By Fuzzy Monkey
Photo Album – Stickney Run Conservation Area
Video Highlight – Stickney Run Conservation Area
The Stickney Run Conservation Area is one of the parks in the McHenry County Conservation District. Located in McHenry, IL. Stickney Run Conservation Area consist of 629 acres.
Stickney Run Conservation Area contains two .5 mile trails. Located in the town of McHenry this is a great park with lots to see. Hikers can enjoy The Mosgrove Cemetery trail and the Marsh Boardwalk trail.
The Mosgrove trail is .5 mile and leads hikers to an old gated cemetery. Along the way hikers pass an interpretative sign for a graminoid fen. Hikers will also enjoy the wooden bridge along this section of the park.
The Marsh Boardwalk trail is .5 mile and leads hikers to an overlook of the marsh. Along the way hikers pass an interpretative sign for woodland birds. Hikers are also rewarded on this section with a wooden overlook and resting area in the middle of some thick trees.
The terrain on both trails is gently rolling and easily suitable for all ages and experience. (See Stickney Run Photo Album). The trail mostly winds through the forest sections of the park. When visiting in the summer as I did the marsh is very thick and tall, which limits your view from the marsh overlook.
The main unpaved parking lot is very big and can accommodates 20+ vehicles. There is one Handicap vehicle spot that is not paved so visitors should be aware of the rocky driveway. Visitors should be aware of dust kicked up by cars on dry days. Stickney Run does have a restrooms, well water, shelter and grills. The park is open from sunrise to sunset.
Fuzzy Monkey’s advise on hiking Stickney Run Conservation Area
My visit to Stickney Run was during the summer 2011 (July 26, 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 well water but this tends to have a distinguished smell and taste that turns most people off.
I really enjoyed my Stickney Run visit and hike. Upon my arrival I saw a couple of blue herons but they were quickly spooked and disappeared quickly. There is fishing for anglers with benches and picnic tables. The large shelter has plenty of room for large gatherings.
I wore shorts, a button down cotton shirt, hiking shoes, hat, and socks. If I had done it all over again, I’d wear light hiking pants even when its hot to keep the sun off. I’d also recommend a pair of sunglasses
I visited during the week and did not see anyone else during my visit. Hikers 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 park reviews visit Fuzzy Monkey’s McHenry County Hiking post.