Best Trails in Illinois

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on Starved Rock Trail
20 hours ago

hiking

Did the whole thing today, from Visitors Center to Illinois Canyon and everything in-between. So many great sights and one heck of an adventure. Was all really well kept trails until around Hennepin - is much less traveled until ottawa canyon... lots of spiderwebs to run into :). Then the path to Illinois Canyon was really overgrown and muddy. Other than that it was amazing and recommend it.

on Johnson Trail
23 hours ago

hiking

Nice add on for the other trail systems

on Salt Lick Point Trail
23 hours ago

hiking

Great views, fairly challenging initial ascent

on Black Partridge Park
1 day ago

hiking

Great workout and beautiful scenery, what more could you ask for in a hike.

On a side note make sure you wear/bring bug spray, the deeper in the woods the more bugs there are.

on Palos Trail
1 day ago

hiking

I took the orange route - a bit buggy and some areas mushy/muddy after rain but beautiful sites and great for hiking! lots of small trails you have to share with bikers so be sure not to wear headphones. there's lots of hills so you'll be able to hear them coming before you see them.

on Saw Wee Kee Trail
1 day ago

hiking

great trails. not much heavy traffic. 4 year old loved it. wear the right shoes pretty rocky for this area in IL.

on Atwood Loop
1 day ago

hiking

Easy trail, with a lot of wildlife.

on Saw Wee Kee Trail
2 days ago

hiking

I have hiked sort of casually in the past and this summer did the longer option at Starved Rock and some local other trails....this one we went to because of the "moderate to high" difficulty. It made all other trails look like a cake walk. The workout difficulty was great---nice and painful-- possibility of danger made it more fun. We did not anticipate the mosquitoes (see...hiking nube) so I didnt bring bug spray. We could not stop to catch our breath for more than 20-30 seconds without being attacked so we had to keep moving pretty fast. We sort of jogged up the hills and were careful coming down---cause in this place if you get hurt...you are screwed. If it weren't for the darn flying boodsuckers, this was a fantastic beautiful forest hike. I'll go in the cooler months or with a bath in deet next time.

on Skokie Lagoon Trail
2 days ago

hiking

Walked around the south lagoons. The area is great for biking and kayaking, not so much for hiking. The main walking path that runs alongside the paved bike trail is wide and well maintained. However, the paths leading to the fishing spots surrounding the lagoons are littered with trash and broken glass. Also, the highway noise on the west side of the lagoons is a bit distracting and takes away from the experience.

on The Loop - Chicago
2 days ago

walking

A nice walk in downtown, people, buildings

on Magnificent Mile and Navy...
2 days ago

walking

Another good urban trail, love walking in the city

on Museum and Lakefront Walk...
2 days ago

walking

An urban trail, nice views of the lake and the museum grounds