The Best Hikes near Evanston

Bill Eaker at Buffalo Rock State Park
Starved Rock, LaSalle County, IllinoisStarved RockLaSalle County, Illinoisstarved rock, illinois, 2014Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary, Chicago, IllinoisMontrose Point Bird SanctuaryChicago, IllinoisIn the Fall the monarchs migrate down the shoreline. I found this colorful flower full of monarchs and a bee came through at the last minute. I...Buffalo Rock State Park, LaSalle County, IllinoisBuffalo Rock State ParkLaSalle County, IllinoisBiking the trails across from Buffalo Rock today. There are 4 campsites on this trail that I will need to revisit when it gets a bit warmer....White Pines Forest State Park, Ogle County, IllinoisWhite Pines Forest State ParkOgle County, IllinoisThis is one of the bridge footings at White Pines Forest State Park. This is a really interesting park in which you actually have to drive through...Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary, Chicago, IllinoisMontrose Point Bird SanctuaryChicago, IllinoisA ruby throated hummingbird on a wildflower perched on a leaf drinking nectar. I always struggle with shutter speed as these birds are so quick.Fabyan Forest Preserve, Geneva, IllinoisFabyan Forest PreserveGeneva, IllinoisThere is some interesting history surrounding this unique area located along the Fox River. It is a fun place to hike.Lake Catherine, IllinoisLake CatherineIllinoisWaterfallMt. Pisgah, Holland, MI, Ottawa County, MichiganMt. Pisgah, Holland, MIOttawa County, MichiganView of the Holland State Park from the Mt. Pisgah dune boardwalk in Holland, MI. Great place for an easy hike.Matthiessen State Park, LaSalle County, IllinoisMatthiessen State ParkLaSalle County, IllinoisAbsolutely beautiful yet fairly easy area to hike! We went in August when the riverbeds were dry but normally there is a stunning waterfall by the...Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary, Chicago, IllinoisMontrose Point Bird SanctuaryChicago, IllinoisA tree sparrow feeding on the native grasses planted at Montrose Point. I love the diversity of sparrows.Rock Cut State Park, Loves Park, IllinoisRock Cut State ParkLoves Park, IllinoisGreat place to come and camp you can do biking, hiking, rent boasts as much more.Half Day Forest Preserve, Lake County, IllinoisHalf Day Forest PreserveLake County, IllinoisGreat place for hiking , Lincolnshire , ILPikes Peak, CO, Chicago, IllinoisPikes Peak, COChicago, IllinoisHiking through the storm! Gorgeous colorsNew York Bagel & Bialy Corporation, Lincolnwood, IllinoisNew York Bagel & Bialy CorporationLincolnwood, IllinoisGreat NY style bagels aren't just in New York, although you may have to go to the suburbs for them :) These bagels are worth the hike though....Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Wilmington, IllinoisMidewin National Tallgrass PrairieWilmington, IllinoisMidewin National Tallgrass prairie is a lovely gem full of hiking trails and empty munitions bunkers. We enjoy the wide open spaces and crushed...Lake Geneva, WisconsinLake GenevaWisconsinSituated about 2 h drive NW of Chicago, this small charming town offers plenty of things to keep anyone busy. Rent a boat ($200 for 2 h) , take a...Riverwest, Milwaukee, WisconsinRiverwestMilwaukee, WisconsinRiverside ParkWarren Woods State Park, Berrien County, MichiganWarren Woods State ParkBerrien County, Michigan#beachSaugatuck, MichiganSaugatuckMichiganSmall town on the lake Michigan - many sites, sand dunes, wineries, Art galleries, hiking, walking. Fine dining, fishing- this town has it all. I...Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary, Chicago, IllinoisMontrose Point Bird SanctuaryChicago, IllinoisA handsome tree sparrow feeding on native grasses on a Winter day.
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