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trail locations for Illinois

on Bell Smith Springs Trail

17 hours ago

I enjoyed this trail. Had to duck inside a cave to escape a few passing rainshowers but that was about it. Trail is marked well in some areas, not so well in others. If I had not missed the trail and "gone rogue" I never would have seen the family of river otters. That was a fun site indeed.
(hiked this in late March or early April of 2016)

on Salt Lick Point Trail

17 hours ago

Awesome view from the cliffs! Took my Phantom 3 and flew it from the point, it was pretty cool. Word of caution to those who would like to do the same, the winds are tricky and when they hit the cliff face they might send your quadcopter in a direction you do not want it to go. Like, straight into the cliff itself, luckily i dodged that bullet.
(This was back in late March early April of 2016)

hiking
2 days ago

I've been to this place before but have always found it a little boring. Not today! I found an unmarked trail that followed Poplar Creek off of the red trail. Hidden back from the paved trail I found so much natural beauty. Can't wait to go back and explore more of the unmarked trails in this preserve and the ones across 59. I've been warned many Pokémon weirdos hang out here but I was very happy not to run into them.

trail running
2 days ago

Not well kept up and hard to follow. Got my excessive but not my favorite.

on Silver Lake Boy Scout Trail

hiking
2 days ago

Very nice, well maintained (except where a tree decimated part of what looks like it used to be a seasonal bridge (when it floods). They have done well on this trail. Maybe in the future they can extend it around the whole lake!

road biking
2 days ago

hiking
2 days ago

Went to get some cool shots. Not really sure why i didn't "get into it" though. I did a very small amount of bouldering and what not. I guess I just wasn't sure of what i was expecting. I should have waited until the colors turned in the trees, would have been more spectacular i think. I also hit up another trail that was right down the road cannot remember the full name but i think the word "indian" was part if it, it was alright too i guess.

Overall i did like the historical aspect, and the vast sea of what is now trees instead of the blue was once water. That is going to look great in a few weeks time.

hiking
3 days ago

Well kept trail just over 2 miles. Great place to walk dogs. Wide pathways for bikes and walkers. Plenty of wildlife including deer and herons seen during sunset walk. Love forest preserve system.

Beautiful trail!

nature walks with toddlers are the best!

Great place to hike and camp. Our first time being there we didn't know what to expect. There were alot of day hikers as well as over night campers, we of course camped right in the middle. We had campers in and around our camp at all hours of the night trying to find their friends or a camp site. Next time we will go more off trail, but it made it interesting for sure! lol. Bring plenty of water. and we never found any water sources other than the stagnant pond on the way in, and not sure I would even want to filter that, unless I absolutely had too.

Wonderful place to walk. Trails well maintained. Plenty of wildlife and fauna to enjoy.

Awesome location with beautiful scenery, tons of canyons to explore and waterfalls to cool off in. 10/10 would hike again.

Paved bike/walking trail. Part of a much larger trail system that can continue for many miles or you can turn around at any point. Trail goes by some houses and roads but also through the woods. Very level trail, great for biking or walking. We've seen deer in the woods on this trail too. Open year round and they are pretty good about clearing it after snow too.

Paved bike/walking trail. Part of a much larger trail system that can continue for many miles or you can turn around at any point. Trail goes by some houses and roads but also through the woods. Very level trail, great for biking or walking. We've seen deer in the woods on this trail too. Open year round and they are pretty good about clearing it after snow too.

Paved bike/walking trail. Part of a much larger trail system that can continue for many miles or you can turn around at any point. Trail goes by some houses and roads but also through the woods. Very level trail, great for biking or walking. We've seen deer in the woods on this trail too. Open year round and they are pretty good about clearing it after snow too.

Paved bike/walking trail. Part of a much larger trail system that can continue for many miles or you can turn around at any point. Trail goes by some houses and roads but also through the woods. Very level trail, great for biking or walking. We've seen deer in the woods on this trail too. Open year round and they are pretty good about clearing it after snow too.

This trail runs perpendicular to several main roads in the area so you'll have to cross traffic every mile or so, but the in between parts are lovely. There's a stream near part of it, bridges and the back of houses. You'll meet people walking their dogs and biking on here often.