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Best trails in Illinois

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Trying to find the best Illinois trails? AllTrails has 857 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Chicago, Oglesby or Carbondale, we've got you covered. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 591 easy trails in Illinois ranging from 0.6 to 220 miles and from 334 to 1,223 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Illinois
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#1 - Little Grand Canyon Trail
Shawnee National Forest
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 31 m
There are a couple of places where you have to climb down into the canyon through the creek bed. It can be slippery and difficult when the creek is flowing. Must have good footwear for this trail. BeaShow more
#2 - Waterfall Glen Trail
Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve
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Length: 9.3 mi • Est. 4 h 1 m
Waterfall Glen Trail is a 9.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Willowbrook, Illinois that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity opShow more
#3 - Garden of the Gods Observation Trail
Garden of the Gods Recreation Area
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 14 m
Observation Trail is a 1/4-mile flagstone loop walk containing unique sandstone rock formations and panoramic views of the surrounding Garden of the God Wilderness. Show more
#4 - Salt Lick and Johnson Trail Loop
Salt Lick Trails Nature Reserve
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 28 m
Salt Lick Point Land and Water Reserve is a 600+ acre site owned by the Village of Valmeyer. The reserve protects fluff land forests, which provide a critical habitat for unique hill prairies and glaShow more
#5 - Starved Rock and Sandstone Point Overlook Trail
Starved Rock State Park
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 1 h 57 m
Starved Rock trail is a loop trail to the top of a rock outcropping overlooking the river valley and is known for its eagle viewing. The trail is paved and boardwalk with a lot of steps.Show more
#6 - Dells Canyon and Bluff Trail
Matthiessen State Park
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 57 m
Note: Sections of the trail may close periodically due to rain. Please consult the park's website before visiting.Show more
#7 - Jackson Falls Trail
Ozark, Illinois
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 46 m
Jackson Falls trail follows the top of the bluff (southeast) around to the "dog leg" where you can walk into the canyon. Rock Climbing and Bouldering are favorite activities. Rock climbing and bouldShow more
#8 - Fullersburg and Graue Mill Loop Trail
Fullersburg County Forest Preserve
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 24 m
Fullersburg and Graue Mill Loop Trail is a 3.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Oak Brook, Illinois that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of Show more
#9 - Sag Valley Yellow Trail Loop
Sag Valley Forest Preserve
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 3 h 20 m
Note: This trail can only be accessed from other trails. All entrances closed as of 5/6/2020. Show more
#10 - Indian Point Trail
Garden of the Gods Recreation Area
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 1 h
Indian Point trail works its way through pine forest transitioning to hardwood timber before reaching the crest of the hill overlooking the surrounding valley. From there you descend below the bluff lShow more
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