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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backpacking
3 days ago

For the first two miles my trekking pole was used as a machete to clear the unbelievable amount of spider webs at eye level. This trail used to merge with an equestrian trail, and even though it no longer does, some signage and blazes have not been updated and are very misleading. The trail features amazing rock formations and plenty of other views.

Great place to ride a bike or walk!

hiking
4 days ago

One of the best places in Illinois to mountain bike

This trail was well marked with red circles and hiking in the fall is the perfect time! I would totally recommend this as a great two day hike for anyone that enjoys different scenery every step you go. It was a hiking challenge but nothing dangerous and safe for children which is what I wanted.

Flat paved or gravel trail along a levee. Lots of wildlife but otherwise not too exciting. We didn't get to hike the most interesting part of the Confluence Trail which winds through woods - we will go back and do that. Parts were under water which meant we had to track back a few times. If you don't have enough time to hike all the way to the confluence, don't start at the visitor center - drive to a closer parking lot.

hiking
4 days ago

Trail need to be marked better and needs maintenance. Multiple time we questioned if we were still on the trail.

hiking
4 days ago

fishing
4 days ago

Wouldn't really call this a hike. More of a walk through a field on a sidewalk. Nice little pond at the end though.

walking
4 days ago

Hidden gem in Illinois. Well worth the time to explore this and other hikes at Garden of the Gods.