Best Hiking Trails around Normal, IL

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Argyle Lake State Park

640 Argyle Park Road
Colchester, IL
Known as a fisherman's delight, Argyle Lake State Park has a full complement of recreational opportunities. Just 7 miles from Macomb, Argyle Lake a...
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Ballard Nature Center

5253 East US Highway 40
Altamont, IL
Our HistoryThe history of Ballard Nature Center originates with the nature center's namesake Mr. Ernest "Ernie" Ballard. Ernie Ballard had a dream ...
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Bartlett Nature Center

2054 West Stearns Road
Bartlett, IL
Mission Statement:We Create Fun!...by providing the finest in Parks, Programs, and Recreational Facilities for our Community. The Bartlett Nature C...
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Beaver Dam State Park

14548 Beaver Dam Lane
Plainview, IL
The lake became a well-known fishing spot in the early 1890s, when 18 men from the Carlinville area formed a Beaver Dam Lake Club. They spent $2,50...
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Big Foot Beach State Park

1550 S. Lake Shore Drive
Lake Geneva, WI
This 271-acre park on the shore of Geneva Lake offers wooded campsites, a sand beach, 6.5 miles of hiking trails and picnic areas. No alcoholic bev...
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Big River State Forest

Big River State Forest in western Illinois’ Henderson County is 8 miles north of Oquawka on the Oquawka-Keithsburg blacktop. The forest is ma...
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Black Hawk State Historic Site

1510 46th Avenue
Rock Island, IL
Singing Bird Nature Center, a smaller lodge building, is used for programs sponsored by the Citizens to Preserve Black Hawk Park Foundation. The si...
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Blackwell Forest Preserve

Butterfield Road
Warrenville, IL
Visitors hiking through Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville walk on land that the retreating Wisconsin Glacier shaped 12,000 to 15,000 years a...
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Busse Woods

3079 Golf Road
Rolling Meadows, IL
The Busse Forest Paved Trail is an eight-mile paved loop trail, perfect for biking and rollerblading. It traverses the majority of the preserve, wi...
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Cabin Nature Center

111 South Wood Dale Road
Wood Dale, IL
The White Oaks Nature Trail is available for you to enjoy the natural surroundings as you walk, jog or bike on this interpretive loop trail. You ca...
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Cap Sauers and Swallow Cliff Loop

La Grange Road
Palos Park, IL
Swallow Cliff Woods is best known for its dramatic “front lawn,” which leads up a steep, 100-foot-tall bluff. The bluff creates one of ...
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Cecil M. Harden Lake (Raccoon SRA)

1588 S. Raccoon Parkway
Rockville, IN
Native forest and large rock outcrops line the upper part of Big Raccoon Creek. Cecil M. Harden Lake resulted from the damming of the creek for flo...
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Chain O' Lakes State Park: West Hike

8916 Wilmot Rd
Spring Grove, IL
Chain O'Lakes has four trail systems. The Nature's Way hiking trail starts at Oak Grove Picnic Area and is 2 ¼ miles in length. The Pike Marsh Nort...
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Chicago Botanic Garden Hike

I-94 to Deerfield Road
Northbrook, IL
At the southern edge of the Chicago Botanic Garden, visitors can connect with the 20.1-mile North Branch Trail. One of the great urban pathways of ...
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Chouteau Island Nature Trail

These unique nature hiking trails haverecently been sculpted into the Chouteau Island wildernessjust below the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge.The Choute...
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Deer Grove

Head east on US-14 E toward Cumnor Ave
Palatine, IL
Deer Grove’s rolling upland forest is interspersed with wooded ravines and wetlands. Picturesque creeks meander through this tract, draining upland...
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Detweiller Park

8327 North Galena Road
Peoria, IL
This massive park is a popular multi-use destination for Peoria area residents who enjoy golfing, soccer, volleyball, hiking, birding, and many oth...
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Donnelley/Depue State Fish and Wildlife Area

1001 West 4th Street
DePue, IL
The Donnelley/DePue State Fish and Wildlife Areas complex is managed primarily for migratory waterfowl. Frank C. Bellrose, world-renown waterfowl e...
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Eagle Creek State Recreation Area

2341 Eagle Creek Rd
Findlay, IL
In east central Illinois--just minutes from Springfield, Decatur, Champaign, Effingham and surrounding communities--the Eagle Creek/Wolf Creek site...
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