12 Picturesque Trails In Illinois That Are Perfect For Winter Hiking
By Stephanie Andrews|Updated on November 28, 2022(Originally published November 23, 2022)
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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.
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