Explore the most popular 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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Beautiful park, but could use some better signage to direct visitors to the various canyons and bluffs.

Pro tip: St. Louis Canyon has the best waterfall. The actual starved rock is a little anticlimactic.

Only hiked a few miles on easy terrain. Good easy hike with plenty of markings.

Hiked in 1.5 miles from cedar lake trailhead then back. (3 total). Trail was not groomed but still easy to follow. Very wooded. Bugs were not bad. No others hikers or bikers were there on a cool Oct afternoon.

23 hours ago

Awesome trail! Great mix on clear path and then forging up and done a trickling streams rock bottom. Rock had steps carved in to it to help with footing but the hike was still challenging. It was a GREAT hike!!

I greatly enjoy a time of quiet and natural reflection. excellent trail and a lot to see if you are quiet and alert.

3 days ago

excellent place for families

5 days ago

Easy trail past sheltered bluff.

5 days ago

The least of the trails at Bell Smith, but does have some nice scenic areas along the creek. I hiked counterclockwise.

5 days ago

Question -- where does one park a vehicle for this hike?


This trail was Aussome!! We loved it!! The dogs loved the easy access to the water and I loved the nice paths!! Very easy for someone with a dead leg and MS to walk comfortably!!!

Very pretty. Nice neighborhood. Had a hard time finding it at first. Had to pull out the map on my phone to make it a complete loop back to my car.

Moderate ride. Lovely view. Very peaceful. A bit humid. Lots of pretty birds and a beautiful sunset view.

Trails are horribly marked.. we spent hours going in circles trying to figure out which way to go..

A great place for a day hike.

a Little confusion, partly a mowed path through the woods but more of a walk along a road.

This nature preserve had some pretty scenery, but even coated with bug spray head-to-toe and with multiple reapplications, I ended up with 48 mosquitos bites (but who’s counting?!). Seriously—it’s a very buggy, swampy hike. There was a constant buzzing / whirring sound in the distance—maybe farm equipment? We also heard numerous gunshots nearby. There were some trail markers, but without a phone/gps, we would have been pretty lost; even with it, we veered off course onto private property numerous times. Also note that Apple Maps directed us way off course and into the swamp (the AllTrails map to the trailhead is correct, however, so use that one!). This was probably my least favorite hike in the STL area.

6 days ago

trails are fine but not too exciting. large chunks of the trail are through parking lots, playgrounds, or picnic areas. trails were very muddy but we'll maintained. lacks view points or points of interest, just a walk around the lake. good for what it is but probably won't be back.

took 2 hours with kids, seemed a little longer than 3.6 miles. not sure how they measured all the counters of the lake.

I like this trail because it offers lots of shade from the oaks, and its easy to navigate and finish, even for older people, or for those days when you just want a quick walk in nature.

loved it

We took our kids hiking here and Big Rock Trail was perfect (4yo and 7yo). Easy and fun hike!

Park doesn't acknowledge the trail even exists. Hard to find, unmaintained.

Site of an ancient Indian village, interesting for the history. Nice general hike.

7 days ago

Short hike to a small cave in the bluff. Simple but average.

Beautiful valley, rock formations, Nice natural bridge. Easy hike.

Revisited and camped out at Red Bud Campground, redid this and other hikes. Destination area.

Very nice scenic area. Destination hike, Do Indian Point trail which is just down the road.

Trail is very well laid out. No special scenic areas, just a nice walk through old growth forest.

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