The Best Hiking in Chicago

Looking for the best hiking in Chicago? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Chicago. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top hiking spots in and near Chicago

  • Forest View, Illinois

    Salt Creek Greenway

    1.25 mi / 62 ft gain
    Salt Creek Greenway (Black Unpaved Loop) is a loop trail that provides a good opportunity to view wildlife located near Berwyn, Illinois.
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  • North Riverside, Illinois

    Bike the Salt Creek Trail

    5.8 mi
    This trail is 5.8 miles of paved path, which is ideal for biking (especially those of us with road bikes), skating, and even running. The trail runs point-to-point and runs along the Salt Creek in Brookfield, IL. The trailhead is right near the Brookfield Zoo (for anyone with kids!). 
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  • La Grange Park, Illinois

    Salt Creek Greenway Red Paved Trail

    2.02 mi / 46 ft gain
    Salt Creek Greenway Red Paved Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near La Grange Park, Illinois.
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  • River Forest, Illinois

    Trailside Museum and Thatcher Woods Hiking Trail

    0.66 mi / 33 ft gain
    Trailside Museum and Thatcher Woods Hiking Trail is a loop trail that is good for all skill levels located near River Forest, Illinois.
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  • Chicago, Illinois

    Bloomingdale Trail

    5.52 mi / 16 ft gain
    Bloomingdale Trail is an out-and-back trail that is good for all skill levels located near Chicago, Illinois.
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  • Chicago, Illinois

    Chicago Riverwalk to Grant Park

    4.79 mi / 240 ft gain
    Chicago Riverwalk to Grant Park is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Chicago, Illinois.
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  • Chicago, Illinois

    Chicago Walking Tour: Museum and Lakefront

    2.1 mi / 79 ft gain
    Chicago Walking Tour: Museum and Lakefront is an out-and-back trail that is good for all skill levels located near Chicago, Illinois.
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  • Chicago, Illinois

    Millennium Park Trail

    0.63 mi / 26 ft gain
    Millennium Park Trail is a loop trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Chicago, Illinois.
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  • Countryside, Illinois

    Sun Down Meadow

    2.77 mi / 203 ft gain
    Sun Down Meadow is a loop trail that is moderately difficult located near La Grange, Illinois.
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  • Chicago, Illinois

    Hyde Park, Kenwood, and South Shore Neighborhoods Walking Tour

    10.62 mi / 325 ft gain
    Hyde Park, Kenwood, and South Shore Neighborhoods Walking Tour is an out-and-back trail that is good for all skill levels located near Chicago, Illinois.
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  • Chicago, Illinois

    Navy Pier Walk

    1.49 mi / 16 ft gain
    Navy Pier Walk is an out-and-back trail that is good for all skill levels located near Chicago, Illinois.
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  • Chicago, Illinois

    Lincoln Park Trail

    5.01 mi / 177 ft gain
    Lincoln Park Trail is a loop trail that is good for all skill levels located near Chicago, Illinois.
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  • Willow Springs, Illinois

    Spears Woods to Willow Springs Loop

    2.76 mi / 128 ft gain
    Spears Woods to Willow Springs Loop is a loop trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Willow Springs, Illinois.
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  • Oak Brook, Illinois

    Fullersburg and Graue Mill Loop Trail

    3.42 mi / 236 ft gain
    Fullersburg and Graue Mill Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes by a river located near Oak Brook, Illinois.
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  • Oak Brook, Illinois

    Run the Fullersburg Woods Loop

    4.0
    6 mi
    This is a six-mile loop along the banks of the Salt Creek in Oakbrook, IL. The flat trail features trees and wildflowers (great walk to do in autumn). Trail is also good for bike riders. There is a picnic area and the Graue Mill and Museum. Graue Mill is 150 years old and played a part in the Und...
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  • Willow Springs, Illinois

    I & M Canal Trail

    7.79 mi / 33 ft gain
    I & M Canal Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Willow Springs, Illinois.
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