Explore the most popular State Parks 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.

on Hawk's Cave Trail

hiking
1 day ago

More of a moderate Trail for us. Had several inclines and declines. Well kept Trail through forest and along rock bluffs to cave. Would definitely take again.

on Rebman Trail

hiking
1 day ago

Nice easy hike along bluffs. The trail is mostly flat. Two small waterfalls and a shallow stream when we were there. Will be back in June with our grandson.

Let me start off by making it clear that the trail culture is very sub par. We encountered many groups of people blasting their music through super loud speakers. There was also a good amount of engravings on the rocks. Not to mention, there was trash all over the river walk. The combination of these things really hindered our experience. Despite all of this, the canyons/waterfalls looked quite nice from afar, and the hikes there were pleasant. The best canyons in our opinion were Kaskaskia and Ottawa. Get there early to avoid the crowds. 6/10

It was nice. We drove almost 2 hours to get here after wanting to go for a few months. The scenery was breathtaking, especially since Chicago is almost completely flat! The only problem that I encountered was that the trail was so built up. Most of it was either wood or concrete and it made the experience feel very superficial, especially walking past women in dresses wanting to take pictures. The waterfalls and canyons were really something incredible though, and we were even able to climb them (without harnesses; please don’t try if you aren’t familiar or comfortable with the rocks). Overall, it was a great place to go for a day and I’d love to visit again. We got a brochure with a map from the building after the parking lot and outlined exactly where we wanted to go, so I suggest you do that too. Have a great hike!

Good hike anywhere, incredible hike for Illinois... some nice views, gets your heart pumping with some stairs, great for birding, I’m not really into birding per say but I saw tons of small birds, a hawk, an owl and lots more on the river, la salle canyon is the best part

This is one of my many favorite trails. I have walked it in all seasons and there is always something breathtaking about the scenery, even in the winter. When the leaves have fallen, I see more of the bluffs. I walked it today and things are budding and there are no flying bugs or spider webs in my face because it's so early in the year. I look forward to seeing it again all blossomed out.

Very well kept, moderate hills to get your heart pumping along with great lookouts!

hiking
7 days ago

A very nice hike after the first 1.5 . It was pretty muddy on the trail back but still liked the hike and the features.

Great views of the Mississippi and Illinois river confluence as well as a large oxbow lake left behind by the meandering rivers. Trails are wide, generally well maintained and marked very well.

This is a really great trail. However listen to other reviewers and take the trail counter clockwise. I chose to take trail clockwise and spent excess time going up hills. I completed trail In 6 hours. I did stop at red cedar trail campground there are picnic tables, fire pits, and bathrooms. Brought quick snack to refuel for energy.

And completed the entire trail in 1 day (6 hours). If time was available I would have loved to spent the night at the campground. I will be back to try this trail again.

I saw several turkeys, squirrels, and birds. No snakes thank goodness.

Some trail tips take bug spray tick repellant. Bring extra water. Watch where you step on the rocks they are slippery. The trail for most part is well marked, there were a few points I had to look @ the map. The trail is marked with white diamond w a red circle. The trail does interloop with river to river trail and horse trail, just make sure to look for those white diamonds because they can be easy to miss if your looking at the beauty of the hike.

This hike was sweet. It doesn’t go in a loop unless i couldn’t see the trail properly. We went a little off trail to hang out on the rocks.

trail running
19 days ago

This is the worse “trail” I’ve ever run. It’s 1st a swamp and 2nd the equestrian traffic has destroyed what little trail there is.

backpacking
21 days ago

fun trail. had to look at the map once or twice, but besides that had a good hike.

Great easy hike! Well maintained trail with gravel, stairs, wooden decking, and lots of trail signs. It's a perfect hike for kids with great variety and rock formations!

two thumbs up

Easy hike and so beautiful!! The rock formations are beautiful. Try to catch it after a good rain for some pretty waterfalls. Loved this!

It was an amazing last min. trip idea for spring break. Very muddy today but totally worth it and my 10yr old son and mom had a blast.

hiking
28 days ago

Great experience. Favorite section of the park

walking
28 days ago

This park does not have very much nature, but there are a lot of cool places with the mounds and the museum is also cool

hiking
1 month ago

Good path with or without a fishing pole. Lots of pretty wild rose bushes and columbine along the trail. Witnessed some wildlife in the past. Beware of litter left by knuckleheads fishing.

short, easy hike with tons of fun climbing opportunities make this perfect for a group with mixed abilities.

on Herrick Lake Trail

trail running
1 month ago

Nice wide crushed limestone trails, lots of longer and shorter options. Just look out for horse poop.

Nice trail, very wooded

mountain biking
1 month ago

Decent trails that go through woods. Some hills and lakes that are nice. Nice place to visit

Very short hike. Cool rock formations that are easy to get to. I'd probably give this trail an easy rating vs. moderate. All trails are gravel so kind of hard on your feet.

First time here. Some of the routes have been changed from the map. Not sure if that’s a seasonal thing or not.

Observation tower was cool but the highlight was the blind they built just for bird watching and photography. I sat there for a while taking pictures of the birds and other animals!

I wouldn’t come here if it was wet. Would be both way too muddy and the foot bridges over the big would be really slippery.

Nice little bits of elevation made this a nice hike and I’ll definitely be back!

hiking
1 month ago

This park and it's trails have always been a favorite of mine since the late '70's. The view at the top of the ridge is beautiful looking over both the Illinois and Mississippi rivers. Unfortunately, I'm disappointed that the trails have not been kept up from the much erosion over the years, so there are deep ruts and the trail can be muddy and slippery after rain. Despite the eroding trails, I will continue to return for the wooded beauty and scenic views. In the meantime, hopefully, the State of Illinois will address their much deteriorated situations and keep their parks open.

hiking
1 month ago

Great place for kids. I live nearby - and always had- but had never been! We enjoyed a family picnic and simple exploring. It was well worth the short drive.

Beautiful views. Not sure about the easy rating with the elevation climb, but I made it.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike up a drainage following a small creek.

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