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Ultimate Summer Escapes: The Best Dayhikes and Backpacking Trips Near You

Coming soon to your city: far-out adventures that are shockingly close to home.

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The Illinois and Michigan Canal Bike-camping meets Midwestern charm on this historic path.

A 61-mile crushed-limestone trail links quaint canal towns and passes through four parks along this once-vital waterway. Multiple access points let you slice and dice the route to fit any schedule, but for the best overnight trip, ride the whole thing at a leisurely pace and camp at one of the walk-in only tent sites at Gebhard Woods State Park (a little more or little less than halfway, depending on which end you start at). This being Illinois, the towpath is pancake flat, so it’s possible to blitz the trail in a day, but then you’d miss out on exploring the historic locks and quiet forests en route.

Get There Use I-55 and I-80 to reach numerous acess points along the path; get details at the Web site below.

Get Info Canal Corridor Association, (815) 588-1100; www.canalcor.org

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