If you’re looking to experience the beauty and wildlife of the state of Illinois, the Forest Park Nature Preserve near Peoria Heights is a great place to visit. Of course, to really appreciate all that nature has to offer you usually have to get out and hike through it. Luckily, there is a duo of trails that make a very convenient and rather easy trail known as the Wilderness Trail and the Valley Loop Trail. Put together, this is a mile-long short-and-sweet scenic hike in Illinois that’s not short on scenery.

Have you already enjoyed the Wilderness and Valley Loop? Did you get to see any of the local wildlife on this short-and-sweet hike in Illinois? Leave a comment and tell us all about it! And if you still feel like seeing more of Illinois’ wilderness, the Forest Park Nature Preserve has several more miles of hiking trails that feature forested woodlands and even some open prairies, so don’t be afraid to get hiking and see the rest of the preserve, too.

For more quick hikes in the Prairie State, check out these easy hikes in Illinois under three miles.

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