The Best Trails in Illinois (United States)

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  • Starved Rock SP

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    near Utica, Illinois (United States)
    Distance
    3.07mi
    Elevation +
    869f
    TrailRank
    70| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Starved Rock SP Photo of Starved Rock SP Photo of Starved Rock SP

    la ruta sha tallat a baixde wildcat canyon.. uns 3-4km abans del lodge Visitor Center-Starved Rock-French Canyon (low)-Lovers Leap Overloop-Pontiac canyon(high)-Wildcat Canyon(high)-Sandstone Point Overlook-Lonetree C...

    Great Hike and Nice Place
    alejandro.calderonhernandez
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  • Waterfall Glenn Forest Preserve

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    near Darien, Illinois (United States)
    Distance
    10.37mi
    Elevation +
    236f
    TrailRank
    66
    Photo of Waterfall Glenn Forest Preserve Photo of Waterfall Glenn Forest Preserve Photo of Waterfall Glenn Forest Preserve

    Short Hike in the Waterfall Glenn Forest Preserve. The route is very easy, always on grovel roads, with practically no elevation gain.

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  • Palos trail

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    near Palisades, Illinois (United States)
    Distance
    6.18mi
    Elevation +
    476f
    TrailRank
    52| Rating 5.0

    Very similar to the Sag Valley trail, this trail is like a nice nature walk through the woods. It is very buggy so you are advised to bring insect repellent. This trail seems to have all kinds of side paths that don't le...

    Thanks for posting this trail. Great spot for hiking.
    Anderson
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  • Volo Bog nature preserve

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    near Lakemoor, Illinois (United States)
    Distance
    4.28mi
    Elevation +
    98f
    TrailRank
    52
    Photo of Volo Bog nature preserve Photo of Volo Bog nature preserve Photo of Volo Bog nature preserve

    Loops around a natural bog with some pretty unique vegetation. Boardwalk into the marsh is in good shape initially and has great views but fell in disrepair, unfortunately, before you get deeper into the bog. Loop itself...

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  • Starved Rock State Park

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    near Utica, Illinois (United States)
    Distance
    2.76mi
    Elevation +
    482f
    TrailRank
    50
    Photo of Starved Rock State Park Photo of Starved Rock State Park Photo of Starved Rock State Park

    Starved Rock State Park VOTED THE #1 ATTRACTION IN THE STATE OF ILLINOIS Starved Rock Park is a world apart from anything else in Illinois! You will know it the minute you enter the park, as you wind your car through...

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  • Beverly lake trails

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    near Sutton, Illinois (United States)
    Distance
    6.12mi
    Elevation +
    364f
    TrailRank
    38
    Photo of Beverly lake trails Photo of Beverly lake trails Photo of Beverly lake trails

    Trails between penny road pond and Beverly lake. Starting from penny road, the first section is heavily forested; narrow trail mostly used for horseback riding. Closer to Beverly Lake, the trail widens out and become mos...

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  • Bruner family forest preserve

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    near West Dundee, Illinois (United States)
    Distance
    4.92mi
    Elevation +
    187f
    TrailRank
    37
    Photo of Bruner family forest preserve Photo of Bruner family forest preserve Photo of Bruner family forest preserve

    One way walk; Starts at the dam in Carpentersville and ends at buffalo park in Algonquin. Mostly prairie, with oak groves near the fox river. Lots of wildflowers. gravel most of the way, but there is a bit of a scramble ...

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  • near Bull Valley, Illinois (United States)
    Distance
    3.97mi
    Elevation +
    115f
    TrailRank
    36
    Photo of Boone creek loop and horse trail combined Photo of Boone creek loop and horse trail combined Photo of Boone creek loop and horse trail combined

    This is a combination of the Boone creek loop and the horse trail that runs outside it. One of the waypoints (nr 4) shows you how to cross over from one to the other. The crossover trail sees little use and is not shown ...

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  • Brookdale preserve

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    near Hartland, Illinois (United States)
    Distance
    6.41mi
    Elevation +
    141f
    TrailRank
    36
    Photo of Brookdale preserve Photo of Brookdale preserve Photo of Brookdale preserve

    Trails on the east side of Brookdale preserve. Slight detour following deep cut road due to trail being closed for reconstruction. Mostly mown prairie terrain, some gravel paths in the NE section. NE section not as well ...

