Explore the best trails in Illinois with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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I chose for stars because the trail is exactly as it is described. if you take the left Branch first you'll walk in a more exposed environment and finish in the lower Shady Trail. added a picture to show where to turn right when you take the left branch. if you continue without making that right turn you will come out to one of the many camping areas. there are restrooms at the camping area.##### 5 minutes later---- we just pulled about twenty ticks off of our shoes, legs and dog.

on Nelson Lake Loop

hiking
1 day ago

awesome trail!

hiking
1 day ago

Nice long walk with kids and dogs! Very beautiful ❤️

Great mini-Hike for older kids/family. Lots of small hills... best wearing hiking shoes for some traction.

road biking
1 day ago

Nice but not as scenic as we hoped