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    • Simpson, Illinois

      Climb Up the Trigg Observation Tower

      Trusting in the iron supporting the stairs is difficult until you step on the wood, which soon become your main concern. A fun test for a fear of heights.
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    • Topeka, Illinois

      Backpack the Yellow Trail at Sand Ridge State Forest

      14.8 mi
      Park in Parking lot 2 on E. Co. Rd. 2300 N - from there you'll find the trail head for the Yellow/Red Trails. The Yellow Trail is the large 14.8 mile loop you'll follow for the whole trip. Start your hike by heading north on the trail; at this point the Yellow Trail is combined with the Red Trail...
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    • Evanston, Illinois

      Catch a Sunrise at The Lakefill

      From the Northwestern University campus, head to the Ryan Center for the Musical Arts to access the southern-most section of The Lakefill. If driving, parking is usually available nearby on Sheridan Road, to the southwest of The Lakefill. Once at the Ryan Center, take the pedestrian bridge on the...
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    • Joliet, Illinois

      Hike the Joliet Iron Works Historic Site Trails Loop

      1.3 mi / 26 ft gain
      The Joliet Iron Works Historic Site Trail is typically used for hiking, walking, and birding. If you want to amp up your hike, hop on the Illinois and Michigan Canal Trail, an 11 mile trail connecting the iron works to the Romeoville Prairie Nature Preserve. 
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    • Oak Brook, Illinois

      Run the Fullersburg Woods Loop

      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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    • Chicago, Illinois

      Luire Garden

      0.18 mi / 10 ft gain
      Visiting Chicago I was on a mission to find a great outdoors spot to be in. This definitely fulfilled my goal of finding a beautiful garden to hangout in! There are plenty of different paths and areas to explore just within the city! Location Located in Millennium Park it will be easy to find,...
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    • Willow Springs, Illinois

      Cemetery Hill

      2 mi / 100 ft gain
      Just outside of Chicago the Palos Region of the Cook County Forest Preserve offers a few thousand acres of dirt single track and limestone paths. Here you will find rolling hills and bluff that will rev up your hill workouts. This single track loop is great for mountain biking and trail running...
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    • Willow Springs, Illinois

      Black Oak Trail

      2.64 mi / 148 ft gain
      The trails traverse a rolling glacial highland of oak woods and prairie. The hiking trails connect to miles of multi-use trails where you can hike, mountain bike, cross country ski and snowshoe. Lastly, there is an interpretive center with exhibits about local nature and history. The trailhead...
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    • Elwood, Illinois

      Buffalo Viewing Trail

      3.65 mi / 72 ft gain
      The trail features chances to see bison, and scenic wild flowers. The Buffalo Viewing Trail is in Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, and is open year-round. Dogs are allowed on this trail but must be kept on leash. Old army bunkers are scattered along the trail. The trail winds through a prairi...
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    • Northfield, Illinois

      Bike the Skokie Lagoons North Loop

      4.5 mi
      Starting at Tower Road, the path follows the bridge east to Forest Way Drive. The path mostly follows the road, and the shoreline of the lagoons up to Dundee Road, where you turn back West. Once across the bridge, you then head south on the paved trail back towards Tower Road. The Route is marked...
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    • Oglesby, Illinois

      Red River Loop

      2.57 mi / 266 ft gain
      The Red River Loop in Matthiessen State Park River Area runs alongside the Vermillion River and is typically used by hikers, walkers, and those wishing to see unique birds. The Red River Trail is open for use year-round. The trail winds through beautiful canyons, streams, prairies, and forests in...
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    • Wilmington, Illinois

      Hike the Twin Oaks and Bunker Field Trail

      4.2 mi / 85 ft gain
      The trail is open for use year-round, and is great for snowshoeing in winter months. This trail allows dogs, but please keep your dog on a leash throughout the duration to avoid disturbing the wonderful bison.  Be weary of ticks - bring bug spray for you and your dog. 
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    • Brookfield, Illinois

      Salt Creek Greenway Trail

      13.99 mi / 551 ft gain
      This trail is almost 7 miles one-way (14 miles out-and-back) of paved path, makes for an ideal biking (especially those of us with road bikes), skating, and even running path. The trail runs out-and-back along the Salt Creek in Brookfield, IL. The trailhead is right near the Brookfield Zoo (for a...
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    • Deerfield, Illinois

      Hike the Prairie Wolf Slough Loop

      1.01 mi / 9 ft gain
      Park in the lot off of half day road (see map) to access the trail. Accessible year round, great for all skill levels, and dog-friendly.
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    • Lemont, Illinois

      Kayak the Des Plaines River

      Not the easiest to get in or out of the river at this location, but it works, at least for a kayak. Look out for people using the Centennial trail, and those fishing nearby. Be careful and if you are able, wear good shoes or sandals (not flip flops) with some tread as it can get muddy. Nearby thi...
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    • Des Plaines, Illinois

      Watch the Sunset at Axehead Lake

      In a large city, it's nice to be able to find pockets of nature oasis amidst the chaos. It's great to come here with a journal or sketchbook and pass the time while watching the sunset. Fishing is available at this lake and there is a forest preserve that has a couple small trails. 
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