The Ultimate Guide to Beginner Hiking in Illinois

The Ultimate Guide to Beginner Hiking in Illinois

Thousands of acres of forest, sparkling waterfalls, rolling plains—Illinois is a hiker’s dream. Whether you’re looking for spectacular foliage or a wildlife-observing adventure, look no further. Check out our beginner’s guide to hiking in Illinois.

5 GREAT HIKING TRAILS IN ILLINOIS

Thousands of miles of trails await you. If that sounds intimidating, don’t worry. We're here to help you narrow things down. From waterfalls to prairies to woodlands, here are a few of the very best hiking opportunities in Illinois.

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HIKING BOOTS—SIX GREAT CHOICES YOUR FEET WILL LOVE

As a hiker, the last thing you want is to get all blistered up from a pair of uncomfortable boots. The proper footwear on a hike will make or break your experience. Here are a few of our favorite brands.

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5 STUNNING FOLIAGE HIKES IN ILLINOIS

Lush foliage, astounding geological formations, and so much more. The tremendous foliage hikes of Illinois are something to experience. So what are you waiting for? Get on the trails!

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5 BEST BIRDWATCHING HIKES IN ILLINOIS

Grab those binoculars. When wildlife accompanies your journey, it makes the experience all the more special. Spot great horned owls, hawks, herons, and more on these beautiful birdwatching hikes.

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START YOUR TREK: 10 BEST HIKING RETAILERS IN ILLINOIS

Looking for a good place to pick up those new boots? A backpack? The perfect lightweight jacket? These well-stocked and expertly-run retailers have your back.

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