Illinois Trails

Starved Rock State Park

Illinois' Starved Rock State Park.

Illinois, located in the Midwest region of the U.S., mostly consists of rolling plains, while southern Illinois features gently sloping hills. There is great hiking near Chicago, with forest preserves and other public lands perfect for hiking, while Lake Michigan provides boaters and hikers a great shoreline to explore.

The editors at Backpacker have created an extensive collection of popular trails and trips for hiking and backpacking Illinois and Chicago.