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  • near O'Hare, Illinois (United States)
    Distance
    2.75mi
    Elevation +
    3f
    TrailRank
    35
    Photo of Catherine Chevalier Woods Forest Preserve | Chicago Photo of Catherine Chevalier Woods Forest Preserve | Chicago Photo of Catherine Chevalier Woods Forest Preserve | Chicago

    The Catherine Chevalier Woods Forest Preserve is a 338-acre nature preserve along the Des Plaines River greenway. This is one part of the Chicago area where a pedestrian-bicycle path system exists. It provides habitat fo...

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  • Deer run forest preserve

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    near Valley View, Illinois (United States)
    Distance
    4.11mi
    Elevation +
    33f
    TrailRank
    34
    Photo of Deer run forest preserve Photo of Deer run forest preserve Photo of Deer run forest preserve

    Trails from kishwaukee river onto prairie and in oak forested areas. Map of trails attached in photos. Great place for a short walk or a much longer trek. This place gets very wet though in spring or after a big rainstor...

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  • near Marengo, Illinois (United States)
    Distance
    4.04mi
    Elevation +
    180f
    TrailRank
    34
    Photo of Marengo ridge prairie and forest trails Photo of Marengo ridge prairie and forest trails Photo of Marengo ridge prairie and forest trails

    Trail has little elevation change and is in excellent condition. Very accessible, with the exception of the nature trail in the far north, which is narrow and rough in places.

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  • near Coventry Creek, Illinois (United States)
    Distance
    5.80mi
    Elevation +
    217f
    TrailRank
    33
    Photo of Black hawk springs forest preserve Photo of Black hawk springs forest preserve Photo of Black hawk springs forest preserve

    The trail is actually 3.4 miles loop. Mostly wooded and close to the river. Nice views from the banks.

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  • near Sutton, Illinois (United States)
    Distance
    4.90mi
    Elevation +
    118f
    TrailRank
    32
    Photo of Spring creek trails southern section Photo of Spring creek trails southern section Photo of Spring creek trails southern section

    Parking at penny road pond. The trail is dual use, horses and hiking. Mostly forested, buckthorn patches and some old growth. Trail is boggy and uneven in places, not very suitable for wheel chair access. Spring creek cu...

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  • Glacial park north section

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    near Barnard Mill (historical), Illinois (United States)
    Distance
    5.60mi
    Elevation +
    194f
    TrailRank
    31
    Photo of Glacial park north section Photo of Glacial park north section Photo of Glacial park north section

    Trail starts from the west side of glacial park and follows the nippersink. Path not as well maintained N of the service road but easily navigable. Had to turn back due to flooding just before bridge over the creek, nort...

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  • Fox bluff area - all trails

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    near Haegers Bend, Illinois (United States)
    Distance
    3.14mi
    Elevation +
    203f
    TrailRank
    31
    Photo of Fox bluff area - all trails Photo of Fox bluff area - all trails Photo of Fox bluff area - all trails

    Oak forest paths, quite hilly and nice water features. Trails are clear but can get a little rough at times. Not readily wheel chair accessible.

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  • Rush creek preserve outer trails

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    near Sunset View Mobile Home Park, Illinois (United States)
    Distance
    4.25mi
    Elevation +
    115f
    TrailRank
    31
    Photo of Rush creek preserve outer trails Photo of Rush creek preserve outer trails Photo of Rush creek preserve outer trails

    Part of the Outerloop of horse trails at rush creek. Note some fording required to get across Rush creek

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  • Oak ridge forest preserve

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    near Thorne Ledge, Illinois (United States)
    Distance
    5.15mi
    Elevation +
    56f
    TrailRank
    31
    Photo of Oak ridge forest preserve Photo of Oak ridge forest preserve Photo of Oak ridge forest preserve

    Beautiful trails meandering through oak forest and prairie. Trail descends and then follows kishwaukee river. Low lying areas can be boggy.

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  • near Algonquin, Illinois (United States)
    Distance
    2.94mi
    Elevation +
    177f
    TrailRank
    31
    Photo of Dixie Briggs Fromm conservation area Photo of Dixie Briggs Fromm conservation area Photo of Dixie Briggs Fromm conservation area

    Restored prairie and woodland area with mowed and dirt paths. Prairie stretches are very accessible but the woodland paths can be rutty. Distance for all paths adds up to about 3 miles. Lots of variation in plant life. G...

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  • Silver creek preserve north

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    near Oakwood Hills, Illinois (United States)
    Distance
    3.22mi
    Elevation +
    144f
    TrailRank
    30
    Photo of Silver creek preserve north Photo of Silver creek preserve north Photo of Silver creek preserve north

    Trail starts at prairie education center and loops through prairie. Spur through oak grove ends up at a quiet spot on the fox river.

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