New hiking and biking opportunities are springing up all over Fulton County. Lewistown offers both. Liverpool’s levee top trail provides a walking loop with river views. Nature trails can be found at the Spoon River College Arboretum and at the Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge, where the Frank C. Bellrose trail follows the Spoon River and returns through bottomland forest.
A short walking trail, bird watching, and interpretive exhibits are available at the Nature Conservancy’s Emiquon Preserve Visitor Use area. The levees at Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge are also open to wildlife watchers traveling by foot or bicycle, outside of waterfowl hunting season. The same is true for the network of roadways at Banner Marsh State Fish and Wildlife Area.
The Canton Park District offers a paved walking loop at Wallace Park and over 5 miles of paved walking and biking trail at Lakeland Park. The district’s Big Creek Park provides a more primitive forest walk.