This is the place to enjoy your picnic lunch. Once you pass New Paltz Road, the trail enters the Black Creek Wetlands Complex. The rail bed at Black Creekcrossing is approximately 20 feet above the valley, providing an extraordinary vista of Illinois Mountain.
Fishing is welcome. Black Creek is a Class A protected trout stream and accessible
via the stairs to the creek.
From the trail, look across at Illinois Mountain to see the original rail bed from the
19th century. If you're feeling adventurous, head back up the trail and scramble down the embankment, following the old rail bed out into the bog for an exceptional view of the trail, the creek, and Illinois Mountain.