When Mormons settled in the Hancock County community of Commerce City in 1839, they changed its name to Nauvoo, a Hebrew word for "pleasant land." Today, nearby Nauvoo State Park continues to live up to the name, offering a timbered nature trail, a small prairie plot and a quiet fishing lake on its 148 acres. The 13-acre lake has a mile long shoreline that is convenient for fishing. The lake is a popular boating and swimming site. The park has an annual grape festival that attracts numerous visitors-- it is rich in the Nauvoo history. In addition to these exciting activities, Nauvoo State Park is also a popular place for camping and hiking.
The main hiking trail is called Locust Lane. It is 1.5 miles of some of the park's best features. You enjoy complete views of the lake and woods, also keep an eye out for a variety of birds. A small, but beautiful loop is also available for the handicapped. There are a few more small trail that connect the picnic area to the play ground area to the dam. And one that leads to Gilligan's Island on Lake Horton.
Trail length: 2 miles
Posted by TrailAPI on January 3, 2013
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