This Just Might Be The Most Underrated Hike In All Of Illinois

Everyone knows about the vast trails running through the Shawnee National Forest and all the other large nature preserves that grace our incredible state. However, most don’t know about this small loop path in the northern half of Illinois. Not far from Rockford, you’ll find a fantastic little trail that gets you up and close with one of Illinois’ loveliest rivers.

Since most don’t know about it, the trail traffic is light, helping you feel a million miles away from it all. Grab your best shoes, your dog, and your binoculars for a fully rounded experience you’re sure to love.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:

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