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2. Garden of the Gods - 11 Incredible Hikes Under 5 Miles Everyone in Illinois Should Take

Illinois' Garden of the Gods State Park, one of the highlights along the River to River Trail

Love to hike but don't want to kill an entire afternoon? Here are some incredible hikes you can take in a relatively short amount of time in Illinois.

11 Incredible Hikes Under 5 Miles Everyone In Illinois Should Take

11 Incredible Hikes Under 5 miles in Illinois---Love to hike but don't want to kill an entire afternoon? Here are some incredible hikes you can take in a relatively short amount of time.

Top 10 Things to Do on a Budget in Galena | Midwest Living

Top Things to Do on a Budget in Galena

Though known for its shopping, Galena’s historical sites, tours and scenery charm without costing much on a Midwest weekend getaway.

9. Matthiessen State Park Located in North Utica, Matthiessen State Park has tons of diverse natural features like prairies, forest, canyons and streams. You will be delighted by the five miles of trails. If you are super adventurous, consider going horseback riding!

These 10 Incredible Places In Illinois Will Bring Out The Explorer In You

Matthiessen State Park - 11 Incredible Hikes Under 5 Miles Everyone in Illinois Should Take

6. Hennepin Canal - 11 Incredible Hikes Under 5 Miles Everyone in Illinois Should Take

11 Incredible Hikes Under 5 Miles Everyone In Illinois Should Take

Hennepin Canal - 11 Incredible Hikes Under 5 Miles Everyone in Illinois Should Take

The forest contains many trails, including the Lowden-Miller River Loop which gives you a good 4.7-mile journey.  Looks like it's north of I-88 - must be out west?

This Just Might Be The Most Underrated Hike In All Of Illinois

The forest contains many trails, including the Lowden-Miller River Loop (Oregon, IL) which gives you a good journey.

6 Scenic Tennessee Trails for Spring - Nashville Lifestyles

We compiled six hikes guaranteed to impress with the help of Tennessee trail guru Johnny Molloy who has spent more than 800 nights in the Smokies and hiked the .

A guide to the Shawnee National Forest

Garden of the Gods, Shawnee National Forest, IL. This place is absolutely breathtaking.

French Canyon at Starved Rock State Park after a heavy, spring rain! Photo by Kathy Casstevens.

French Canyon at Starved Rock State Park in Utica, IL. Photo by: Kathy Casstevens-Jasiek of Starved Rock Lodge

(Little Mary’s Covered Bridge, 98' x 17', 1854, closed to motor traffic, restored 05-2005, 13-79-01) across Little Mary’s River NE of Chester, Randolph County, Illinois. IL150 NE 4.2 miles from jct with IL3 in Chester to the park & bridge on the E. side of the road. (10-20-09, N37 56.909 W89 45.953) Photo by Jack & June Schmidt.

(Little Mary’s Covered Bridge, x closed to motor traffic, restored across Little Mary’s River NE of Chester, Randolph County, Illinois. NE miles from jct with in Chester to the park & bridge on the E. Photo by Jack & June Schmidt.

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