Looking for the best hiking near Chicago? When I can, I love getting outdoors and being active with family and friends. One of my favorite weekend activities is hitting the trails on a hike with the family! Chicago has great places to be with nature without leaving the city limits like fishing at Lincoln Park’s North Pond at Fullerton or bird watching at the Jarvis Bird Sanctuary just south of Addison at the lake in Lakeview. When I’m looking for a day-hike or an overnight get-a-way, I hop in the car.
Here’s my list of the best places to hike or camp near Chicago. Starved Rock State Park with 14 miles of hiking trails and 18 sandstone canyons (some with seasonal waterfalls). Plan ahead and book a night at Starved Rock Lodge – built in the 1930s Kettle Moraine South‘s John Muir Trail for a quick 1.25-mile jaunt or a challenge yourself with the up to 30 mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie for hikers, cyclists, horseback riders, and anyone who wants to see the bison that were reintroduced to the area by the National Forest Service in 2015.