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Old 04-06-2013, 09:15 PM   #11 (permalink)
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There are a few places to backpack in Illinois. They're not necessarily good, but they're there.

http://dnr.state.il.us/Lands/landmgt/parks/R4/sand.htm Sand Ridge State Forest has some backpacking. I backpacked there a few years ago. It's not that great, but it's a backpacking option.

http://www.vccd.org/recreation.htmlForest Glen Preserve in Vermillion County has backpacking. I've never backpacked there, but I have wanted to.

http://www.lakeshelbyville.com/recreation.htmYou can also backpack the Chief Illini Trail at Lake Shelbyville. It's an 11 mile trail.

http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks/i&m/main.htmYou can backpack the I&M Canal too.

There is lots of backpacking available in the Shawnee National Forest too.

Outside of Illinois, but still close, there is the Kettle Moraine Forest (and Ice Age Trail) in Wisconsin, Hoosier National Forest in Indiana, and a handful of backpacking loops at the Missouri State Parks along with the Ozarks.
AWESOME. Thanks for the info, and welcome to the site

Labman, maybe I'll see you on the R&R? I'll have a rod, no matter where we meet. Talked a friend' friend who did 1K on the AT last year, N to S, and he sais going that way, you have a shelter spot every night, just the way you line up with the N-bound hikers. Good luck.


Hhaha Nitebite, I'm not sure it's the walking keeping their weight down
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Old 04-09-2013, 02:38 PM   #12 (permalink)
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the Porkies... I'm pretty sure I want my ashes scattered there. Love it.
The northcountrytrail I referenced in previous, goes through the Porkies as well...

I second whomever mentioned the KM in WI. very pretty, and the terrain's varied enough to make hiking fun.
I've spent a little time in the northern section near West Bend.
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Old 09-20-2013, 02:01 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I've backpacked the whisker lake wilderness in Florence wi, rugged trails and several small lakes to fish for gills, bass, perch , also brule river runs through area... Manistee river trail has a good loop along river in Michigan, both about 6 hour drives. Try meetup.com for Chicago suburban backpackers group, lots of info and destinations.
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