By Fuzzy Monkey
The County Line Conservation Area is one of the parks in the McHenry County Conservation District. Located in Marengo, IL. County Line Road Access Conservation Area or simply “County Line” consist of 74 acres.
County Line is geared more towards extremely short hikes and anglers. Because of its limited hiking opportunities, it’s also one park I’d least re-visit for hiking. The park is also more remote making it an effort to get to with little hiking rewards. I spent more time driving and locating the park than I did actually visiting the park.
There are several other parks much more suitable for hiking than County Line. It’s perfect it you are limited on time and just need a quick hiking fix or need a place out-of-the-way to recharge. Since the park bumps up next to the Kishwaukee River anglers will find it a nice quiet spot for fishing.
The park contains one single .3 mile hiking trail. This single trail leads anglers from the parking lot to the Kishwaukee River. The trail is actually a mowed winding path through the park. (See County Line Photo Album). There is not much else to report for this park. The hiking trail is flat and easy suitable for all ages and experience. The trail is mostly in open spaces, with very little shade. The only shade is under the trees near the river.
The main parking lot accommodates 15 vehicles.The park is open from sunrise to sunset. There is no shelter, no well water pump and no restrooms at this site so plan accordingly.
Fuzzy Monkey’s advise on hiking County Line Road Access
My visit to County Line was during the summer 2011 (June 20, 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 as there is none available at the park. The mosquitoes were 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.
If I had done it all over again, I’d wear light hiking pants even when its hot to keep the mosquitoes and ticks away. I did wear a sun hat which I’m very glad I did as it was nice and sunny the day I visited. I’d also recommend a pair of sunglasses. There is very little shade in the park. If you don’t plan on fishing, visiting County Line park will be quick as there is not much else to see and do.
I visited during the week and there was no one else at the park the entire time I hiked and filmed. If you are looking for peace and quiet this is the park for you. 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 hiking reviews and advise please visit Fuzzy Monkey’s McHenry County Hiking post.