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Hiking Illinois is your complete guide to 107 of the most scenic day hikes within the Land of Lincoln. No matter what region you wish to explore or how easy or hard a trek you want, this handy guide will lead you to the right trail.
In this one-of-a-kind resource, you’ll find the following features:
Detailed descriptions of every hike, in every region, including special points of interest, estimated hiking time and distance, and difficulty ratings for each trail
Phone numbers and Web sites, park hours and rules, and available facilities for 60 of the state’s most scenic sites
Easy-to-read maps for every park and trail to help you navigate your hike and locate landmarks and other points of interest
A convenient trail finder that provides a summary of each trail’s features and available facilities
Hiking Illinois brings to life the history, terrain, flora, and fauna of each area. And the descriptions of nearby recreational and sightseeing destinations ensure you won’t miss anything on your trip. Hiking Illinois is your guide to enjoying the great outdoors!
How to Use This Book Trail Finder
North 1 Apple River Canyon State Park 2 Mississippi Palisades State Park 3 Rock Cut State Park 4 Winnebago County Forest Preserve 5 White Pines Forest State Forest 6 Lowden-Miller State Forest 7 McHenry County Conservation District 8 Chain O’ Lakes State Park 9 Volo Bog State Natural Area 10 Moraine Hills State Park 11 Bluff Spring Fen 12 James “Pate” Philip State Park 13 Illinois Beach State Park 14 Lake County Forest Preserve 15 Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve 16 Regional Trail 17 Morton Arboretum 18 Palos and Sag Valley Forest Preserve 19 Will County Forest Preserve
Central 20 Big River State Forest 21 Nauvoo 22 Siloam Springs State Park 23 Pere Marquette State Park 24 Forest Park Nature Preserve 25 Sand Ridge State Forest 26 Starved Rock State Park 27 Matthiessen State Park 28 Where Lincoln Walked 29 Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area 30 Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie 31 Spitler Woods State Natural Area 32 Ballard Nature Center 33 Iroquois County State Wildlife Area 34 Forest Glen Preserve 35 Robert Allerton Park 36 Urbana Park District 37 Fox Ridge State Park 38 Kennekuk Cove County Park
South 39 Fults Hill Prairie 40 Piney Creek Ravine Nature Preserve 41 LaRue-Pine Hills 42 Giant City State Park 43 Little Grand Canyon 44 Cedar Lake 45 Trail of Tears State Park 46 Horseshoe Lake Conservation Area 47 Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge 48 Ferne Clyffe State Park 49 Tunnel Hill State Trail 50 Cache River State Natural Area 51 Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge 52 Mermet Lake Conservation Area 53 Max Creek 54 Bell Smith Springs Recreation Area 55 Dixon Springs State Park 56 Stone Face Recreation Area 57 Garden of the Gods Recreation Area 58 Rim Rock/Pounds Hollow Recreation Complex 59 War Bluff Audubon Sanctuary 60 Beall Woods State Park
Susan Post has been a research biologist for the Illinois Natural History Survey since 1978, where she has worked on such jobs as biological control of purple loosestrife, sampling streams for threatened and endangered plants, and sampling horseradish fields for insect pests. Through her work, Susan has become well acquainted with the natural areas of Illinois.
Susan is the coauthor of Illinois Wilds, a book that showcases the state's natural areas. She is also the staff writer for the Illinois Steward Magazine and the author of "Species Spotlight" for Illinois Natural History Survey Reports.
She is the codirector of the Illinois Wilds Institute for Nature (IWIN), a joint project between the Survey and the University of Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences that offers field courses to the public on various aspects of Illinois biology.