7 Easy And Beautiful Spring Hikes Everyone In Illinois Will Love

As the weather begins to turn warmer, you’ve probably started looking for reasons to go outside. These seven beautiful spring hikes make it hard to want to stay indoors. Take in the blooming buds of the fresh new season with these nature adventures along some of the best hikes in Illinois. Scroll on for all the details.

For more like this, check out these six deep woods trail in Illinois you can get lost in this spring.

What other best hikes in Illinois are you looking forward to this spring? Share your favorites with us below in the comments.

Address: Apple River Canyon State Park Lane, Apple River Canyon State Park Ln, Thompson Township, IL 61085, USA
Address: Constitution Trail, Bloomington, IL, USA
Address: Lincoln Prairie Trail (Lincoln Heritage Trail), Pana, IL, USA
Address: Rim Rock National Recreation Trail, Eagle Creek, RR 1 Box 198B, Findlay, IL 62534, USA
Address: Volo Bog, Grant Township, IL 60041, USA
Address: Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park, 16006 E. Street, Sheffield, IL 61361, USA
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Best Hikes In Illinois

April 02, 2022

What are some of the most scenic hikes in Illinois?

For those of us who are lucky enough to live in the Land of Lincoln, we know how stunning our state is. You can trek along various trails through Starved Rock State Park to canyons that feature jaw-dropping waterfalls, explore nearby Matthiessen State Park which is also home to several waterfalls, and take in river views at Kickapoo State Park, among others. You can find these hikes and more in our article, 12 Scenic Hiking Trails To Explore In Illinois.

Are there any waterfall hikes I can take in Illinois?

There are plenty of waterfall hikes throughout the state that we think you should add to your bucket list. You can take a 2.8-mile loop trail at the Nature Institue Olin Nature Preserve in Godfrey that leads to a gorgeous waterfall in the woods. Or how about Lover’s Leap Overlook Trail at Starved Rock State Park that’s only 1.7 miles? The bonus with this trail is the views you’ll get of the Illinois River as well. 

Are there any kid-friendly hikes in Illinois?

At Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, take the 1.7-mile Rocky Bluff loop trail to a small but stunning waterfall. This easy, kid-friendly hike is set to delight families especially when they spot the waterfall. This scenic hike is best done right after a good rainfall. 

 

Address: Apple River Canyon State Park Lane, Apple River Canyon State Park Ln, Thompson Township, IL 61085, USA
Address: Constitution Trail, Bloomington, IL, USA
Address: Lincoln Prairie Trail (Lincoln Heritage Trail), Pana, IL, USA
Address: Rim Rock National Recreation Trail, Eagle Creek, RR 1 Box 198B, Findlay, IL 62534, USA
Address: Volo Bog, Grant Township, IL 60041, USA
Address: Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park, 16006 E. Street, Sheffield, IL 61361, USA