In 2021, Take These 12 Incredible Illinois Hikes, One For Each Month Of The Year

Cheers to the New Year! We do hope for better things to come, but in the meantime, we can always rely on a steadfast hiking trail at one of the many stunning preserves in Illinois. Let’s discover a trail for each month of the year around the Prairie State.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:

What are your favorite hikes to do during the year?

Learn more about these 12 hikes by clicking the links below:

  1. January: Dells Area to Vermillion River Area Loop
  2. February: Lover’s Leap Overlook Trail
  3. March: Trail to the Glen
  4. April: Red Cedar Trail
  5. May: Morton Arboretum
  6. June: River Route Natural Trail
  7. July: Sangamon River Forest Preserve Loop
  8. August: Jackson Falls Trail
  9. September: River Bluff Trail Loop
  10. October: Hickory Trail (Red)
  11. November: Cache River and Heron Pond State Natural Areas
  12. December: Buffalo Viewing Trail


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