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1,451 mi 2,336 km of trail 33 Recommended Routes

Gems 8 Gems Easy Trails 423 Trails Intermediate Trails 157 Trails Hard Trails 18 Trails
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Gems in Illinois - 8

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gem Favorite Thunderbird Effigy Mound was constructed by Native Americans 1000 years ago, with over a 200 foot wingspan!

Thunderbird Effigy Mound

(1) Galena, IL
gem Favorite View of Burden Falls looking into breakdown.

Burden Falls

(3) Carrier…, IL
gem Favorite The Mississippi River meanders in the distance on a beautiful fall day.

Cooke Overlook

(3) Galena, IL
gem Favorite Stamina!

Indian Kitchen

(2) Golconda, IL
gem Favorite The Council Ring is the perfect place to spend a summer day.

Council Ring

(3) Galena, IL
gem Favorite Taking a break in Saltpeter Cave.

Saltpeter Cave

(2) Harrisburg, IL
gem Favorite Just a walk through Lusk Wilderness

Secret Canyon

(2) Harrisburg, IL
gem Favorite Natural Bridge

Natural Bridge

(2) Harrisburg, IL

Recommended Routes in Illinois - 32

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Favorite The trail is full of life and diversity.
Easy/Intermediate

The Chicago Outerbelt Route

208.3 mi 335.3 km 1,652' Up 503.43 m Up 1,651' Down 503.37 m Down

Chicago, IL
Favorite LaSalle Canyon Waterfall.
Intermediate

Starved Rock Loop

5.1 mi 8.1 km 493' Up 150.12 m Up 492' Down 149.9 m Down

Deer Park, IL
Favorite Oak trees begin to leaf out in a well-managed oak woodland. With plenty of sunlight, the spring wildflowers are abundant.
Intermediate

Sag Valley Main Trail

8.5 mi 13.6 km 364' Up 110.8 m Up 364' Down 111.01 m Down

Palos Park, IL
Favorite A short stop to enjoy the view.
Intermediate

Matthiessen State Park Loop

2.7 mi 4.4 km 164' Up 49.97 m Up 168' Down 51.09 m Down

Deer Park, IL
Favorite Viewpoint and suitable backpacking campsite off the River to River trail. (Very close to trail, unfortunately).
Intermediate/Difficult

River To River Trail: Garden of the Gods Wilderness Section

5.4 mi 8.7 km 516' Up 157.15 m Up 654' Down 199.24 m Down

Rosiclare, IL
Favorite An algae covered pond along the Waterfall Glen Main Trail.
Easy/Intermediate

Waterfall Glen Main Trail

9.7 mi 15.6 km 259' Up 78.82 m Up 259' Down 78.83 m Down

Darien, IL
Favorite Watching the Chicago Air and Water show from the Lakefront. Near Diversey Ave looking south.
Easy/Intermediate

Chicago Lakefront Trail

18.4 mi 29.6 km 154' Up 47.07 m Up 150' Down 45.69 m Down

Lincoln…, IL
Favorite Blue Trail in the fall.
Intermediate/Difficult

Bullfrog Loop

7.4 mi 11.8 km 625' Up 190.36 m Up 624' Down 190.16 m Down

Willow…, IL

Trails in Illinois - 563

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3.0 mi 4.9 km #1Little Grand Canyon Loop
Intermediate/Difficult
Murphysboro, IL
Intermediate/Difficult
Murphysboro, IL 16 
1.9 mi 3.0 km #2Salt Lick Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Valmeyer, IL
Intermediate/Difficult
Valmeyer, IL
1.3 mi 2.1 km #3Trillium Trail
Difficult
Carbondale, IL
Difficult
Carbondale, IL
14.0 mi 22.5 km #4Mississippi River Greenway: North Riverfront Trail
Easy/Intermediate
St. Louis, MO
Easy/Intermediate
St. Louis, MO
0.7 mi 1.1 km #5Indian Creek Trail
Difficult
Cobden, IL
Difficult
Cobden, IL
0.3 mi 0.5 km #6Merrill Woods Trail
Intermediate
Hanna City, IL
Intermediate
Hanna City, IL
2.0 mi 3.2 km #7Lyons Woods To Waukegan Savanna Trail
Easy
Beach Park, IL
Easy
Beach Park, IL
3.3 mi 5.3 km #8Trail B
Difficult
Marshall, IL
Difficult
Marshall, IL
0.7 mi 1.1 km #9Prairie Wolf Forest Preserve Trail
Easy
Bannockburn, IL
Easy
Bannockburn, IL
0.9 mi 1.4 km #10River Bluff Trail
Intermediate
Oakville, MO
Intermediate
Oakville, MO
1.7 mi 2.7 km #11State Farm Lake Trail
Easy
Bloomington, IL
Easy
Bloomington, IL
0.8 mi 1.3 km #12Nippersink Forest Preserve Trail
Easy
Round Lake, IL
Easy
Round Lake, IL
3.1 mi 5.0 km #13Rollins Savanna Forest Preserve Trail
Easy
Third Lake, IL
Easy
Third Lake, IL
0.5 mi 0.8 km #14Observation Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Rosiclare, IL
Easy/Intermediate
Rosiclare, IL 13 
3.6 mi 5.8 km #15Trail 7
Intermediate
Metamora, IL
Intermediate
Metamora, IL
2.1 mi 3.3 km #16Hastings Lake Blue Loop Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Lindenhurst, IL
Easy/Intermediate
Lindenhurst, IL
2.9 mi 4.7 km #17Red Loop
Easy
Kildeer, IL
Easy
Kildeer, IL
2.9 mi 4.7 km #18Floodplain Trail
Easy
Hanna City, IL
Easy
Hanna City, IL
0.5 mi 0.9 km #19Half Day Forest Preserve Trail
Easy
Lincolnshire, IL
Easy
Lincolnshire, IL
2.3 mi 3.8 km #20Waukegan Savanna Forest Preserve Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Wadsworth, IL
Easy/Intermediate
Wadsworth, IL

Photos of Illinois - 380

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Cooking dinner and taking in the view at sunset at Buzzard Point.
Oct 10, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL
Natural arch along river to river trail just below the Pharaoh Campground.
Oct 10, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL
Viewpoint and suitable backpacking campsite off the River to River trail. (Very close to trail, unfortunately).
Oct 10, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL
Another one of the vista points off the Garden of the Gods observation trail looking out on what was once an inland sea.
Oct 10, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL
Looking out into the Garden of the Gods wilderness area.
Oct 10, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL
The slick scramble down from the ridge into the canyon.
Oct 10, 2016 near Murphys…, IL
A short stop to enjoy the view.
Sep 11, 2017 near Deer Park, IL
Dinner and a view at Buzzard Point.
Oct 10, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL