The Best Hikes in Illinois

Carl Anderson at Cache River State Natural Area
Cache River State Natural Area, Johnson County, IllinoisCache River State Natural AreaJohnson County, IllinoisOne of the northermost cypress swamps in the States, the Cache River State Natural area is home to Cypress trees that are over 1000 years old. This...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...Annawan, IllinoisAnnawanIllinoisI've been so sick this past week, but finally felt good enough to get out on a short hike today. This little muskrat greeted me as soon as I got on...Hennepin Canal, Henry County, IllinoisHennepin CanalHenry County, IllinoisI have so many different photos of these barge tie-offs in many different seasons. I have been hiking this canal for 30+ years, and they just have...Geneseo Prairie Park, Geneseo, IllinoisGeneseo Prairie ParkGeneseo, IllinoisEvery time I hike in Geneseo's Prairie Park I am amazed at the beauty around me! This beautiful widow skimmer was very cooperative when I snapped...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....Sheffield, IllinoisSheffieldIllinoisThis is the canal that I have stomped for 35 years! I have been coming to various places on this canal since I was 9 and have many fond memories....Geneseo, IllinoisGeneseoIllinoisOne of my favorite things to do is photograph insects. I found this signal fly along the Hennepin Canal near Lock 26. The canal is a great place to...Geneseo, IllinoisGeneseoIllinoisThis is a partridge bug that I found while hiking in a restored prairie area in Geneseo, IL.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...Hennepin Canal, Henry County, IllinoisHennepin CanalHenry County, IllinoisLock 26 on the Hennepin Canal The Hennepin Canal is over 75 miles long and has 33 locks. It is a great place for hiking, biking, fishing, and...Sheffield, IllinoisSheffieldIllinoisThis muskrat was fleeing the ugly guy with the camera:) This photo was taken at the Hennepin Canal State Park Museum area. This is a great area for...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.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.Colona, IllinoisColonaIllinoisThe Hennepin Canal has a wonderful bike/hiking trail that runs beside it. It is a great place to enjoy the beauty of the midwest. While hiking I...Lake Catherine, IllinoisLake CatherineIllinoisWaterfallGeneseo Prairie Park, Geneseo, IllinoisGeneseo Prairie ParkGeneseo, IllinoisThis white-throated sparrow was spotted at Prairie Park in Geneseo, Illinois. Along with the prairie, there is a woodland area with hiking trails....Galena, IllinoisGalenaIllinoisTaken at Millers Landing across from Palisades Park. In the late Spring Bald Eagles start to migrate through looking for areas of open ice to fish....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...
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