Hiking in northern Illinois: Don't miss these 5 hikes 

Northern Illinois is home to some amazing cities, museums and State Parks. It's also a great places for hiking. 

Here we share a list  of the hikes you shouldn't miss while visiting this fantastic area.

1 Glacial Park Loop 

This winding trail loops around 2 lakes and is great for all skill levels. The interconnecting trails make it easy to shorten or lengthen it. 

2 Saint Louis Canyon

This wonderful hike brings you along some smaller canyons and ends at the St Louis Canyon, the highest canyon in Starved Rock State Park. 

3 Pierce Lake Trail

This lakeside views trail is found in Rock Cut State Park. Hikers love the amazing lake views. 

Lake Defiance Trail


This family-friendly hike brings you through woods and wetlands. It is perfect for bird and animal spotting. 

Buffalo viewing trail


This great trail passes endless prairies. Often grazing buffalos can be seen. It is one of the best trails for spotting these animals. 

Swipe up to learn more about these and other amazing hikes in northern Illinois.

Photo credits:

-Pic 6: Lectrician2 -Pic 7: James Jordan