Featured HIKING TRAILS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.