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1,332 mi 2,143 km of trail 32 Featured Hikes

Gems 8 Gems Easy Trails 479 Trails Intermediate Trails 83 Trails Hard Trails 5 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

Featured Hikes in Illinois - 31

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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 • Loop • 1,652 ft Ascent 503.43 m Ascent

(1) Chicago, IL
Favorite LaSalle Canyon Waterfall.
Intermediate

Starved Rock Loop

5.1 mi 8.1 km • Loop • 493 ft Ascent 150.12 m Ascent

(24) Deer Park, IL
Favorite A short stop to enjoy the view.
Intermediate

Matthiessen State Park Loop

2.7 mi 4.4 km • Loop • 164 ft Ascent 49.97 m Ascent

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

River To River Trail: Garden of the Gods Wilderness Section

5.4 mi 8.7 km • Point to Point • 516 ft Ascent 157.15 m Ascent

(8) 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 • Loop • 259 ft Ascent 78.82 m Ascent

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

Chicago Lakefront Trail

18.4 mi 29.6 km • Point to Point • 154 ft Ascent 47.07 m Ascent

(8) Lincoln…, IL
Favorite Oak trees begin to leaf out in a well-managed oak woodland. With plenty of sunlight, the spring wildflowers are abundant.
Easy/Intermediate

Sag Valley Main Trail

8.5 mi 13.6 km • Loop • 364 ft Ascent 110.8 m Ascent

(17) Palos Park, IL

Trails in Illinois - 533

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1.3 mi 2.1 km #1Trillium Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Carbondale, IL
Intermediate/Difficult
1.3 mi 2.1 km Carbondale, IL
1.9 mi 3.0 km #2Salt Lick Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Valmeyer, IL
Intermediate/Difficult
1.9 mi 3.0 km Valmeyer, IL
0.3 mi 0.5 km #3Merrill Woods Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Hanna City, IL
Easy/Intermediate
0.3 mi 0.5 km Hanna City, IL
3.9 mi 6.2 km #4Stonehouse Trail (Black Trail)
Intermediate
Palos Hills, IL
Intermediate
3.9 mi 6.2 km Palos Hills, IL
14.0 mi 22.5 km #5Mississippi River Greenway: North Riverfront Trail
Easy/Intermediate
St. Louis, MO
Easy/Intermediate
14.0 mi 22.5 km St. Louis, MO
1.8 mi 2.9 km #6Trail #481
Intermediate
Carrier Mills, IL
Intermediate
1.8 mi 2.9 km Carrier Mills, IL
4.7 mi 7.6 km #7Mississippi River Trail
Easy
Oakville, MO
Easy
4.7 mi 7.6 km Oakville, MO
0.7 mi 1.1 km #8Indian Creek Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Cobden, IL
Intermediate/Difficult
0.7 mi 1.1 km Cobden, IL
0.9 mi 1.4 km #9River Bluff Trail
Intermediate
Oakville, MO
Intermediate
0.9 mi 1.4 km Oakville, MO
3.6 mi 5.8 km #10Trail 7
Intermediate
Metamora, IL
Intermediate
3.6 mi 5.8 km Metamora, IL
2.9 mi 4.7 km #11Red Loop
Easy
Kildeer, IL
Easy
2.9 mi 4.7 km Kildeer, IL
2.9 mi 4.7 km #12Floodplain Trail
Easy
Hanna City, IL
Easy
2.9 mi 4.7 km Hanna City, IL
2.2 mi 3.6 km #13South Loop Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Paxton, IL
Easy/Intermediate
2.2 mi 3.6 km Paxton, IL
2.3 mi 3.8 km #14Rat Trail
Difficult
Macomb, IL
Difficult
2.3 mi 3.8 km Macomb, IL
0.1 mi 0.2 km #15Eagle Ridge
Intermediate
East Peoria, IL
Intermediate
0.1 mi 0.2 km East Peoria, IL
1.2 mi 2.0 km #16Black Trail
Easy
Kildeer, IL
Easy
1.2 mi 2.0 km Kildeer, IL
1.2 mi 2.0 km #17Outer Loop
Intermediate
Ingalls Park, IL
Intermediate
1.2 mi 2.0 km Ingalls Park, IL
3.3 mi 5.3 km #18Trail B
Intermediate/Difficult
Marshall, IL
Intermediate/Difficult
3.3 mi 5.3 km Marshall, IL
2.4 mi 3.9 km #19Fox Trail
Intermediate
Macomb, IL
Intermediate
2.4 mi 3.9 km Macomb, IL
2.9 mi 4.6 km #20Trail C
Intermediate
Marshall, IL
Intermediate
2.9 mi 4.6 km Marshall, IL

Photos of Illinois - 348

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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
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
Viewpoint and suitable backpacking campsite off the River to River trail. (Very close to trail, unfortunately).
Oct 10, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL
Dinner and a view at Buzzard Point.
Oct 10, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL

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