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  • A wonderfully scenic trail, Rim Rock National Recreation Trail leads around the rim of a rock escarpment, hence its name. Rim Rock has a long history of drawing people to its forested bluffs for hi...

  • Specific Hiking and Trail Information for the Observation TrailBest Seasons: Year RoundTravel InformationNearby Cities with Hotels: Carbondale, MarionFor more information on this hikeNational Forest: ...
  • Bell Smith Springs is one of the most beautiful recreation areas the Shawnee National Forest has to offer. It contains a series of clear, rocky streams and scenic canyons bordered by high sandstone...

  • This part of the country once relied on huge steam engine freights for transporting and receiving goods. With the days of the noisy rail now gone, the paths formerly carved for trains are now bei...
  • Running alongside the epic American Discovery Trail is this relatively new jaunt which bridges the gap between two great rivers: the Mississippi and the Ohio. The scenery and inhabitants in this ...
  • The only portion of the Mormon Pioneer National Trail that exists in Illinois is possibly its most important. Before being forced further west, Joseph Smith and his Mormon followers has a well-esta...

  • This is a bike-specific trail that spans the entire length of the Mississippi in the United States. All along the trail, there is rich history and beautiful natural settings, depending on your pref...

  • This is a relatively simple, shorter trail that connects runs through the semi-small town of Cahokia. This town along the river has a few historic buildings, which are worth a brief stop. Althoug...
  • The Lusk Creek Wilderness Area is located in northern Pope County in Illinois. The area is known for the imposing rock walls that rise in places 100 feet above the creek. The cliffs at Indian Kitch...

  • The twelve-state National Trail begins in Hartford, Illinois and follows trails that were once blazed by the westward adventurers and their crew of forty-five. Instead of mystery and fear, the la...
  • The American Discovery Trail twists its through Illinois at two locations, differing greatly in terrain and scenery. It covers seven Illinois State Parks and various other diverse attractions suc...