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Best trails in Charleston

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Looking for a great trail near Charleston, Illinois? AllTrails has 7 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking 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 Fox Ridge State Park or Walnut Point State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Warbler Ridge Conservation Area or Mill Creek Lake and Park. Ready for some activity? There are 7 moderate trails in Charleston ranging from 1.6 to 11 miles and from 590 to 725 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 Charleston
Top trails (7)
#1 - Fox Ridge State Park Loop Trail
Fox Ridge State Park
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 14 m
Fox Ridge State Park Loop Trail is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Charleston, Illinois that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, Show more
#2 - Warbler Trail
Warbler Ridge Conservation Area
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 2 h 35 m
Warbler Trail is a 5.6 mile out and back trail located in the Warbler Ridge Conservation Area near Charleston, Illinois. The trail takes you mostly along the ridge lines through an upland forest whileShow more
#3 - Lake Charleston Loop
Lake Charleston Park
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 32 m
Lake Charleston Loop is a 3.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Charleston, Illinois that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity Show more
#4 - Acorn Avenue Trail
Fox Ridge State Park
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 51 m
Acorn Avenue Trail is a 1.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Charleston, Illinois that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity opShow more
#5 - Lake Charleston from Sister City
Charleston, Illinois
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 46 m
This is a partial map of the trails at lake charleston. it was too muddy to map all the trails that day. Show more
#6 - Cemetery Ridge and Warbler Trail
Warbler Ridge Conservation Area
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 1 h 37 m
Cemetery Ridge and Warbler Trail is a 4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Charleston, Illinois that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used Show more
#7 - Lincoln Trail: Charleston to Matton
Charleston, Illinois
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Length: 11 mi • Est. 4 h 31 m
Lincoln Trail: Charleston to Matton is a 11 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Charleston, Illinois. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, trail runnShow more