Explore the most popular fishing 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.

walking
3 days ago

Didn't walk the full trail but this is an amazing way to get around outside of the city streets if you don't mind walking.

Nice trail , short if you are a long distance runner , I had to go around twice to get 4 miles, but is a super nice place for a nice walk , the lake to the right of the parking is beautiful with lots of trees and benches to see the water and relax ! Well taken care of. I recommend

walking
4 days ago

Nice trails and a lot of wildlife. Not much tree coverage

Some of the trail is very narrow and has tall growth on either side. The view of the lake was very nice. We did see a deer on the trail which was very cool.

will do it again. busy but well maintained. easy to follow

my favorite place to jog or run!

Interesting place with statue's. Nice place to stretch your legs

Fairly crowded with bikes and a lot of dogs. Well maintained path, Long enough for serious race training runs.

Nice wide, well-groomed trails. Plenty of wildflowers, birds, and frogs. Lots of bicyclists since it's a bike trail.

Same as everyone else has stated, the trek down can be rugged and boring, but the ending is worth it.

Pleasant lake, with decent fishing opportunities for central Illinois. Many bunnies out at this time of year!

Very nice bike and hike trail. Great for cross country skiing. Depending on the snow of course.

hiking
19 days ago

Nice little trail. Nice trek if you are camping. Nice scenery with some decent exercise.

walking
21 days ago

Nice trail. Saw lots of wildlife.

walking
21 days ago

Nice loop in the middle of the burbs. Features flower-filled meadows on both sides of a paved trail meant for bikers and walkers/runners. Several pretty views of the lake with the opportunity to see flowering lilly pads and small turtles.

My wife and our dog went there for a mid-morning hike.

Not for the faint of heart. Foliage can become overgrown, so hiking boots and pants may be advised. Hills weren't bad, but there are almost no places to sit and rest (other than the few felled trees that cross the path). Probably ran into fifteen spider webs on the hike.

trail running
21 days ago

Scenic flat concrete trail next to Lake Michigan. Can be warm later in the day so I recommend early morning running. You can meet the River Walk as part of your run.

paddle sports
1 month ago

There are many parks to drop in and pull out of along the way. To avoid drunk tubers on a hot weekend, drop into Killbuck Creek further south. The easiest exit is Hinchcliff Memorial Forest Preserve, which is located on the left side before merging into the Rock River.

1 month ago

amazing trails around the island

mountain biking
1 month ago

This is an excellent 10 mile loop about 10-15 minutes off of I-70. It's definitely worth a stop for those traveling through to stretch your legs. Trails are open to hiking, trail running, and mountain biking.

For mountain biking, I would rate these trails as intermediate. They flow through old growth forest along the banks of Mill Creek Lake offering great views while riding. These trails have a little something for everyone, and you get out of them what you put into them....the faster you go, the more challenging they become.

mountain biking
1 month ago

It’s really wide but there is still plenty of rocks and roots to have a good time on a mountain bike. There is lots of signage, however I wasn’t always sure which sign I needed to follow. Over all a great ride.

One of So IL’s best spots. Been coming here since 90s. Technical enough to keep it interesting but still big kid friendly. Spent an amazing night there last night with unbelievably forgiving weather for July. We camped at a well established spot by the water about a 15-20 min hike from the north CH trailhead and before the Wolf Den. Took 5 ticks off my son this morning but none on me. Guess they don’t like the smell of bourbon. New hikers should be aware of the two options at the north trailhead. The left fork is more friendly if you’re packing heavy or not in prime condition. The right fork is a bit of rock and boulder hopping down into the valley.

Its a great place to go Roller Blading! Trail is alway paved nicely and always clean of debris.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Trail needs cleaned up, there was a tree down in the trail and many limbs

I would say 3.5 stars. Decent loop. Trail is sand and mud with .5 of the loop a narrow path with some erosion, mostly in trees and shaded. Fitbit said 9 floors climbed, only a bit up and down. Facilities include running water, a restaurant, a winery/bait shop - nice people. There are additional trails besides the loop.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Tried today starting from the Elmwood Park edge. The trail is flooded. Giving 4 starts because the half mile I was able to ride are very promising.

Trail is closed -

hiking
1 month ago

a great trail for a walk. not great for trail for a hike. but awfully pretty. walking on gravel which is nice and the whole preserve is very well maintained. would be great for the whole family, storyboards along trail a treat to find.

anyone planning on hiking the entire trail in one trip? I really would like to do it but I don't really want to go at it by myself,and if anyone has already done it I'll take some pointers on where I can resupply on food and whatnot along the way. thanks!

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