Originally Posted by scooby105
There are a few places to backpack in Illinois. They're not necessarily good, but they're there.
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.
Forest Glen Preserve in Vermillion County has backpacking. I've never backpacked there, but I have wanted to.
You can also backpack the Chief Illini Trail at Lake Shelbyville. It's an 11 mile trail.
You 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