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12 Picturesque Trails In Illinois That Are Perfect For Winter Hiking

While the weather outside might seem frightful to some, for all you snow bunnies out there it’s time to put on your winter hiking boots and get ready to enjoy the beautiful wintry elements that this great state has to offer. There is something about a hike through these wintry fairylands and watching the world around you covered in a beautiful powdering of snow-kissed wonderment that is sure to change the way you feel about wintertime in Illinois (even if Jack Frost is nipping at your nose).

There are so many striking places to check out in the Prairie State during these frosty months. You’ll be sure to feel reinvigorated when you step out onto these crystalline trails for a trek that is sure to fill you with peace and tranquility (and add a little color into your cheeks). Are there other Illinois trails that are just perfect for the winter lover that we might have overlooked? Pleas share in the comments!


Originally from the quaint beach town of Fenwick Island, Delaware, Stephanie has called Chicago home for nearly a decade. A passion for cocktail creation, international travel and decadent foodie experiences, enjoy Stephanie's romp through the Land of Lincoln. A circus performer, stuntwoman, professed travel buff and lover of Tom Waits, Stephanie is looking forward to sharing her favorite Chicago haunts with both adventurous locals and curious travelers.