat. I also carry an iPhone with the trails app installed to measure my distance and location. When approaching the entrance on Cold Springs Road, slow down when you get close to the water tower. The entrance is easy to pass up, If you are looking for peace and quiet, visit the park during the week rather than the weekend to avoid any crowds. Visitors can find a self guided map at the kiosk by the parking lot or download the map from the McHenry County Conservation District website. For more reviews of the parks in McHenry please visit my McHenry County hiking post.