Best Hikes Near Chicago Guide Book

by Adam Morgan (Falcon Guides)
Best Hikes Near Chicago  by Adam Morgan

208pp/maps
ISBN: 0762761202

Here are thirty of the best hikes, nearly all of them within an hour’s drive of Chicago—from spectacular forests, grasslands, and wetlands to dunes, moraines, and even canyons. The Windy City offers a surprising array of outdoor opportunities, many of them accessible by public transport. Whether you’re in the mood for an easy nature walk or a day-long hike, this guide offers plenty to choose from. Each hike features full-color photos; a brief route description; thorough directions to the trailhead (GPS coordinates included); a detailed, full-color trail map; and at-a-glance information on distance and difficulty level, hiking time, canine compatibility, and fees and permits. Inside you’ll also find a Trail Finder that categorizes each hike (e.g., for attractions such as views, and if it’s suitable for families with kids); Green Tips; and information about local lore, points of interest, and the area’s wildlife.

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Trails from the "Best Hikes Near Chicago" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 30.
... Preview: Of all the greenspaces in Chicago’s suburbs, Busse Woods is probably the most well known, earning it the nickname of “Chicago’s Backyard.” You can do it all here, from hiking, biking, and in-line skat ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Chicago"
Schaumburg, IL - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 4.6
... Preview: Elk? In Chicago? It’s hard to believe, but this fenced pasture in Elk Grove, Illinois, lets you get up close and personal with one of the largest mammals on Earth. After strolling through patches of c ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Chicago"
Rolling Meadows, IL - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 2.6
... Preview: In the Potawatomi language Channahon means “meeting of the waters,” a perfect designation for this fluvial hike through history. Beginning at a rare, quaint locktender’s house preserved from the mid-n ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Chicago"
Channahon, IL - Fishing,Hiking - Trail Length: 6.2
... Preview: If you’re looking for a creepy hike, you’ve come to the right place. This atmospheric stroll through history features not one, but two supposedly haunted houses from the nineteenth century, along with ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Chicago"
Crocker, IN - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.1
... Preview: Nestled in the forests of Chicagoland’s upscale North Shore, the Chicago Botanic Gardens lie on nine fertile islands surrounded by quiet lakes. This tranquil stroll encircles the lakes—providing one-o ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Chicago"
Glencoe, IL - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.4
... Preview: Deep in the heart of the Windy City, this easy stroll through steel canyons is a perfect introduction to the city’s architecture and history. Ever since a Haitian fur trader built the first permanent ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Chicago"
Chicago, IL - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 1.9
... Preview: Cowles Bog might be one of the most challenging trails in Chicagoland, but it’s also one of the most rewarding. The word bog may not sound appealing to hikers, but don’t be scared away: You won’t have ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Chicago"
Crocker, IN - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.1
... Preview: If you’re looking for wildlife, this is the place. Just outside of Palatine, the lush savannas, woodlands, and wetlands at Crabtree are always filled with birds, butterflies, and deer. In just a coupl ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Chicago"
Barrington, IL - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
... Preview: The affluent suburb of Wheaton, Illinois, is riddled with more than fifty parks, including the rolling hills of Danada, a place flush with history. It was once home to Dan and Ada Rice, owners of the ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Chicago"
Lisle, IL - Cross-Country Skiing,Fishing,Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 2.8
... Preview: Nearly a century after its creation, the oldest forest preserve in Cook County is arguably its most popular. Beloved by hikers, cyclists, campers, skiers, equestrians—and even model plane enthusiasts— ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Chicago"
Deer Park, IL - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.6
... Preview: Fullersburg Woods is undoubtedly western Chicagoland’s best kept secret. Hidden in the village of Oak Brook along the banks of Salt Creek, these 222 acres could be the most romantically rustic place y ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Chicago"
Oak Brook, IL - Cross-Country Skiing,Fishing,Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 2.4
... Preview: Just southeast of beautiful Naperville stands the only “mountain” in Chicagoland, a man-made hill with a scenic overlook, one of the highest places in Illinois. From the top, you can see the sleek Chi ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Chicago"
Woodridge, IL - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 2.7
... Preview: This moderately challenging hike through the most beautiful landscape in the Midwest has something for everyone: a plethora of wildlife, varied topography, rich ecology, and dazzling views. The park i ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Chicago"
Crocker, IN - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.8
... Preview: Once the grounds of the 1983 World’s Fair, today Jackson Park is a beautifully landscaped haven for nature lovers in one of Chicago’s most beloved neighborhoods, Hyde Park, a tree-lined, intellectual ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Chicago"
Chicago, IL - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 1.5
... Preview: Dramatic limestone canyons make this hike the most dangerous in Illinois. Over thousands of years, the Kankakee River has carved a deep gash in the bedrock, creating some of the state’s most interesti ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Chicago"
Kankakee, IL - Fishing,Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 1.6
... Preview: If you want to see deer, come to McKinley Woods. These quiet, dark woods on scenic bluffs overlooking the Des Plaines are famous for the hundreds of deer that roam its ravines. But birders will find p ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Chicago"
Channahon, IL - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking - Trail Length: 2.4
... Preview: One of the most photographed natural spaces in Illinois, Messenger Woods is known for its wildflowers. One of the only surviving old-growth forests in Chicagoland, this fertile wilderness has never be ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Chicago"
Homer Glen, IL - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking - Trail Length: 2
... Preview: When the glaciers covering the Upper Midwest disappeared 10,000 years ago, this is what they left behind. The hills and boulders surrounding these wetlands are ancient remnants of the very same ice ag ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Chicago"
McHenry, IL - Fishing,Hiking - Trail Length: 3.7
... Preview: Hidden in the western suburbs, these lush, forested hills serve as an outdoor museum for the public and a cutting-edge research facility for arborists and horticulturalists. Almost one hundred years a ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Chicago"
Lisle, IL - Birding,Hiking - Trail Length: 4.1
... Preview: One of the tallest dunes on the southern shore of Lake Michigan, Mount Baldy is a popular outdoor attraction just west of Michigan City, Indiana, renowned for its height and its strange views of a con ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Chicago"
Michigan City, IN - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.4