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From the shores of North Illinois (IL) to the Prairies of Central and South Illinois, the Prairie State has plenty of attractions for adventurous hikers.

The Chicago area, lovingly referred to as Chicagoland, provides a multitude of hiking and outdoor experiences in more urban areas. Urban hiking seems a little less urban with miles of lakefront nearby providing harbors, trails, beaches, parks, and reserves. Lake Michigan hiking offers both sandy, shoreline trails and wooded trails that meander along the lake.

Find trails in Northern Illinois where paths explore hillier terrain and bring hikers out onto rugged bluffs. Hike along the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers for flatter, more family-friendly trails, or check out Central Illinois for hikes that highlight rolling hills, secluded valleys, deep forests, and farmland. Hiking trails can be found leading past pristine lakes, rivers, wetlands, and marshes as well. Southern Illinois offers Shawnee National Forest where hikers can find secluded trails at the foot of the Ozarks.

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Cricket Creek Forest Preserve Addison Illinois
Gander Mountain Preserve Antioch Illinois
Apple River Canyon State Park Apple River Illinois
Jim Edgar Panther Creek Ashland Illinois
Jim Edgar Panther Creek Ashland Illinois
Oakhurst County Forest Preserve Aurora Illinois
Lakewood Valley Circle Aurora Illinois
Spinnaker Park Aurora Illinois
Lakewood Park Aurora Illinois
Kaskaskia River State Fish & Wildlife Area Baldwin Illinois
Spring Lake (unpaved) Nature Preserve Barrington Illinois
Baker Barrington Illinois
Crabtree Nature Center Barrington Illinois
West Branch Forest Preserve Bartlett Illinois
Iroquois County State Wildlife Area Beaverville Illinois
Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve Beecher Illinois
Cache River State Natural Area Belknap Illinois
Mermet Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area Belknap Illinois
Rend Lake Benton Illinois
Big Rock Forest Preserve Big Rock Illinois
Meacham Grove Forest Preserve Bloomingdale Illinois
Spring Creek Reservoir Bloomingdale Illinois
Comlara Park Bloomington-Normal Illinois
Braidwood Dunes and Savanna Nature Preserve Braidwood Illinois
Brookfield Woods Brookfield Illinois
Calumet City Prairie Calumet City Illinois
Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area Carlyle Illinois
Carlyle Lake Carlyle Illinois
Raceway Woods Carpentersville Illinois
Raceway Woods Carpentersville Illinois
Cave-In-Rock State Park Cave-In-Rock Illinois
Channahon State Park Channahon Illinois
McKinley Woods - Frederick Channahon Illinois
Fox Ridge State Park Charleston Illinois
Lake View Park Trails Charleston Illinois
Lake View Park Trails Charleston Illinois
Randolph County State Recreation Area Chester Illinois
Major Taylor Paved Trail Chicago Illinois
Eggers Grove Chicago Illinois
Dan Ryan Woods-North Chicago Illinois
Caldwell Woods Chicago Illinois
Robinson Woods-South Chicago Illinois
Catherine Chevalier Woods Chicago Illinois
Cap Sauer's Holding Chicago Illinois
Forest Glen Woods Chicago Illinois
Chicago River North Branch Trail Chicago Illinois
Plum Creek Play Meadow Chicago Heights Illinois
Thorn Creek Unpaved Trail Chicago Heights Illinois
Joe Orr Woods Chicago Heights Illinois
North Creek Meadow Chicago Heights Illinois
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