What to expect

Illinois has 13 trails including medium and easy trails. The trail with the highest elevation climb is the Illinois and Michigan Canal Trail and the one with the least climb is the American Discovery Trail - Missouri. The longest trail is American Discovery Trail - Missouri at 502 km. To complete this hike you should budget at least 24 days. For a shorter adventure, you can try the Starved Rock State Park a t 20.2 km. This could be done in as little as 2 days. Trails with the best offering of hostels include Des Plaines River Trail, Rock Island Greenway and Trail, MCT Nickel Plate Trail, Illinois Prairie Path, and Illinois and Michigan Canal Trail.