20 trails where Chicago-area hikers can enjoy nature, peace before winter sets in

It's not 'purple mountains majesty' for hiking, Jason King knows. But Illinois, Indiana and southern Wisconsin offer trails that are free, close, n...

September 28, 2022
3:02 AM

It's not 'purple mountains majesty' for hiking, Jason King knows. But Illinois, Indiana and southern Wisconsin offer trails that are free, close, not congested, and they offer a solace and beauty all their own. 'I love Illinois,' says King, who teaches geography at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills. 'I've lived here all my life. If you like simplicity, if you like the feel of the wind blowing through the trees … there's no place better.' One of his favorite solo hikes to 'get the world behind me' is near Gary, in the little-used western part of Indiana Dunes National Park.

Zachary Nauth