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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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Little Grand Canyon Trail
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4 Completed 5 Reviews

WOW! What can I say that others haven't already said about this place? Well worth the drive and taking a wrong turn! FYI....when you come to the Y take it right and you are there.....take it left and you come to the mobile home with the grave in the front yard and you've gone too far! Turn around and go back! Don't ask for directions! LOL This place is great. Did the whole 3.6 miles. Well worth your time and effort!

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Braidwood Dunes and Savanna Loop
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44 Completed 1 Reviews

Maybe it will be better when things bloom. Trail around the marsh was too muddy to try.

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Van Patten Woods LCFP
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

The trail is nice. There aren't really any hills, for Illinois that is. Most of the trail has horse prints so watch your feet when running, walking would be easy. This will probably go away after a good rain. I ran the entire trail and once the leaves come in it will be awesome. I will be going back.

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Tour de Fox Ridge
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

We have hiked this park several times and we always love it! It's maintained fairly well; we did encounter some blowdown and a bridge out, but we maneuvered through it all just fine. I probably wouldn't label the trails as "very difficult" but there are quite a few steps. It's a beautiful state park only an hour from us.

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Chief Illini Trail
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

We just hiked an hour in and an hour back out, at a pretty quick pace, but we have plans to hike the whole thing in the next month. If you start at Eagle Creek SP, like we did, you will need to cross the road from where you park to find the trail head. Trail maintenance is lacking, but not surprising considering our state's finances. We actually LOVED this trail, and felt like we were way out in the timber for once instead of just off the road. There were a few spots that we had to hunt for the orange tags tied around the trees, to mark the trail.

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Starved Rock
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Not a difficult trail. Hardest part is some stairs they have. This appears to be a pretty good trail for Illinois but can't compare to the trails I've grown accustomed to in sc, ga, nc.
The trail can be very overcrowded so if you don't like lots of people and kids everywhere then don't go here or go on a weekday.
I did get some nice fresh air and see a bald eagle.

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Indian Point trail
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4 Completed 5 Reviews

I give this trail a 5 star rating! Loved it! Cant get enough of this place. Didn't want to leave and when I did I found out there were other trails to hike nearby! This trail has awesome views and scenery. Did not get the opportunity to camp here but plan on going back on Easter weekend to do just that! Highly recommended.

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Washington County State Recreation Area
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4 Completed 5 Reviews

I only did the 2 miles through the woods portion of this trail. Unless your into walking the 5 miles of pavement, skip this portion. Hilly and steep in some portions. The trail hasn't been taking care of in awhile and there are quite a few obstructions throughout. We drove the 5 miles of road to get to the wooded trail head portion and if you don't know what you're looking for you could pass it by on the little gravel road you travel down to get there. During high water forget about it though! We parked at the top of the hill that the gravel road comes to before it meets pavement again. The trail is well marked with white arrow type markers high upon the trees. Different species of trees you will find marked also. The trail comes out at The Shady Rest Camping Area and continues back onto the road in the park again. Not a bad little trail and would probably more inviting when things green up again.

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Rend Lake
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4 Completed 5 Reviews

I am new to this site and have the app loaded on my smartphone but did not use the app on this hike. I completed a small portion of this trail from just past the Ranger Station to Rend Lake Resort and back. A very nice trail. Weather was cold and gloomy that day and cut things short. Looking forward to backpacking this full trail one day on camping.

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Rend Lake
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4 Completed 5 Reviews

I am new to this site and have the app loaded on my smartphone but did not use the app on this hike. I completed a small portion of this trail from just past the Ranger Station to Rend Lake Resort and back. A very nice trail. Weather was cold and gloomy that day and cut things short. Looking forward to backpacking this full trail one day on camping.

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