Illinois - Outdoor Activities

Illinois has approximately 589 trails, including 188 hiking trails and 137 for road biking. These trails range from 0 to 122 miles in length. The most popular trails are Chicago Lakeshore Path: North Hike, Greene Valley Forest Preserve Loop and Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie Hike. The last Trails.com member to complete a trail in Illinois was Chris E. who completed Starved Rock State Park: West Hike.

  • Rock Cut State ParkView Trail Details

    8 Reviews

    Loves Park, IL

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    Located in Loves Park, just northeast of Rockford. There are ten miles of trails at Rock Cut, seven of which are open to mountain bikers-the ...

  • Piney Creek Ravine Nature Preserve.View Trail Details

    6 Reviews

    Willisville, IL

    • Hiking  
    •  2–3 hours
    •  2.25 miles
    •  Guide

    Piney Creek Ravine’s secretive canyons hide the biggest display of prehistoric petroglyphs and pictographs in Illinois. When you descend into ...

  • Illinois and Michigan Canal State TrailView Trail Details

    5 Reviews

    Rockdale, IL

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  122 miles
    •  Guide

    The trail begins in Rockdale and makes its way through Channahon, Morris, Seneca, Marseilles, Ottawa, and Utica before finishing in LaSalle. ...

  • I & M Canal State TrailView Trail Details

    5 Reviews

    Willow Springs, IL

    • Road Biking  
    •  11 miles
    •  Guide

    The entire stretch of the I & M Canal State Trail is 61 miles. It runs from Joliet to La Salle, though some parts are for hiking. The portion ...

  • Swallow Cliff WoodsView Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    LaGrange, IL

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    Located at the Palos Forest Preserve off IL 83, 0.5 mile west of US 45. If you follow the main gravel loop, about a seven-mile trip, you'll ride ...

  • Illinois Prairie PathView Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Maywood, IL

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  122 miles
    •  Guide

    The eastern trailhead is at 1st Avenue in Maywood. The Wheaton intersection point, the middle, is often considered the starting point. The trail's ...

  • Chicago Lakeshore Path: North HikeView Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Lincolnwood, IL

    • Hiking  
    •  3–4 hours
    •  5.75 miles
    •  Guide

    Harbors, beaches, and the lake itself serve as the backdrop for a dazzling skyline. Some sections of this path provide just a seawall with a ...

  • Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie HikeView Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Elwood, IL

    • Hiking  
    •  2–2 .5 hours
    •  5.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Formerly the largest ammunition-production plant in the world, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is now the biggest—and perhaps the most tranquil—piece ...

  • Farmdale Recreation AreaView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Peoria, IL

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    Located in East Peoria, ten minutes from Peoria. You can do two kinds of rides at Farmdale Recreation Area. For those of you looking for an easy ...

  • Chain O' Lakes State ParkView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Antioch, IL

    • Road Biking  
    •  6.2 miles
    •  Guide

    The Chain O' Lakes bike path is a winding north-south ribbon linking three screened-limestone loops. It's well marked, well kept, and far removed ...

  • Kickapoo State ParkView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Danville, IL

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  6.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Kickapoo State Park is in Oakwood, 10 miles west of Danville. There are 600 acres set aside for mountain bike use. Currently (1999), six and ...

  • Kinkaid Lake--Buttermilk HillView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Murphysboro, IL

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  30 miles
    •  Guide

    Located in Shawnee National Forest, 7.5 miles west of Murphysboro. This roughly 15-mile one-way (30 miles total) out-and-back features some aggressive ...

  • Lincoln Park RideView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Chicago, IL

    • Road Biking  
    •  7.9 miles
    •  Guide

    This ride brings you through some of the best parks just west of Lake Shore Drive. It also brings you through one of the most affluent areas ...

  • Des Plaines TrailView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Des Plaines, IL

    • Road Biking  
    •  20.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Connected to the less developed Indian Boundary Trail, the Des Plaines Trail continues to run along the Des Plaines River. The best place to ...

  • Buffalo Rock State Park HikeView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Ottawa, IL

    • Hiking  
    •  1 .5 hours
    •  2.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Located on a bluff overlooking the Illinois River, this small but charming park is home to an enormous outdoor sculpture. Mounds representing ...

  • Glacial Park and VicinityView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    McHenry, IL

    • Birding  
    •  Guide

    Getting to some of the prime birding spots in this 2,806-acre gem in northern McHenry County requires a 1- to 1.5-mile hike in some instances. ...

  • Mississippi Palisades State ParkView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Savanna, IL

    • Birding  
    •  Guide

    In a typical year, you can find 180 to 190 species of birds within the Mississippi Palisades State Park and adjacent river areas. Nearly 100 ...

  • Giant City State ParkView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Carbondale, IL

    • Birding  
    •  Guide

    Some of southern Illinois’ best birding is done at springtime in Giant City State Park, although breeding season has its own rewards. Within ...

  • Waterfall GlenView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Darien, IL

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  8.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This ride is located south of Interstate 55 in Darien. You'll love this scenic, eight-and-a-half-mile loop. One of the most popular multi-purpose ...

  • Deer GroveView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Palatine, IL

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  8.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Located in Palatine, off Dundee Road. If you're north of Chicago, Deer Grove is where you should go to get some mountain bike action. While ...

  • Chicago Lakeshore Path: South HikeView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Chicago, IL

    • Hiking  
    •  2 .5 hours
    •  4.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Enjoy stunning views of the downtown skyline as you hike along this strip of parkland that links the city and the lake. Pass Chicago landmarks ...

  • Blackwell Forest Preserve HikeView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Warrenville, IL

    • Hiking  
    •  2–3 hours
    •  6.3 miles
    •  Guide

    The most pristine landscape at Blackwell Forest Preserve is in the vicinity of McKee Marsh, an expansive wetland cradled in prairie and savanna. ...

  • Camp OndessonkView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Glendale, IL

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    Located about 20 minutes south of Harrisburg. This is a 9-mile loop; mostly single- or doubletrack with some dirt road. The scenery on this route ...

  • Chicago Boulevard Lakefront RambleView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Chicago, IL

    • Road Biking  
    •  34.8 miles
    •  Guide

    A bike tour in downtown Chicago? You must be crazy! A reasonable reaction if you've ever been in the Windy City on a weekday. But on a Sunday ...

  • Lakefront SouthView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Chicago, IL

    • Road Biking  
    •  25 miles
    •  Guide

    East of Lake Shore Drive is the land of milk and honey. There's no better place for city dwellers who need to get away in a flash. Composed almost ...

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