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.

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