Explore the most popular lake 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.

mountain biking
14 hours 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 day 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.

That place is so beautiful I loved

Nice clear trails. Some wooded and shady, some grassy and sunny. Well kept. Saw toads, wildflowers, deer trails, and plenty of butterflies. Easy/moderate terrain. Little muddy at the start due to rains last night. One fallen tree about .6 miles in, but we climbed over.

hiking
4 days ago

Great walking and biking trails.

Trails are pretty overgrown wear pants or long socks.

make sure to follow the white squares with blue "i"s, especially the first one - it's in the second electric post as soon as you start

Nice hike in. Had trouble picking the trail back in once I reached the river.

Arrive early (by 10am?) on weekends so you can park at the main parking lot. We had to park in the overflow area and it was an extra mile hike across a sunny field to get to the Dells area.

The Dells were beautiful!

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.

Beautiful hiking trip! Got turned around in the mountain bike trails. Lots of hills, mosquitoes, and spiders. Bring bug repellent and carry a stick for knocking down spider webs along the path. No directional signage on the trails. Great workout on the hills. Definitely worth the visit!

Great bike ride
Wildlife at dusk
Mildly hilly

mountain biking
11 days 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
12 days ago

As a novice, this trail was tough for me, very tough after intersection 30! There were some big dips that I didn’t even attempt, lots of tree roots in the trail, and a lot of mud after the recent rain. Tough but fun!

This park is amazing with caves you can walk through and waterfalls galore! We did seem to go on a trail that led to a equestrian trail and not the loop, but there are signs that say which way to stay on the hiking trail loop. Overall great experience, even though it absolutely down poured during our visit.

The scenery is nice. Very similar to my home (Odense /Denmark). The big, low flying aircrafts, heading for Chicago, were getting on my nerves. It was SO NOISY from the crafts above. Would be nice to walk the hills of the restricted area. Try Google 'Stige Ø" (Stige Oe). I think this area has the same "history". Used to be a dump. Today a rekreation spot

trail running
16 days ago

Have run this several times for the Kennekuk Road Runners annual event. Very enjoyable trail for central IL, and is for sure the gem of Kennekuk as a park.

I really love this trail. For central IL, it's a fun, challenging gem--especially for running.

mountain biking
16 days ago

Nice trail but VERY confusing. There is a complete lack of signage in certain areas. We got lost more than once and had to ask anyone we saw on a bike where to go. Part of the trail was closed and we needed to carry our bikes up a huge flight of stairs. The trail itself is well maintained and very wide with interesting things along the way. Better direction signs would help!

I liked it a lot

hiking
17 days 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.

I love running this path! It's so incredibly beautiful and peaceful!

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!

This is not a “hiking” trail - it’s a paved bike trail. It’s a very nice paved bike trail but not what we were looking for.

It’s great if you have a stroller, it’s boring on a bike and it’s not really hiking because it’s all paved

road biking
20 days ago

The best way to discover the beauty of Chicago’s skyline and Lake Michigan! If you’re a local or out of town tourist, I recommend this to anyone who would like to run or bike towards the heart of downtown or their first time in Chicago.

road biking
20 days ago

Nice nature walk near Rosehill Cemetery. Good for moderate hiking or running but ok for a bit of biking just watch out that some of trails can go in different places and turns can be blocked by the overgrown plants.

The app has it listed as a biking/hiking trail of moderate difficulty which couldn't be farther from the truth. I walked 3 miles out and 3 back on a wide, paved walkway. There are parts that are a little gravely but otherwise it's basically a sidewalk. There are lovely views and plenty of delicious blackberries so that was very pleasant. Bring sunscreen as there's little tree cover.

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