Best Illinois Hiking Trails

Illinois has 17 hikes.

  October 11, 2018

Located in the US, the hiking in Illinois offers over fifteen hikes. The best Illinois hiking based on popularity are considered to be River-To-River Trail - East, Kickapoo State Park, Garden Of The Gods, Cedar Lake Trail System, and Kinkaid Lake Trail. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Illinois hiking trail below.

Where Can I Hike In Illinois?

FEATURED:  Kinkaid Lake Trail

  Shawnee National Forest, Illinois

  July 31, 2016

West of Murphysboro near Ava in the Shawnee National Forest, the Kinkaid Lake Trail is a 15 mile (one-way) hiking trail along the western shore of Kinkaid Lake. The trail is pbazled with white diamonds.

FEATURED:  Cedar Lake Trail System

  Shawnee National Forest, Illinois

  August 21, 2016

South of Murphysboro in the Shawnee National Forest, the Cedar Lake Trail System consists of three hiking routes totalling 14 miles. The trail system rolls along the hills on the west side of Ceder Lake.

FEATURED:  Garden Of The Gods

  Shawnee National Forest, Illinois

  April 6, 2018

Southeast of Harrisburg near Murphysboro in the Shawnee National Forest, there are several hiking trails through the Garden Of The Gods, a 3,300 acre wilderness area with old-growth forest. The 5.5 mile Garden Of The Gods Trail is especially nice.

FEATURED:  Mississippi Palisades State Park


  July 1, 2016

Northwest of Chicago and Savana, the 2,500 acre Mississippi Palisades State Park is a regional favorite for its hiking trails through wooded ravines and past steep cliffs. Its best known for its rugged 13 mile trail system and for its rock climbing. The five trails in the northern part of the park are generally wider and less strenuous than the five in the south.

FEATURED:  Apple River Canyon State Park


  June 27, 2016

Northwest of Chicago and Apple River in Jo Davies County, the 300 acre Apple River Canyon State Park has miles of hiking trails rolling through deep ravines. The trail system consists of five routes: Pine Ridge Trail, Tower Rock Trail, River Route Trail, Sunset Trail and the Primrose Trail.

FEATURED:  Moraine Hills State Park


  August 6, 2016

Northwest of Chicago and south of McHenry, the 1,600 acre Moraine Hills State Park has a rolling 11 mile trail system. The crushed limestone covered trails are one-way and color coded. There are three main loops including Lake Definance (red - 3.7 miles), Leather Leaf Bog (blue - 3.2 miles) and Fox River (yellow - 2 miles).

FEATURED:  Palos Hills Forest Preserve


  October 11, 2018

Southwest of Chicago near Palos Hills, the 6500 acre Palos Hills Forest Preserve has dozens of multi-use hiking trails through hardwood forests that are shared with mountain bikers and horseback riders. There are more than 50 miles of singletracks and doubletrack.

FEATURED:  Argyle Lake State Park


  July 6, 2016

North of Colchester in McDonough County, the Argyle Lake State Park has a rugged 5 mile network of hiking trails. The 12 trail system wind through scenic oak-hickory timber and pine trees that cover rolling terrain and steep hillsides.

FEATURED:  Loud Thunder Forest Preserve


  July 14, 2016

Near Illinois City in Rock Island County, the 1,731 acre Loud Thunder Forest Preserve has 8 miles of hiking trails that are shared with mountain bikers and horseback riders. There is a 6 mile loop which rolls and winds through forest and ravines.

FEATURED:  Eagle Creek State Park


  June 24, 2016

Northwest of Windsor in Shelby County, the 2,200 acre Eagle Creek State Park has a 12 mile backpacking trails. The hiking trail offers rolling terrain, dense woods and open meadows.