It’s nice to get outside and get activity in when there’s a view. It’s even better if that view is water of some sort. Even though we aren’t by oceans, there are still some pretty nice trails on the water here in Illinois. Here are 10 of them.
1. Illinois Beach State Park (Zion)
This park offers 6.5 miles of gorgeous Lake Michigan beach. Walk on the beach or walk on the trails. Terrain is very flat and easy for people of all skill levels.
2. Starved Rock State Park (Oglesby)
You'll see a few water features at this park. But be sure to check out the stunning views of the Illinois River.
3. Chicago Lakefront Trail (Chicago)
Is there anything cooler than getting your workout in and having the lake on one side and buildings on the other? This might be the coolest urban trail in the country.
4. Old Chain of Rocks Bridge (Madison, IL to St. Louis, MO)
If you want a water view, it doesn't get better than Old Chain of Rocks Bridge. Yes, you really travel over the Mississippi from one state to another.
5. St. Charles
This quaint, small town has a lot to offer, but we really love the river views. Just walking by the river in town will make you feel incredibly happy.
6. Hebron Trail (McHenry County)
The Hebron Trail takes you through farmlands, meadows and wetlands. The wetlands offer a pretty stunning view.
7. Mississippi Palisades State Park (Savanna)
We would be remiss by not including this incredible state park. Look off from giant bluffs onto the Mississippi River for an incredible view.
8. Lake of the Woods (Mahomet)
This 900 acre county park offers a scenic trail and pretty bridge over water. The park also has a carillon and a botanical garden.
9. Heron Pond (Vienna)
This boardwalk is like nothing you've ever experienced before, as you make your way through the bog and past the giant trees. Some of the trees are over 1,000 years old.
10. Fox River Trail (Kane County)
This trail spans through many towns and is contained mostly in Kane County. Enjoy 40 miles of awesome hiking and biking along the river.