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Small but Mighty

HIKES Trail systems that are short on distance, high on scenery and experiences Story by Julie Barichello, Photos by Steve Stout and Tom Sistak

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ot all hikes are created equal. And that’s a good thing. Starved Rock Country is a region best seen on foot, and it boasts some of the state’s premier hiking — famously, the 13-mile trail system at Starved Rock State Park and the 61.5-mile mega-trek of the Illinois & Michigan Canal towpath. But you can’t judge a hike by its length. Some of the region’s smaller trail systems are packed with nature and attractions for hikers of all experience levels to enjoy. Whether you’re in the mood to discover a lot of scenery in a short amount of time (and distance), looking for a small dose of nature between other activities, or hunting for easy trails for the youngest members of a family, there are options for everyone. Consider adding some of the following mini-hikes during your visit.

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