4 Cool And Calming Hikes To Take In Illinois To Help You Reflect On The Year Ahead

When the air becomes crisp and the weather threatens snow, it can be a challenge to get outside, but it is also the perfect time to go on one of these best winter hikes in Illinois. Clear your mind and find tranquility along these less-trafficked paths. They will give you the perfect opportunity to reflect on the past year and the one to come. Scroll on for details about the best places to go on a winter walk in the Land of Lincoln.

During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.

For more like this, check out the 15 most scenic hikes in Illinois.

What other trails would you consider to be the best winter hikes in Illinois? Share your favorites with us in the comments.

Address: Starved Rock State Park, 2678 E 875th Rd, Oglesby, IL 61348, USA
Address: The Morton Arboretum, 4100 IL-53, Lisle, IL 60532, USA
Address: Sag Valley Trail, Palos Park, IL, USA
Address: Buffalo Rock State Park, 1300 N 27th Rd, Ottawa, IL 61350, USA
Address: Palos Hills, IL 60465, USA
Address: 4100 IL-53, Lisle, IL 60532, USA
Address: Buffalo Rock State Park, 1300 N 27th Rd, Ottawa, IL 61350, USA
Address: 2678 E 875th Rd, Oglesby, IL 61348, USA
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Best Winter Hikes In Illinois

December 12, 2021

What are some of the best winter outdoor activities in Illinois?

While it’s cold and snowy in Illinois in the winter, it doesn’t mean we have to spend all our time indoors. There are plenty of outdoor activities to be found around the state during the cold months. You can try horseback riding at White Pines Ranch or perhaps ice skating along the skating ribbon at Maggie Daley Park in Chicago may be something of interest to you. You can find a few more ideas for the winter months in this post

Are there any cabins I can stay at in winter in Illinois?

How would you like a weekend getaway to a cozy cabin in the woods? There are many cabins around the state that are in or close to a state park or you can try an Airbnb cabin with a hot tub. Read our post, Soak In A Hot Tub Surrounded By Natural Beauty At These 5 Cabins In Illinois, to start planning your cozy overnight stay.

Where can I go snow tubing in Illinois?

Snow tubing is one of the best activities you can do in the winter in Illinois. You can head to Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve and go snow tubing down a 40-foot hill. Located in Warrenville, Blackwell Forest Preserve has one of the longest, if not THE longest, snow tubing hill in the state. 

 

Address: Starved Rock State Park, 2678 E 875th Rd, Oglesby, IL 61348, USA
Address: The Morton Arboretum, 4100 IL-53, Lisle, IL 60532, USA
Address: Sag Valley Trail, Palos Park, IL, USA
Address: Buffalo Rock State Park, 1300 N 27th Rd, Ottawa, IL 61350, USA
Address: Palos Hills, IL 60465, USA
Address: 4100 IL-53, Lisle, IL 60532, USA
Address: Buffalo Rock State Park, 1300 N 27th Rd, Ottawa, IL 61350, USA
Address: 2678 E 875th Rd, Oglesby, IL 61348, USA