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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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40 Completed 1 Reviews

Wonderful trail. By far one of my favorites in the STL area. Descending and ascending the canyon can be slippery so use caution. The elevation grade in these specific areas are moderately steep so be prepared. Well worth the drive.

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Starved Rock
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

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Chicago Botanic Garden Hike
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

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Tekakwitha - Fox River Hike
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Beautiful in autumn! A lot of bikers, but they are accommodating and share the trail once you get out of the woods and hit the bike path. Very serene with the river on one side and train tracks on the other. Love this trail, highly recommend.

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Inspiration Point Trail - Shawnee National Forest
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57 Completed 28 Reviews

Inspiration Point is a good hike that offers a panoramic view of the Mississippi River Valley just west of the Clear Springs & Bald Know Wilderness areas. We made a 1.5 mile out and back instead of the .75 trail that goes thru an impressive forest comprised of poplar, white oak, maple, and hickory trees. Be aware of windy conditions atop the bluffs. There is a narrow ( and dangerous) path to a very large rock overlooking the bluffs.

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Lusk Creek Nature Preserve trail
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57 Completed 28 Reviews

Although this trail starts out easy through pine stands and old farmstead roads, the Indian Gardens and Lusk Creek Nature makes it worth the hike. This hike, out and back, can also extend to numerous other trails throughout the Lusk Creek Wilderness area. It offers great overnight backpacking opportunities.

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Giant City Nature Trail
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57 Completed 28 Reviews

The Giant City Nature Trail is a moderate hiking trail located within the Giant City State Park trail system near Makanda, IL, The trail is very popular and the rock outcroppings are perfect for wildlife viewing, photography, and exploring with children.

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Jackson Falls, Illinois
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57 Completed 28 Reviews

Jackson Falls trails is an east out and back trail located just off of Glen Street Falls Rd in the Shawnee National Forest. The upper trail 048 follows along the ridge above the falls and intersects with the 049 trail loop near the railroad. For those looking for a longer hike, a longer loop is easy accessible by taking the 049 trail below the falls and exiting the gorge with the 048 trail. Unless you are a climber, there is no exit except to climb the rocks near Jackson Falls. It is unmarked and really hard to find.

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Garden of the Gods Observation Trail
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57 Completed 28 Reviews

This is a great trail with outstanding views of the Garden of the Gods Wilderness. Interesting rock formations, rock overhangs and scenic vistas are common on this short well maintained trail. The flagstone trail can be slippery when wet.

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Starved Rock
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Thought this park was great! I went on a weekday so it was not very crowded. Parked in the eastern-most parking lot, walked to the lodge and walked back. Beautiful scenery and trails were numerous. There are many canyons with options to walk the rims or the floor. There were no waterfalls because it had not rained in a while. I will definitely do this one again.

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