Explore the best 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.

hiking

walking

kid friendly

birding

forest

views

trail running

nature trips

wildlife

wild flowers

dogs on leash

river

lake

mountain biking

road biking

fishing

wheelchair friendly

cross country skiing

snowshoeing

horseback riding

camping

no dogs

dog friendly

waterfall

canoeing

cave

beach

historic site

scenic driving

city walk

fly fishing

rock climbing

whitewater kayaking

backpacking

rails trails

Illinois Map
VIEW FULL MAP
hiking
9 hours ago

My favorite trail on the eastern side of the Shawnee! Easy hike, save for a lot of steps, and awesome views.

The historical aspect was cool, it's just a bit boring of a trail.

hiking
9 hours ago

hiking
9 hours ago

Definitely wear long pants as the trail gets pretty narrow at times. The small canyon or whatever it is, is pretty cool and worth the hike out to.

hiking
9 hours ago

My favorite part of Bell Smith - swim every year at Devil's Backbone, it's gorgeous!

hiking
9 hours ago

My favorite waterfall in southern Illinois! During the spring it's usually always going and the smaller falls at the top are popular for kids to play in.

hiking
9 hours ago

The view from the top of Stone Face is well worth the climb up!

My favorite trail at GOTG! Not too short or long and has the BEST views in the park! You can also camp right off the trail here.

Great place to climb around and awesome views - just prepare for crowds in this part of GOTG.

Easy, fun hike. Moderate elevation changes and lots of stairs. Nice river views at several spots along the way. However, nothing really that amazing and nearby construction noise kind of ruined the ambience.

hiking
10 hours ago

Absolutely beautiful place. But the trails are not labeled consistently. Extremely easy to get lost, as I did, and ended up making an 8.5 mile hike out of a 4 mile hike.

trail running
16 hours ago