The Best Hikes near Springfield

Bill Eaker at Annawan
Starved Rock, LaSalle County, IllinoisStarved RockLaSalle County, Illinoisstarved rock, illinois, 2014Annawan, 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...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....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...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...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...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...Geneseo, IllinoisGeneseoIllinoisThis is a partridge bug that I found while hiking in a restored prairie area in Geneseo, IL.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...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...St Charles, MissouriSt CharlesMissouriThis was taken in historic St. Charles from the pavilion. There is lots to do here like shopping in uniques stores, various bars and restaurants,...Geneseo 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....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...Lewis And Clark Trail, St. Charles County, MissouriLewis And Clark TrailSt. Charles County, MissouriOk. I'm giving you my best kept secret, close to stl but awesome secret spot. Go south on 94 from 70 west, just past the school is a trail on the...Sunset Park, Florissant, MissouriSunset ParkFlorissant, MissouriThe view from the loop drive at the entrance to Sunset park never fails to be amazing. Even in the winter it's beautiful, and the park benches are...Sand Ridge State Forest, Mason County, IllinoisSand Ridge State ForestMason County, IllinoisGreat hiking, unique sandy soil with remnant desert species such as prickly pear cactus.Peoria Park District Camp Wokanda, Peoria, IllinoisPeoria Park District Camp WokandaPeoria, IllinoisClassic old school scout camp offers year round camping in rustic cabins, Adirondack lean-to's, or tent camping. The trailhead for the 8+ mile long...Forest Park Nature Center, Peoria Heights, IllinoisForest Park Nature CenterPeoria Heights, IllinoisBeautiful hiking trail between Forest Park Nature Center and Grandview Dr.Homer Lake Forest Preserve, Champaign County, IllinoisHomer Lake Forest PreserveChampaign County, IllinoisBeautiful natural area in central Illinois, with fall colors that take your breath away. Easy hike around the lake, and a lovely environmental...
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