Explore the most popular views 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.

road biking
22 hours ago

Love the scenic river view! Path takes you right on the highway next to traffic so be careful!

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.

Great, well maintained trail. Moderate trail. But quiet and shady. One way trails, and lots of mountain bikers. All friendly. Great day to hike.

Note: Bug repellent.

mountain biking
2 days 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

I lost my keys to a Chrysler vehicle on Friday the 13, anyone finds them please contact the park rangers thank you.

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.

This is not the Lake County Forest Preserve which is right next door, and has two connecting entry points. This is a beautiful place to walk and beautiful to see the Prairie and restoration. If you're looking for a hike this is probably not the place. Trail surface: well maintained and marked grass and gravel. Elevation: essentially flat. Bugs: little to none but would definitely do a tick check when you're done. Scenery: beautiful views of prairie, wildflowers, butterflies, deer and sounds of frogs. Jens Jensen council ring and pond: path to not very well-marked, worth a stop to see. Overall: Gatehouse and history of this place is very interesting and job restoring very well done.

trail running
4 days ago

I use this trail to get some gravel miles in when palos singletrack is too soft. Some decent climbs and nice scenery. Trails are also groomed for cross country skiing in the winter when there's enough snow.

Trail surface: grass and mud, have had a lot of rain this year. Bugs: we did the three mile Outer Loop and almost turned back due to swarms of mosquitoes, also found ticks on me and my husband when we got home. Scenery: Really beautiful, but not much variation, wooded areas, grassy areas, wood bridges and river. Elevation gain: even though map claims some elevation feels essential flat. Amenities: Visitor Center very nice, restrooms very clean, staff very friendly, drinking fountain outside building, ample parking. Overall a lovely hike but mosquitoes a huge problem.

What a great app indispensable out in the Shawnee. Simply pick a trail and it links up with googl to get you there!

hiking
4 days ago

Great walking and biking trails.

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

Being a Dane I'm used to living in a flat but hilly landscape. Anyway, during my 2 weeks in this neighbourhood I've experiensed a landscape flat as a pancake. Lots of 'little pieces of prarie' . Wau, is that something.
Along the Fox River-trail I finally found som hilly parts. Not much though. The trail was different from the other trails that I found on ALL TRAILLS and by myself. I liked it. Running along the river I would have wished to see the river more than was the case. Probably they grow the trees and bushes to protect the shore? I don't know? But it's a nice run...

Lots of varied foliage and scenery. Peaceful. Will definitely do again.

It’s beautiful

walking
7 days ago

Nice easy trail with great nature views. Very relaxing hike.

Hate to ever give a bad rating, but this place is a mosquito pit. Wanted to run 4-5 miles but cut it short due to the bugs.

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

hiking
10 days ago

Small inclines to beautiful overhang. Nice little loop.

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.

Short but fun.

cool rock formations

road biking
11 days ago

The area was beautiful but definitely not conducive to biking. Lots of hills + gravel/sand = not easy (as marked in the description).

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!

hiking
11 days ago

Most of the trail was blocked by fallen trees. Trail is not well marked. Pretty much just got to see the rock formations from the trailhead.

Great streams, canyons and small waterfalls, the views from the top are spectacular. Discovered some fantastic vantage points.

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