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Gems in Northwestern Illinois - 3

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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 The Mississippi River meanders in the distance on a beautiful fall day.

Cooke Overlook

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

Council Ring

(3) Galena, IL

Recommended Routes in Northwestern Illinois - 4

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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 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 The Rock River Recreation Path crosses Riverside Bridge.
Intermediate

Rock River Recreation Path

9.9 mi 16.0 km 149' Up 45.43 m Up 120' Down 36.68 m Down

Rockford, IL
Favorite Woods give way to grassland
Intermediate

Coral Woods Perimeter

1.8 mi 2.9 km 81' Up 24.71 m Up 86' Down 26.33 m Down

Marengo, IL

Northwestern Illinois Hiking

  • 216 Miles 348 Kilometers of Trail
  • 4 Recommended Routes
  • 3 Gems Gems
  • 54 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 36 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 1 Difficult Trail Difficult Trails
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Trails in Northwestern Illinois - 87

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1.6 mi 2.5 km #1South System Loop
Intermediate
Hampton, IL
Intermediate
Hampton, IL
0.4 mi 0.6 km #2North System Descent
Intermediate
Hampton, IL
Intermediate
Hampton, IL
0.3 mi 0.4 km #3South System Descent
Intermediate
Hampton, IL
Intermediate
Hampton, IL
63.2 mi 101.8 km #4I & M Canal Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Rockdale, IL
Easy/Intermediate
Rockdale, IL
0.6 mi 1.0 km #5Interior Canyon Trail - LaSalle Canyon
Easy/Intermediate
Deer Park, IL
Easy/Intermediate
Deer Park, IL
0.2 mi 0.4 km #6Interior Canyon Trail - St. Louis Canyon
Easy
Deer Park, IL
Easy
Deer Park, IL
1.8 mi 3.0 km #7River Trail
Easy
Deer Park, IL
Easy
Deer Park, IL
0.6 mi 1.0 km #8Interior Canyon Trail - Illinois Canyon
Intermediate
Deer Park, IL
Intermediate
Deer Park, IL
0.3 mi 0.5 km #9Interior Canyon Trail - French Canyon
Easy
Deer Park, IL
Easy
Deer Park, IL
2.3 mi 3.7 km #10Galena River Trail: Aiken Segment
Easy
Galena, IL
Easy
Galena, IL

Photos of Northwestern Illinois - 88

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A short stop to enjoy the view.
Sep 11, 2017 near Deer Park, IL
LaSalle Canyon Waterfall.
Jun 13, 2016 near Deer Park, IL
Switchbacks a the end of the North Loop decent.
Jul 19, 2019 near Hampton, IL
I lived 20 mins from this park until I was 19 years old. I never knew about it until I came back home when I was 30 years old. An overcast morning long exposure on the Canyon Trail.
Sep 11, 2017 near Deer Park, IL
Waterfall leading down the canyon.
Jun 13, 2016 near Deer Park, IL
French Canyon.
Jun 13, 2016 near Deer Park, IL
Bridge leading over a small creek.
Jun 13, 2016 near Deer Park, IL
Deep ravine scenery on the South Loop at Illiniwek.
Jul 19, 2019 near Hampton, IL