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1,378 mi 2,218 km of trail 32 Runs

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gem Favorite Thunderbird Effigy Mound was constructed by Native Americans 1000 years ago, with over a 200 foot wingspan!

Thunderbird Effigy Mound

(1) Galena, IL
gem Favorite View of Burden Falls looking into breakdown.

Burden Falls

(3) Carrier…, IL
gem Favorite The Mississippi River meanders in the distance on a beautiful fall day.

Cooke Overlook

(3) Galena, IL
gem Favorite A rare ice climbing adventure in Southern Illinois.

Indian Kitchen

(2) Golconda, IL
gem Favorite The Mississippi River meanders in the distance on a beautiful fall day.

Council Ring

(3) Galena, IL
gem Favorite Taking a break in Saltpeter Cave.

Saltpeter Cave

(2) Harrisburg, IL
gem Favorite Just a walk through Lusk Wilderness

Secret Canyon

(2) Harrisburg, IL
gem Favorite Natural Bridge

Natural Bridge

(2) Harrisburg, IL

Runs in Illinois - 32

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Favorite The trail is full of life and diversity.
Easy/Intermediate

The Chicago Outerbelt Route

208.3 mi 335.3 km • Loop • 1,652 ft Ascent 503.43 m Ascent

(2) Chicago, IL
Favorite LaSalle Canyon Waterfall.
Intermediate

Starved Rock Loop

5.1 mi 8.1 km • Loop • 493 ft Ascent 150.12 m Ascent

(24) Deer Park, IL
Favorite Oak trees begin to leaf out in a well-managed oak woodland. With plenty of sunlight, the spring wildflowers are abundant.
Easy/Intermediate

Sag Valley Main Trail

8.5 mi 13.6 km • Loop • 364 ft Ascent 110.8 m Ascent

(20) Palos Park, IL
Favorite I lived 20 mins from this park until I was 19 years old. I never knew about it until I came back home when I was 30 years old. An overcast morning long exposure on the Canyon Trail.
Easy/Intermediate

Matthiessen State Park Loop

2.7 mi 4.4 km • Loop • 164 ft Ascent 49.97 m Ascent

(14) Deer Park, IL
Favorite The water-eroded underside of one of the sandstone bluffs juts out over the riverbed trail.
Intermediate

River To River Trail: Garden of the Gods Wilderness Section

5.4 mi 8.7 km • Point to Point • 516 ft Ascent 157.15 m Ascent

(8) Rosiclare, IL
Favorite An algae covered pond along the Waterfall Glen Main Trail.
Easy/Intermediate

Waterfall Glen Main Trail

9.7 mi 15.6 km • Loop • 259 ft Ascent 78.82 m Ascent

(28) Darien, IL
Favorite Watching the Chicago Air and Water show from the Lakefront. Near Diversey Ave looking south.
Easy

Chicago Lakefront Trail

18.4 mi 29.6 km • Point to Point • 154 ft Ascent 47.07 m Ascent

(9) Lincoln…, IL
Favorite No Photos
Intermediate/Difficult

Spring Lake Park

9.4 mi 15.1 km • Loop • 733 ft Ascent 223.54 m Ascent

(1) Macomb, IL

Trails in Illinois - 529

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1.9 mi 3.0 km #1Salt Lick Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Valmeyer, IL
Intermediate/Difficult
1.9 mi 3.0 km Valmeyer, IL
1.3 mi 2.1 km #2Trillium Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Carbondale, IL
Intermediate/Difficult
1.3 mi 2.1 km Carbondale, IL
2.2 mi 3.6 km #3South Loop Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Paxton, IL
Easy/Intermediate
2.2 mi 3.6 km Paxton, IL
0.3 mi 0.5 km #4Merrill Woods Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Hanna City, IL
Easy/Intermediate
0.3 mi 0.5 km Hanna City, IL
3.0 mi 4.9 km #5Little Grand Canyon Loop
Intermediate/Difficult
Murphysboro, IL
Intermediate/Difficult
3.0 mi 4.9 km Murphysboro, IL 12 
14.0 mi 22.5 km #6Mississippi River Greenway: North Riverfront Trail
Easy/Intermediate
St. Louis, MO
Easy/Intermediate
14.0 mi 22.5 km St. Louis, MO
4.7 mi 7.6 km #7Mississippi River Trail
Easy
Oakville, MO
Easy
4.7 mi 7.6 km Oakville, MO
0.9 mi 1.4 km #8River Bluff Trail
Intermediate
Oakville, MO
Intermediate
0.9 mi 1.4 km Oakville, MO
0.7 mi 1.1 km #9Indian Creek Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Cobden, IL
Intermediate/Difficult
0.7 mi 1.1 km Cobden, IL
3.6 mi 5.8 km #10Trail 7
Intermediate
Metamora, IL
Intermediate
3.6 mi 5.8 km Metamora, IL
2.9 mi 4.7 km #11Red Loop
Easy
Kildeer, IL
Easy
2.9 mi 4.7 km Kildeer, IL
2.9 mi 4.7 km #12Floodplain Trail
Easy
Hanna City, IL
Easy
2.9 mi 4.7 km Hanna City, IL
2.3 mi 3.8 km #13Rat Trail
Difficult
Macomb, IL
Difficult
2.3 mi 3.8 km Macomb, IL
0.1 mi 0.2 km #14Eagle Ridge
Intermediate
East Peoria, IL
Intermediate
0.1 mi 0.2 km East Peoria, IL
0.7 mi 1.1 km #15Prairie Wolf Forest Preserve Trail
Easy
Bannockburn, IL
Easy
0.7 mi 1.1 km Bannockburn, IL
1.2 mi 2.0 km #16Black Trail
Easy
Kildeer, IL
Easy
1.2 mi 2.0 km Kildeer, IL
1.2 mi 2.0 km #17Outer Loop
Intermediate
Ingalls Park, IL
Intermediate
1.2 mi 2.0 km Ingalls Park, IL
3.3 mi 5.3 km #18Trail B
Intermediate/Difficult
Marshall, IL
Intermediate/Difficult
3.3 mi 5.3 km Marshall, IL
2.3 mi 3.8 km #19Waukegan Savanna Forest Preserve Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Wadsworth, IL
Easy/Intermediate
2.3 mi 3.8 km Wadsworth, IL
0.5 mi 0.9 km #20Half Day Forest Preserve Trail
Easy
Lincolnshire, IL
Easy
0.5 mi 0.9 km Lincolnshire, IL

Photos of Illinois - 353

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Some of the bizarre, organic shapes carved into the sandstone of the cliffs lining the riverbanks.
Oct 10, 2016 near Murphys…, IL
Looking south over Karber's Ridge.
Oct 24, 2017 near Rosiclare, IL
LaSalle Canyon Waterfall.
Jun 13, 2016 near Deer Park, IL
I lived 20 mins from this park until I was 19 years old. I never knew about it until I came back home when I was 30 years old. An overcast morning long exposure on the Canyon Trail.
Sep 11, 2017 near Deer Park, IL
View of the park and river from the overlook along the River Bluff Trail at Cliff Cave County Park
Dec 29, 2015 near Oakville, MO
Bluff overlook along Salt Lick Point.
May 3, 2017 near Valmeyer, IL
French Canyon.
Jun 13, 2016 near Deer Park, IL
The water-eroded underside of one of the sandstone bluffs juts out over the riverbed trail.
Oct 10, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL

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