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Hi! I am currently browsing through a lot of trails in Illinois. However, many of them do not have enough information, or some of they have conflicting information.. I would really appreciate your help in sorting out the great one!

At first, I simply wanted to find a trail to spend 5 - 7 days on it. However, lots of trails I have found are either biking trails along the highway or they are not long enough. Now I only have the Clinton Lake State Park(26miles totally, not a single trail), Rock Island Trail State park(26miles) and Illinois & Michigan Canal Trail(50miles).

For the Rock Island Trail, does it really go through woods? I saw on the google that it travels through town with no green vegetation(You know, there is supposed to be all the green area in google map).

For the Canal one, it seems it is better for biking?

Thanks a lot for the help.!!
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Go down South and do the River To River Trail plus you have parks like the Garden of the Gods, Fern Clyffe SP and others.

The Rock Island Trial is a rails to trails conversion and goes thru mostly cornfields.
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Another place to go is over at Charles Deam Wilderness in Indiana. Or Check out some places farther away like up in MI, MN or WI
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Another place to go is over at Charles Deam Wilderness in Indiana. Or Check out some places farther away like up in MI, MN or WI

Hi, QCHIKER. I was just wondering if you knew any way getting to the park cause I do not have my own car? For example, I found that I can only get to Marion for the river to river trail. After that, I will have to think about hitching a ride.  
Also, for the Charles Deam Wilderness, I can only take the train to Indianapolis.

I knew that there probably weren't any public transportation to the park. I have already sent emails to the park officers for more info.

But thank you so much for all the information!
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Where do you live? You can always join one of the Meetup Groups that do Backpacking or hiking in your area. That way you can meet some others with the same interest and get a ride with someone.  The Chicago area has a couple of groups, Also there is one in Peoria and one down south in the Decatur area. Plus one up in the Galena area.

http://www.meetup.com/Driftless-Area-Outdoor-Group/

http://www.meetup.com/The-Peoria-Backpackers-Meetup-Group/

http://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Backpackers/

http://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Suburban-Backpackers/

http://www.meetup.com/ChicagoCampers/

http://www.meetup.com/ChicagoHOS/

http://www.meetup.com/hiking-169/
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Where do you live? You can always join one of the Meetup Groups that do Backpacking or hiking in your area. That way you can meet some others with the same interest and get a ride with someone.  The Chicago area has a couple of groups, Also there is one in Peoria and one down south in the Decatur area. Plus one up in the Galena area.

http://www.meetup.com/Driftless-Area-Outdoor-Group/

http://www.meetup.com/The-Peoria-Backpackers-Meetup-Group/

http://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Backpackers/

http://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Suburban-Backpackers/

http://www.meetup.com/ChicagoCampers/

http://www.meetup.com/ChicagoHOS/

http://www.meetup.com/hiking-169/

I live in Champaign-Urbana, three-hour drive from Chicago. I checked those groups out and they are awesome!   They will provide me with many resources in the future.   Anyway, I will probably go to the Charles Deam Wilderness. The bus service will get me to the closest town Bloomington, IN. After that, there is only 19 miles from the trailhead!
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Here is the website for the Meetup group down in Decatur, IL they do hikes and trips over by your area.

http://www.meetup.com/hiking-326/
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Hey there.  I'm from IL myself.  The best backpacking I've found is in the Shawnee National Forest area.  Depending on whether you want a straight shot (no back tracking) or a loop, there are a variety of options in this area.  The forest is divdied into East and West portions.  I would check out this website ( http://www.fs.usda.gov/activit....tid=51) and email (mailroom_r9_shawnee@fs.fed.us) the park services down there to get a hike mapped out that is applicable to your capabilities and time alotted.

Good luck, be safe, and have fun!
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If you live in Champana, you should definitely head to Shawnee and check out sections of the River to River Trail. I think the east side is generally more interesting that the west side, and if you are comfortable with route finding and a bit of bushwhacking, you can find some amazing places down there.

I have written about this area so often that I keep the text saved in a file. Here is my summary of cool areas, going east to west. Most of these are on or very near the River to River Trail.


(east to west)
Pounds Hollow: Very scenic with a deep canyon surrounded by high bluffs. It is possible to hike west through Pounds Hollow and ascend a trail that crosses a forest road and connect with the River to River Trail which runs about a mile to the south.

Garden o Gods: Amazing rock formations. It’s worth a short bushwhack down toward Eagle Creek.

One Horse Gap: Nice camping atop bluffs. If it has rained recently, you can find water in small potholes toward the southwest drainage atop the bluff. Otherwise, it is a pretty long walk down to One Horse Gap Lake.

Lusk Creek: A fairly large wilderness with some cool bluffs and an extensive trail system. Would be great in the fall.

Bell Smith Springs + Burden Falls: Bell Smith has 10 miles of trail in 3 canyons, including a rock sluice, a waterfall, and an arch. Burden Falls is a short drive away. Nice campground at Bell Smith that is rarely used.

Jackson Falls + Double Branch Falls: Two dramatic waterfalls just west of Eddyville, and about a mile east of where the R2R leaves a farm field road and drops into the canyon. Follow the creek upstream, heading east past big bluffs and you will find the pair of falls.

Jackson Hollow/Bay Lake: Jackson Hollow has numerous bluffs which are very popular among rock climbers. Bay Lake is about a mile south of here.

Ferne Clyffe State Park: Amazing cliffs and bluffs. The west unit has a dramatic pour-off waterfall and some of the highest bluffs in the state (if you can bushwhack to them).

Panther Den: Amazing set of bluffs on the east side of the canyon with large chunks of sandstone that have calved off and created passageways and tunnels among the rocks.

Giant City Park: The signature giant city trail is short but has huge rock formations. Across the road, the Devil’s Table trail has dramatic bluffs that offer some great scrambling on the edges.


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One addition: The Amtrak can get you to Carbondale. From there you might be able to arrange a shuttle.

Contact the River to River Trail Society

http://www.rivertorivertrailguide.com/

or the Shawnee National Forest Office in Harrisburg, IL


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