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Gems in Illinois - 8

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gem Favorite Thunderbird Effigy Mound was constructed by Native Americans 1000 years ago, with over a 200 foot wingspan!

Thunderbird Effigy Mound

(1) Galena, IL
gem Favorite Stamina!

Indian Kitchen

(3) Golconda, IL
gem Favorite View of Burden Falls looking into breakdown.

Burden Falls

(3) Carrier…, IL
gem Favorite The Mississippi River meanders in the distance on a beautiful fall day.

Cooke Overlook

(3) Galena, IL
gem Favorite Taking a break in Saltpeter Cave.

Saltpeter Cave

(3) Harrisburg, IL
gem Favorite The Council Ring is the perfect place to spend a summer day.

Council Ring

(3) Galena, IL
gem Favorite Just a walk through Lusk Wilderness

Secret Canyon

(2) Harrisburg, IL
gem Favorite Natural Bridge

Natural Bridge

(2) Harrisburg, IL

Recommended Routes in Illinois - 33

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Favorite Waterfall leading down the canyon.
Intermediate

Starved Rock Loop

5.1 mi 8.1 km 493' Up 150.12 m Up 492' Down 149.9 m Down

Deer Park, IL
Favorite The trail is full of life and diversity.
Easy/Intermediate

The Chicago Outerbelt Route

208.6 mi 335.7 km 1,684' Up 513.38 m Up 1,684' Down 513.32 m Down

Chicago, IL
Favorite Oak trees begin to leaf out in a well-managed oak woodland. With plenty of sunlight, the spring wildflowers are abundant.
Intermediate

Sag Valley Main Trail

8.5 mi 13.6 km 364' Up 110.8 m Up 364' Down 111.01 m Down

Palos Park, IL
Favorite Viewpoint and suitable backpacking campsite off the River to River trail. (Very close to trail, unfortunately).
Intermediate/Difficult

River To River Trail: Garden of the Gods Wilderness Section

5.4 mi 8.7 km 516' Up 157.15 m Up 654' Down 199.24 m Down

Rosiclare, IL
Favorite An algae covered pond along the Waterfall Glen Main Trail.
Easy/Intermediate

Waterfall Glen Main Trail

9.7 mi 15.6 km 259' Up 78.82 m Up 259' Down 78.83 m Down

Darien, IL
Favorite A short stop to enjoy the view.
Intermediate

Matthiessen State Park Loop

2.7 mi 4.4 km 164' Up 49.97 m Up 168' Down 51.09 m Down

Deer Park, IL
Favorite Watching the Chicago Air and Water show from the Lakefront. Near Diversey Ave looking south.
Easy/Intermediate

Chicago Lakefront Trail

18.4 mi 29.6 km 154' Up 47.07 m Up 150' Down 45.69 m Down

Lincoln…, IL
Favorite Blue Trail in the fall.
Intermediate/Difficult

Bullfrog Loop

7.4 mi 11.8 km 625' Up 190.36 m Up 624' Down 190.16 m Down

Willow…, IL
Favorite No Photos
Intermediate

Spring Lake Park

9.4 mi 15.1 km 733' Up 223.54 m Up 735' Down 224.05 m Down

Macomb, IL

Illinois Hiking

  • 2,031 Miles 3,269 Kilometers of Trail
  • 35 Recommended Routes
  • 8 Gems Gems
  • 508 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 169 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 14 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Areas Within Illinois

Trails in Illinois - 654

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3.0 mi 4.9 km #1Little Grand Canyon Loop
Intermediate/Difficult
Murphysboro, IL
Intermediate/Difficult
Murphysboro, IL 18 
0.5 mi 0.8 km #2Observation Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Rosiclare, IL
Easy/Intermediate
Rosiclare, IL 15 
1.3 mi 2.1 km #3Trillium Trail
Difficult
Carbondale, IL
Difficult
Carbondale, IL
6.2 mi 9.9 km #4Orange Loop
Intermediate
Willow Springs, IL
Intermediate
Willow Springs, IL
0.7 mi 1.1 km #5Indian Creek Trail
Difficult
Cobden, IL
Difficult
Cobden, IL
17.7 mi 28.5 km #6Great Western Trail
Easy
Saint Charles, IL
Easy
Saint Charles, IL
0.3 mi 0.5 km #7Merrill Woods Trail
Intermediate
Hanna City, IL
Intermediate
Hanna City, IL
3.3 mi 5.3 km #8Trail B
Difficult
Marshall, IL
Difficult
Marshall, IL
2.0 mi 3.2 km #9Lyons Woods To Waukegan Savanna Trail
Easy
Beach Park, IL
Easy
Beach Park, IL
0.9 mi 1.4 km #10River Bluff Trail
Intermediate
Oakville, MO
Intermediate
Oakville, MO

Photos of Illinois - 446

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Cooking dinner and taking in the view at sunset at Buzzard Point.
Oct 10, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL
Natural arch along river to river trail just below the Pharaoh Campground.
Oct 10, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL
Viewpoint and suitable backpacking campsite off the River to River trail. (Very close to trail, unfortunately).
Oct 10, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL
Another one of the vista points off the Garden of the Gods observation trail looking out on what was once an inland sea.
Oct 10, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL
Looking out into the Garden of the Gods wilderness area.
Oct 10, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL
The slick scramble down from the ridge into the canyon.
Oct 10, 2016 near Murphys…, IL
A short stop to enjoy the view.
Sep 11, 2017 near Deer Park, IL
Some of the bizarre, organic shapes carved into the sandstone of the cliffs lining the riverbanks.
Oct 10, 2016 near Murphys…, IL