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132 mi 212 km of trail 4 Featured Hikes

Gems 3 Gems Easy Trails 51 Trails Intermediate Trails 15 Trails Hard Trails 0 Trails
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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

Featured Hikes in Northwestern Illinois - 4

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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 The Rock River Recreation Path crosses Riverside Bridge.
Easy/Intermediate

Rock River Recreation Path

9.9 mi 16.0 km • Point to Point • 149 ft Ascent 45.43 m Ascent

(1) Rockford, IL
Favorite Woods give way to grassland
Intermediate

Coral Woods Perimeter

1.8 mi 2.9 km • Loop • 81 ft Ascent 24.71 m Ascent

(1) Marengo, IL

Trails in Northwestern Illinois - 62

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1.6 mi 2.5 km #1South System Loop
Easy/Intermediate
Hampton, IL
Easy/Intermediate
1.6 mi 2.5 km Hampton, IL
0.4 mi 0.6 km #2North System Descent
Intermediate
Hampton, IL
Intermediate
0.4 mi 0.6 km Hampton, IL
0.3 mi 0.4 km #3South System Descent
Intermediate
Hampton, IL
Intermediate
0.3 mi 0.4 km Hampton, IL
63.2 mi 101.8 km #4I & M Canal Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Rockdale, IL
Easy/Intermediate
63.2 mi 101.8 km Rockdale, IL
0.6 mi 1.0 km #5Interior Canyon Trail - LaSalle Canyon
Easy/Intermediate
Deer Park, IL
Easy/Intermediate
0.6 mi 1.0 km Deer Park, IL
0.2 mi 0.4 km #6Interior Canyon Trail - St. Louis Canyon
Easy
Deer Park, IL
Easy
0.2 mi 0.4 km Deer Park, IL
1.8 mi 3.0 km #7River Trail
Easy
Deer Park, IL
Easy
1.8 mi 3.0 km Deer Park, IL
0.6 mi 1.0 km #8Interior Canyon Trail - Illinois Canyon
Easy/Intermediate
Deer Park, IL
Easy/Intermediate
0.6 mi 1.0 km Deer Park, IL
2.5 mi 4.0 km #9Bluff Trail - West
Easy/Intermediate
Deer Park, IL
Easy/Intermediate
2.5 mi 4.0 km Deer Park, IL
0.7 mi 1.1 km #10River Route Nature Trail
Difficult
Warren, IL
Difficult
0.7 mi 1.1 km Warren, IL
0.3 mi 0.5 km #11Interior Canyon Trail - French Canyon
Easy
Deer Park, IL
Easy
0.3 mi 0.5 km Deer Park, IL
3.4 mi 5.5 km #12Galena River Trail
Easy
Galena, IL
Easy
3.4 mi 5.5 km Galena, IL
0.8 mi 1.2 km #13Sentinel Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Savanna, IL
Easy/Intermediate
0.8 mi 1.2 km Savanna, IL
1.4 mi 2.2 km #14Casper Bluff North Loop
Easy/Intermediate
Galena, IL
Easy/Intermediate
1.4 mi 2.2 km Galena, IL
5.9 mi 9.5 km #15Rush Creek Horse Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Harvard, IL
Easy/Intermediate
5.9 mi 9.5 km Harvard, IL
0.3 mi 0.6 km #16Galena View Trail
Easy
Galena, IL
Easy
0.3 mi 0.6 km Galena, IL
2.3 mi 3.7 km #17Kishwaukee River Recreation Path
Intermediate
Cherry Valley, IL
Intermediate
2.3 mi 3.7 km Cherry Valley, IL
1.6 mi 2.6 km #18Rock River Recreation Path: Rockford YMCA to Illinois Street Park
Easy
Rockford, IL
Easy
1.6 mi 2.6 km Rockford, IL
0.1 mi 0.1 km #19Interior Canyon Trail - Tonty Canyon
Easy/Intermediate
Deer Park, IL
Easy/Intermediate
0.1 mi 0.1 km Deer Park, IL
0.2 mi 0.3 km #20Cooke Overlook Trail
Easy
Galena, IL
Easy
0.2 mi 0.3 km Galena, IL

Photos of Northwestern Illinois - 82

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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
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
French Canyon.
Jun 13, 2016 near Deer Park, IL
Waterfall leading down the canyon.
Jun 13, 2016 near Deer Park, IL
Switchbacks a the end of the North Loop decent.
Jul 19, 2019 near Hampton, IL
Deep ravine scenery on the South Loop at Illiniwek.
Jul 19, 2019 near Hampton, IL
The Council Ring is the perfect place to spend a summer day.
Feb 15, 2017 near Galena, IL

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