A Little Time and a Keyboard: 10 Places to Hike Near Chicago Other Than Starved Rock

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

10 Places to Hike Near Chicago Other Than Starved Rock

10 Places to Hike Near Chicago That Are Not Starved Rock

10 Places to Hike Near Chicago Other Than Starved Rock

Starved Rock certainly maintains a spot as one of the natural jewels of Illinois. We love the stunning rock formations and waterfalls. Always spectacular! However, Starved Rock can be quite busy and seems even more so as additional people are exploring in the time of COVID. At least twice a week, I can be found out on the trails. So, I thought that I would share my favorite spots in the Chicago area that are not Starved Rock (or her sister park Matthiessen) for some other ideas. Please always remember to check conditions before going out. Many preserves are still likely to be busy, so I recommend visiting earlier in the morning or during the week. Additionally, check to see if fees or stickers are required. Enjoy!




1. Fox River Trail: The Fox River Trail is a multi-use tail which hugs the picturesque Fox River running from Algonquin to Aurora. Additionally, Fox River Trail is full of interesting points including the Fabyan Windmill!

The Fox River Trail is a multi-use tail which hugs the picturesque Fox River running from Algonquin to Aurora.


2. Deer Grove: Deer Grove in Palatine is comprised of 2,000 of varied habitats including wetlands, prairie and woodlands. Trails range from rolling to pretty flat. So, the preserve appeals to a variety of nature lovers.

3. Rock Cut State Park: Located near Rockford, Rock Cut State Park's 3,092 acres features a whole range of nature activities. Two lakes add to interest as do rolling trails with rocky elements.


The trails at Beverly Lake Forest Preserve near Barrington are rolling and can be challenging in spots.

4.  Beverly Lake: On our first visit, Beverly Lake emerged before me as quite the heavenly sight! So stunning! The trails at Beverly Lake Forest Preserve near Barrington are rolling and can be challenging in spots.

5. Volo Bog: Volo Bog in Ingleside provides a truly unique adventure for hikers. As the only quaking bog in Illinois, you will enjoy a truly distinctive environment.

6. Kettle Moraine State Forest: The dense forest at Kettle Moraine State Forest in Wisconsin will quickly engage you in escaping the every day. Trails can be quite rolling and narrow in spots. You will need a state parking pass but this preserve is worth the adventure!

The dense forest at Kettle Moraine State Forest in Wisconsin will quickly engage you in escaping the every day.


7. Grant Park: Nestled along Lake Michigan in South Milwaukee, Grant Park affords some truly spectacular views. Additionally, the preserve is home to the Seven Bridges Trail. Can you find them all?

8.  Severson Dells: Located in Rockford, Severson Dells entices with unique dolomite dells, scenic creek views, bucolic prairies and dense woodlands. The uniqueness of Severson Dells provides for intriguing hikes year round.



9. Petrifying Springs: Petrifying Springs Park in Kenosha, Wisconsin offers a bit of a different ambiance than the other trails I recommended. We enjoyed trails that hugged and even crossed the meandering Pike River. In the summer, the park does have a Biergarten for a treat after a hike. Other outdoor activities are available as well.

10. Blackwell Forest Preserve: Warrenville's Blackwell Forest Preserve invites explorers to 1,366 acres of nature's splendors. There are a variety of trails but we enjoyed a rolling trail that took us around the lake. Bring a picnic -- you may want to sprawl out taking in lake views!


Happy Hiking!


10 Places to Hike Near Chicago Other Than Starved Rock



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