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Lee County Illinois has some great trails for hiking, mountain biking, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, camping and cross country skiing. The trails and nature reserves in the area are home to some beautiful wildlife  such as the bison, deer, fox and birds, plants and historic memorials. The video above is courtesy of the  Illinois Department of Natural Resources showcases the beauty of the Franklin Creek State Nature Area in Franklin Grove, IL. You will find several trails listed below containing interactive trail maps, contact information, difficulty rating and a short description. Take A Hike with your family and friends today!

Amboy Marsh Nature Reserve Trails

By definition Amboy Marsh Nature Preserve is a watery place. Several springs and seeps emerge from the side of sand dunes; characteristic marshes and wetlands here have always been a seasonal phenomenon, a blessing for amphibians that require fishless ponds for successful breeding.

Difficulty Rating
1/5

Franklin Creek State Natural Area Trails

Franklin Creek Nature Preserve contains upland and ravine forests, permanent stream, large springs and bedrock outcroppings of the Oregon Section of the Rock River Hill Country Natural Division. The gorge area is highly scenic and rich in both natural and historic features.

Difficulty Rating
3.5/5

Gremel Wildlife Sanctuary Trails

There are numerous unmarked mown firebreaks and paths. Please explore with care and respect boundary signs. Some trails may be temporarily closed due to wet conditions or to afford privacy to wildlife during certain periods.

Difficulty Rating
1/5

Green River State Wildlife Area Trails

The Green River State Wildlife Area is a wildlife restoration area popular among hunters, hikers, birders and other outdoor enthusiasts. 
A 10-mile equestrian trail is open for public use from April 15 to Oct. 31.

Difficulty Rating
1/5

John Husar Memorial Trail

At the end of the trail is a large metal sculpture of cathedral-shaped frames that form the illusion of a tree . This is the John Husar Memorial.

Difficulty Rating
1/5

Lowell Parkway Trail

Lowell Parkway Trail runs from Washington Avenue to Historic Lowell Park in Dixon, Illinois. It is a 3.5 mile paved multipurpose trail enjoyed year round by many.

Difficulty Rating
1/5

Meadows Park Trails

6.3 miles of unpaved trail with access available at 1700 N. Brinton Ave. in Dixon, IL. or via the Lowell Parkway Trailway. The area is also used for bow hunting and other activities.

Difficulty Rating
1/5

Mill Springs Trail

Mill Spring Handicap Trail is a mostly concrete trail with an ample 4 feet in width and spanning 1,776 feet in length. It leads to Mill Spring after a wonderful tour of nature.

Difficulty Rating
1/5

Nachusa Grasslands Trails

The 3600-acre Nachusa Grasslands preserve is being restored as one of the largest and most biologically diverse grasslands in Illinois.

Difficulty Rating
1/5

Seasons of Change Trail

The Seasons of Change Trail is approximately 1 mile long and will take one hour to complete. This loop trail starts and returns to the Grist Mill parking lot.

Difficulty Rating
1/5

The Joe Stengel Trail

The Joe Stengel Trail is 9 miles of old railroad bed repurposed into trail from Polo to Woosung. This trail is protected by a tree canopy with beautiful views across the landscape. The trail itself is rough and bumpy.

Difficulty Rating
1/5

The Headwaters Trail

The Headwaters Trail is accessed off of North State Street in Franklin Grove. Follow the signs to the parking lot. The trail wanders through various habitats including prairie, wetland, cropland, savanna and woodlands. The signs explain about these diverse habitats. ~ Franklin Creek Conservation

Difficulty Rating
1/5