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Cap Sauers and Swallow Cliff Loop Trail

Palos Park, IL

Palos/Sag Valley Forest Preserve: Cap Sauers and Swallow Cliff Loop is a 4.75 mile loop trail located near Palos Park, Illinois that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, mountain biking & trail running and is accessible year-round.

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One Horse Gap
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50 Completed 44 Reviews

Great Rock outcropping located in Southern IL off the River to River trail. Area is used a lot by hikers and horebackers! Nice campsite located at the bottom of the outcropping.

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Jackson Falls, Illinois
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50 Completed 44 Reviews

Great waterfall and tall bluffs make for an ideal Day Hiking adventure in the area. Truly a Southern IL Gem!

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Garden of the Gods Observation Trail
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50 Completed 44 Reviews

One of the best scenic places in IL. Great view and awesome rock outcroppings. Short distance for the River to River Trail.

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Wauponsee Glacial Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

This is a nice packed limestone and dirt trail thru farm and prarie. A very nice ride in the fall when it isn't windy. You can take it all the way south to the Kankakee state park if you want.

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leroy oaks
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37 Completed 35 Reviews

Enjoyable little path along through trees and along the river. I took my young children there many times for a brief sojourn into nature.

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Salt Lick Point Trail
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Great views over the bluff. Very rocky coming down, but nothing overly challenging.

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Starved Rock
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

The actual "starved rock" is nothing like I remember when i was in high school (early 90's). Used to be able to walk up to the edge of the rocks, really cool, but now the whole thing is enclosed with wooden walkway and railing. I would give it two stars if not for so many hidden canyons and trails that are away from the tourists. I almost don't want to give it away, but I will... Aurora Canyon. You can get to the bottoom by trail, but the map shows it rather poorly. Best hike ever.

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Ryerson Woods Hike
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

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Salt Lick Point Trail
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38 Completed 1 Reviews

Muddy but it was February. Excellent views

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Indian Point trail
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9 Completed 7 Reviews

Great short hike after visiting Garden of the Gods Observation Trail. There is plenty of scenery and elevation to make you appreciate being in Shawnee National Forest. This is a short hike at 1.5miles to 2 miles, although at times it felt longer. There were plenty of places to stop for a picnic, and during January 2015, the trail lacked markers in places, but you could discern the path through the leaves just barely. There were also a few caves to check out along the trail as well, and walking through the pines when you loop back on this lollipop trail was pretty cool too.

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