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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trail running


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wild flowers



mountain biking

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wheelchair friendly

cross country skiing

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historic site

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Illinois Map
3 days ago

One of the more difficult trails in the area due to its steepness, which is what has always intrigued me about it. Saw some fresh bobcat tracks in the snow.

World Heritage Site. Must see

Excellent course. Tough hills, single track, and heated bathrooms. 3.5 mile loops and excellent terrain!

Hidden gem. Decent Lakeshore walk that is always almost empty - quiet, peaceful breeze even on a busy holiday weekend.

10 days ago

One of the first days above 30 degrees in a while! My dog & I went but it was very snowy and there was a lot of horse and dog poop... so just be careful while walking. Easy trail, not very marked so remember which way you are headed.

one of my favorites In the area....

Beautiful, small enough for a quick hike and has a very nice sugar maple system. Beautiful and serene in all seasons!

Very nice walking and jogging

14 days ago

The scenery is not great probably because of the season - there are barely trees with leaves on. The trail is not hard. It took us 40-50 minutes to finish it. There wasn’t much to see except for some frozen waterfalls. I think it’d be better to go when it gets warmer.

This trail was beautiful today with the waterfalls frozen! It was a bit dangerous in places where the boulders are covered in ice and slippery.

Short but cool for a nature walk. Saw some rock climbers, mushrooms, lots of debris from old rotted trees and some ferns . A lot of cool formations in the rocks. I like to go on top of the devil's standtable though.

19 days ago

I finally saw the waterfall! It was amazing and so cool, the water was really flowing that day and it was also freezing so there was ice and icicles everywhere. Definitely check it out, and if there is no fall, don't give up on it, keep going back to check on it because it is worth it.

19 days ago

Is it bad that I want to keep this spot all to myself? It has such an amazing overlook view and so many cool bluffs to explore around! Such a good spot!

Jackson Falls is better in my opinion. Burden is really easy to get to, with parking literally 10 feet away.

There are at least 2 ways down without rappelling. Look for the emergency kits. The ways down are near those. It’s really cool to be challenged to get to the base. Also we found a rock carving from 1861 right near the trail!

clean swiggity

Beautiful yet so many ticks!

23 days ago

It’s open!! This is a great little spot to explore. It’s scenic and historically significant.

Love it. Especially the herb garden in the summer.

trail running
25 days ago

Good trail with plenty of hills. I did not see any other human being during my run here. The trail is well maintained, and local Eagle Scouts have built some nice bridges. Intersections are marked by signs showing one where they are on the trail as well as mileage between various points.

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