Explore the most popular 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.

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walking
23 hours ago

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

hiking
23 hours ago

Nice trail but would of like to see some of the waterfalls, must be much better in early spring. Got to see deer and lots of mushrooms, lol. Would of liked to of gotten rid of the horsefly that decided to travel with me for the entire length of the trail and all the way back to the car.

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.

hiking
1 day ago

Short, rugged, and very scenic trail that climbs alongside a wet-weather waterfall and skirts (sometimes almost perilously so) the tops of some tall cliffs. A great short hike to tackle after work or school.

Great trail with nice views, perfect for a bike ride

Whenever I’m in the area (or @ #CampingWorld to dump the rv) i make a point to spend some time here. It is very peaceful with a variety of trails and numerous parking areas throughout. It never feels crowded, but then I often go during the week. It’s open later than most parks which tend close right at “sunset” which is my favorite time to be in/at a park.

The trail needs more markers. And I left covered in seed ticks. But the terrain was beautiful. Excellent workout.

Only did 2 1/2 miles but very beautiful and very shaded

hiking
3 days ago

Pretty easy walk. Love the water fall.

I absolutely love hiking here, but the people are absolute slobs. I’ve been going here since I was a kid and I brought my kids there yesterday and they were quite upset about the MASSIVE amount of garbage everywhere. They need to implement some serious litter prevention. Ban all disposable water bottles being the first, I’ve never seen so much trash at a park like this. It’s depressing.

hiking
3 days ago

This is an easy hike to an awesome spot. Definitely off the beaten path, but the trail is easy to follow. When you get to the natural area sign just follow the bluff line past the power line clearing to the cave.
Make sure to keep following the bluff for a little way after the cave, as it is very spectacular. Definitely one of the coolest places in the Shawnee National Forest. Also be prepared to be accompanied on your hike by a friendly black lab.

backpacking
3 days ago

I went in the summer and there was alot of growth on the trail east of Hutchins creek. I was the only one on the trail and there were alot of spider webs on the trail. it was not easy finding a good place to make camp due to all the growth. It would probably be much better in the sping or fall. I did see a deer at the creek crossing.

I really wanted to enjoy this trip with my family. I took my two kids (3 and 8) and while it was great to get them out into the woods. The trail was more of a deer path than a family friendly trail. I’m going to go and hike it on my own. But it is certainly not kid appropriate.

road biking
3 days ago

nice ride on hot day. expe t to. Ross some major cross roads. will do it again

Good trail to test out pack load/equipment. Bring a hat or sunblock for there isn’t much shading. It’s a pretty busy loop, but everyone is polite and there’s room for everyone.

hiking
3 days ago

Pretty clear and well marked. Parking areas are clean and well kept. We enjoyed the trail and will definitely hike it again.

on Round Bluff Trail

3 days ago

We did this trail yesterday and it's beautiful. Can't wait to see it in Spring and Fall.

on Prairie Bluff Trail

hiking
3 days ago

Did this hike to break up an 8.5 hour drive, and I will never make that mistake again! Trail was very overgrown and difficult to follow, and the maps were little help. To add onto that, my dog and I both came out with HUNDREDS of ticks. If you really want to hike this area, you should be prepared for navigation issues and have plenty of tick repellent.

hiking
3 days ago

Hiked this trail this morning with my pup. We passed other groups every 5-10 minutes. The hike was scenic and not too strenuous minus the stairs going back up to the trailhead/parking lot. Sad to say that water was not flowing in Lasalle Canyon, but it was still beautiful scenery.

deep, wide canyon with steam crossings, made for a fun hike. plenty of places to wade, read, relax.

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

As with the other trails in the area, the Hawk’s Cave Trail features some really impressive rock formations and massive cliffs. Fun place to explore. I would suggest hiking it clockwise from the trailhead, as this will save the cliffs for the latter half of the trail. The cliffs will seem really imposing when you approach them from this direction.

Did this one with my niece. Way way too many spider webs

trail running
4 days ago

Awesome running trail

Lots of bang for your buck on this hike: two nice-sized and very different waterfalls, unique rock formations, and a really scenic section hugging cliffs above a creek.

hiking
4 days ago

It is a great trail, has woodland, prairie, and lake views. No special hiking equipment required. The trails are well maintained but if it has rained, there could be lots of mud.

Great bicycle patch

Nice paved path. I like the ups and downs on the path; not flat and boring. Shady parts with nice big trees. But it’s too close to road noise and neighborhoods and the golf course for my taste.

Really nice trails with some benches that have lake views. It’s fairly easy and I could see this place getting lots of visitors.

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