Most of us love getting out and exploring nature, but when you’re trying to balance out enjoying the wilderness versus work and family responsibilities, it’s sometimes hard to make time to hike a long trail. There are tons of long trails in Illinois that are certainly worth the effort and time it takes to journey through them, but sometimes you just want something a little less strenuous. If you’re looking for shorter trails in the Land of Lincoln that won’t take all day, or trails that you can easily divide into smaller portions, check out these five low-key hikes in Illinois. Each is relatively short (or can be made short via access points throughout), but has something special that will still make it worth the walk. Whether you like short excursions, historic treks, or just enjoy taking a scenic stroll, this list is sure to have something for you. Check it out:
What other low-key hikes in Illinois do you enjoy? Share your favorites with us in the comments.
Address: Constitution Trail, Bloomington, IL, USA
Address: Lincoln Prairie Trail (Lincoln Heritage Trail), Pana, IL, USA
Address: Illinois Prairie Path, Maywood, IL, USA
Address: Des Plaines River Trail, Chicago, IL, USA
Address: Rocky Bluff Trail, Rocky Blf Trl, Grassy, IL 62902, USA
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Hiking Trails Near Me In Illinois
March 10, 2022
Are there more kid-friendly hikes in Illinois?
It can be tough to find easier, shorter trails sometimes. It often seems like hikers only care about lengthy journeys! But not to worry, there are plenty of short hikes in Illinois you can enjoy. Here are some of our favorites, and the best part is they are all under three miles!
An Illinois transplant who grew up and went to school in Indiana for 22 years, Elizabeth holds a BFA in creative writing and has enjoyed traveling across the country and parts of Europe. She has visited half of the states, as well as parts of Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean, and regularly travels home to the Hoosier State to see friends and family. With more than five years of writing experience, Elizabeth’s articles have been featured on several websites, and her poetry and short stories have been published in multiple literary journals.