The Best Hiking Trails in Illinois

Most Popular Illinois Hiking Trails

We've ranked the best places to hike in Illinois using our unique hiking trail popularity algorithm that accounts for the average rating and number of reviews for a trail, the number of people who have hiked or wish they could hike at that hiking trail. Sign up for a free account and vote for your favorite hiking trails by submitting a trail review or creating a hiking wishlist today!

New! Find the best hiking trails by city:
Chicago (4), Palos Hills (4), Oregon (3), Utica (2), Palos Heights (2), Belknap (2)

Rank Hiking Trail Location
1. Starved Rock State ParkUtica, Illinois
2. Lake View Park TrailsCharleston, Illinois
3. Pere Marquette State ParkGrafton, Illinois
4. Spring Lake ParkMacomb, Illinois
5. Jericho Lake ParkMontgomery, Illinois
6. Matthiessen State ParkUtica, Illinois
7. Saw Wee Kee ParkOswego, Illinois
8. East Lick Creek TrailSpringfield, Illinois
9. Catherine Chevalier WoodsChicago, Illinois
10. Clinton Lake State Recreation AreaDeWitt, Illinois
11. Skokie lagoonsGlencoe, Illinois
12. Palos HillsPalos Heights, Illinois
13. Deer GrovePalatine, Illinois
14. White Pines Forest State ParkMt. Morris, Illinois
15. Sand Ridge State ForestForest City, Illinois
16. KokemillSpringfield, Illinois
17. Buffalo Rock State ParkOttawa, Illinois
18. Mackinaw River State Fish & Wildlife AreaMackinaw, Illinois
19. Silver LakeHighland, Illinois
20. Lowden State ParkOregon, Illinois
21. Mississippi Palisades State ParkSavanna, Illinois
22. Volo Bog State Natural AreaIngleside, Illinois
23. Calvin R. Sutker GroveSkokie, Illinois
24. Brookfield WoodsBrookfield, Illinois
25. Caldwell WoodsChicago, Illinois
26. Country Lane WoodsPalos Hills, Illinois
27. Giant City State ParkMakanda, Illinois
28. Comlara ParkBloomington-Normal, Illinois
29. JubileePeoria, Illinois
30. Eagle Creek State Recreation AreaFindlay, Illinois
31. Edward R. Madigan State Fish & Wildlife AreaLincoln, Illinois
32. Cave-In-Rock State ParkCave-In-Rock, Illinois
33. Farmdale Reservoir Recreation AreaEast Peoria, Illinois
34. IndyNorth Pekin, Illinois
35. Dirksen ParkPekin, Illinois
36. Iroquois County State Wildlife AreaBeaverville, Illinois
37. Argyle Lake State ParkColchester, Illinois
38. Rock Island State TrailWyoming, Illinois
39. Spring Lake State Fish & Wildlife AreaManito, Illinois
40. Swallow Cliff WoodsPalos Hills, Illinois
41. Arrowhead LakePalos Heights, Illinois
42. Jim Edgar Panther CreekAshland, Illinois
43. Braidwood Dunes and Savanna Nature PreserveBraidwood, Illinois
44. Prairie TrailCrystal Lake, Illinois
45. Rock Cut State ParkRockford, Illinois
46. Beverly Lake Hoffman Estates, Illinois
47. Lake GlendaleGolconda, Illinois
48. Silver Springs State ParkPlano, Illinois
49. Espenscheid Forest Perserve Rockford, Il, Illinois
50. Hennepin Canal State ParkSheffield, Illinois
51. Hidden Springs State ParkStrasburg, Illinois
52. Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach State ParkZion, Illinois
53. Apple River Canyon State ParkApple River, Illinois
54. Beall Woods State ParkMount Carmel, Illinois
55. Beaver Dam State ParkPlainview, Illinois
56. Moraine View State Recreation AreaLeRoy, Illinois
57. Morrison-Rockwood State ParkMorrison, Illinois
58. Nauvoo State ParkNauvoo, Illinois
59. Pyramid State Recreation AreaPinckneyville, Illinois
60. Ramsey Lake State Recreation AreaRamsey, Illinois
61. Randolph County State Recreation AreaChester, Illinois
62. Red Hills State ParkSumner, Illinois
63. Rock Cut State ParkLoves Park, Illinois
64. Saline County State Fish and Wildlife AreaEquality, Illinois
65. Siloam Springs State ParkClayton, Illinois
66. Big River State ForestKeithsburg, Illinois
67. Cache River State Natural AreaBelknap, Illinois
68. Castle Rock State ParkOregon, Illinois
69. Chain OSpring Grove, Illinois
70. Delabar State ParkOquawka, Illinois
71. Woodford State Fish and Wildlife AreaLow Point, Illinois
72. Donnelley/DePue State Fish & Wildlife AreaDePue, Illinois
73. Eldon Hazlet State Recreation AreaCarlyle, Illinois
74. Ferne Clyffe State ParkGoreville, Illinois
75. Fort Massac State ParkMetropolis, Illinois
76. Franklin Creek State Natural AreaFranklin Grove, Illinois
77. Kaskaskia River State Fish & Wildlife AreaBaldwin, Illinois
78. Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Recreation AreaLena, Illinois
79. Lake Murphysboro State ParkMurphysboro, Illinois
80. Lincoln Trail State ParkMarshall, Illinois
81. Lowden-Miller State ForestOregon, Illinois
82. Marshall State Fish & Wildlife AreaLacon, Illinois
83. Mermet Lake State Fish & Wildlife AreaBelknap, Illinois
84. Middle Fork State Fish & Wildlife AreaOakwood, Illinois
85. Spitler Woods State Natural AreaMt. Zion, Illinois
86. Stephen A. Forbes State Recreation AreaKinmundy, Illinois
87. Trail of Tears State ForestJonesboro, Illinois
88. Tunnel Hill State TrailVienna, Illinois
89. Walnut Point State ParkOakland, Illinois
90. Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation AreaWhittington, Illinois
91. Weldon Springs State ParkClinton, Illinois
92. Major Taylor Paved TrailChicago, Illinois
93. Palos Park WoodsPalos Park, Illinois
94. Lake Avenue WoodsNorthbrook, Illinois
95. Erickson WoodsNorthfield, Illinois
96. River Trail Nature CenterNorthbrook, Illinois
97. Teason's WoodsPalos Hills, Illinois
98. Maple Lake-eastPalos Hills, Illinois
99. Beck LakeDes Plaines, Illinois
100. Eggers GroveChicago, Illinois