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Take a closer look at 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Chicago by downloading three chapters—for free. (These are all PDFs)

Moraine Hills State Park Hike. It’s a good thing this hike is 8 miles long—the entire distance is needed for you to get a complete picture of Moraine Hills’ mosaic of marshes, lakes, prairies, bogs, wooded hills, and streams.

LaSalle Fish and Wildlife Area Loop. If you like riverside hikes and sprawling marshlands busy with birds, you’ll find this to be one of the great undiscovered hikes in Chicagoland.

Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area: Tallgrass Trail. While making your way through this hypnotic tallgrass prairie, you’ll skirt the edges of several marshes and ponds active with birds. It’s a great place to work on your prairie plant identification skills.