12 Picturesque Trails In Illinois That Are Perfect For Winter Hiking

While the weather outside might seem frightful to some, for all you snow bunnies out there it’s time to put on your winter hiking boots and get ready to enjoy the beautiful wintry elements that the great state of Illinois has to offer. There is something about a winter hike through these frosted fairylands and watching the world around you covered in a beautiful powdering of snow-kissed wonderment that is sure to change the way you feel about wintertime in Illinois (even if Jack Frost is nipping at your nose).

There are so many striking places to check out in the Prairie State during these frosty months. Even if you’ve hiked these trails in the warmer months, they are an entirely different experience in the winter. You’ll be sure to feel reinvigorated when you step out onto these crystalline trails for a trek that is sure to fill you with peace and tranquility (and add a little color into your cheeks). Are there other Illinois trails that are just perfect for a winter hike that we might have overlooked? Or maybe you’ve been on one of these trails and have some feedback to share. Let us know in the comment section! We would love to hear from you.

 

Address: 515 Old Timber Rd, Monticello, IL 61856, USA
Address: Beaver Dam Lake, Polk Township, IL 62626, USA
Address: Shawnee National Forest, Illinois 62985, USA
Address: Matthiessen State Park, 2500 IL-178, Oglesby, IL 61348, USA
Address: 1510 S River Rd, McHenry, IL 60051, USA
Address: Morton Arboretum Visitor Center, 4100 IL-53, Lisle, IL 60532, USA
Address: 3571 Ranger Ln, Sumner, IL 62466, USA
Address: 100 Preserve Rd, Shabbona, IL 60550, USA
Address: Starved Rock State Park, 2678 E 875th Rd, Oglesby, IL 61348, USA
Address: Waterfall Glen, Lemont, IL 60439, USA
Address: Marengo Ridge Conservation Area, 2411 IL-23, Marengo, IL 60152, USA
Address: Glacial Park Conservation Area, 6705 State Rte 31, Ringwood, IL 60072, USA

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Winter Activities In Illinois

November 28, 2022

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

While there’s the excitement of Christmas, once the holiday season is over, winter can seem to go on forever. To help you beat cabin fever, here is a list of some of the best winter activities in Illinois. How many can you cross off the list?

  • Go horseback riding at White Pines Ranch in Oregon.
  • Chase frozen waterfalls at Starved Rock State Park in Oglesby.
  • Ice skate at Maggie Daley Park in Chicago.
  • Take a sleigh ride through Forest View Farms in Tinley Park.
  • Hope on a snow tube at Snowstar Winter Park in Andalusa.

For more information on these activities, also check out this article on awesome places to visit in Illinois this winter.

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

Once you are ready to come back inside and warm up, check out some of the best indoor winter activities in Illinois:

  • A’Lure Aquarium Bar in Ottawa
  • Legoland Discovery Center in Chicago
  • Funtopia in Glenview
  • Pelican Harbor Aquatic Park in Bolingbrook
  • Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl and Grill in East Peoria

For more information on these and several other places, check out this article on activities to take your mind off winter in Illinois.

Address: 515 Old Timber Rd, Monticello, IL 61856, USA
Address: Beaver Dam Lake, Polk Township, IL 62626, USA
Address: Shawnee National Forest, Illinois 62985, USA
Address: Matthiessen State Park, 2500 IL-178, Oglesby, IL 61348, USA
Address: 1510 S River Rd, McHenry, IL 60051, USA
Address: Morton Arboretum Visitor Center, 4100 IL-53, Lisle, IL 60532, USA
Address: 3571 Ranger Ln, Sumner, IL 62466, USA
Address: 100 Preserve Rd, Shabbona, IL 60550, USA
Address: Starved Rock State Park, 2678 E 875th Rd, Oglesby, IL 61348, USA
Address: Waterfall Glen, Lemont, IL 60439, USA
Address: Marengo Ridge Conservation Area, 2411 IL-23, Marengo, IL 60152, USA
Address: Glacial Park Conservation Area, 6705 State Rte 31, Ringwood, IL 60072, USA

OnlyInYourState may earn compensation through affiliate links in this article.