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This challenging 22-mile trail has plenty of rewards as you travel toward the breathtaking Garden of the Gods in Shawnee National Forest.


Fall is the most beautiful time of year. Use this handy interactive map to see when peak fall foliage will happen in your part of Illinois.


This off-the-beaten-path state parks has a trail that takes you to an abandoned observatory, a restaurant, camping, a lake, and ample space.


Take a wonderful hike at Illinois Beach State Park trails in Zion, Illinois. Nothing is better than ending up at Lake Michigan.


Located in Prairie du Rocher in Randolph County, Illinois, the Modock Rock Shelter is an ancient Native American site over 11,000 years old.


Cliffs at the banks of Spring and Pine creeks are covered with moss and trailing vines at the fairytale-like White Pines Forest State Park.


A spectacular waterfall overlooks the beautiful blue-green swimming hole, which is surrounded by walls of towering bluffs and boulders.

20 Illinois State Parks to visit in 2023

20 Illinois State Parks to visit in 2023

Go swimming, hiking, camping and wildlife spotting at these Illinois state parks to get in touch with nature.


The Fox Ridge State Park loop trail is a scenic Illinois hiking trail that rewards adventures with serene nature and picturesque overlooks.


A movement in the southern part of the state seeks to make Shawnee National Forest the first national park in Illinois - and it makes sense!


Buffalo Rock State Park is one of the smallest in the Prairie State, but it’s home to one of the most intriguing natural wonders in Illinois.


Whether you walk in town or venture farther afield, the key to enjoying a winter walk in the woods or prairies is to wear the right clothing.


Channahon State Park is the smallest state park in Illinois, and it is known for being the trailhead for the Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail.


Explore the great outdoors of Illinois on a hike each month this year!


If you love walking in a winter wonderland than these winter hikes in Illinois are sure to invigorate your outdoorsy spirit.


From exploring a cave to dining in a restaurant with matching stone walls, it all adds up to a fun cave-themed day trip.


There are plenty of state parks waiting for explorers, and this underrated hiking trail in Illinois is the perfect pick for an adventure.


If you are looking for a more interesting, adventurous hike, here are five Illinois trails with rock formations that are unforgettable.


Brace yourselves, autumn lovers: You won’t have to travel all too far and wide to catch prime views of fall foliage. Instead, you can head to an Illinois state park.


Take a road trip to some of the state's most underrated parks.


Moraine Hills State Park in McHenry, Illinois is the perfect place to see wildlife while enjoying your time out and about in nature.


Here is an overview of the best state parks in northern Illinois. These state parks are perfect for hiking, biking or just enjoying nature.


Looking for the best Southern Illinois State Parks? Here we share a list of the best parks that you should visit. Click to read now!


As temperates gradually turn warmer, you may be starting to make summer camping plans. The good news is that one report puts Illinois higher on the best states to go camping in list.

St Louis canyon at starved rock today

St Louis canyon at starved rock today


What are the best State Parks in Illinois? Look no further. This list is full of amazing top state parks in Illinois. Click to read!

It's a great time to get outside!

It's a great time to get outside!

Discover the current state of autumn hues unfolding in every region of the state.


Looking for the best Southern Illinois State Parks? Here we share a list of the best parks that you should visit. Click to read now!


Looking for the best hikes in Illinois? You have come to the right place. Here we share the best hiking trails in Illinois for you to explore.


The fungus that causes white-nose syndrome thrives in caves, where the air is often humid and temperatures are cool. It spreads easily from bat to bat but cannot be transmitted to other wildlife or humans.


Illinois Caverns, a staple attraction in southern Illinois, will reopen to the public Wednesday, June 16, 2021, after being closed for more than 10 years. Learn more visit


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May 4, 2022, is Public Service Recognition Day in Illinois, and IDNR wants to express its appreciation for the more than 1,150+ state employees who help the agency carry out its mission in service to the people of this wonderful state day in and day out. Thank you for all you do to help build a stronger Illinois.

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Pups love the outdoor spaces that make up McHenry County Conservation District and our two Illinois State Parks !
What is your favorite park to walk your pup?
Need a few ideas? ⤵️

📸 : ._lynn
📍 : Dufield Pond Conservation Area
Heading to Garden of the Gods and Giants City St Parks. What are the best hikes, views and tips. Will have the whole day at both parks. Thanks
I went to the website and used the email link provided to request more information about 5th wheel camping at Horseshoe Refuge. The response I got kept referring me back to the website and the booking link. Neither one have the information I needed. In addition, the booking link only shows shelters available for rent. There's no information on camping, what size trailer can be accommodated, the amp service, etc. Absolutely horrible customer service. As such, we picked a different state park in KY. It's unbelievable the lack of effort the individual responding to my emails was putting forth. It would have been better to not respond at all.
Just testing to see where this is posted - thanks