Hiking Trails and Nature Spots Still Open During the Illinois Stay At Home Order
In an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus as much as possible, Governor Pritzker has closed the national parks and sites in Illinois. The spots were simply too crowded to be responsibly allowed to continue operation. However, that doesn’t mean all of the natural world is off-limits.
Individuals are still allowed, and in some cases even encouraged, to leave their homes to get a breath of fresh air. So where can one still find hiking and chilling spots out in nature during the COVID-19 stay-at-home quarantine period?
Though national parks are closed, the Illinois forest preserves remain open! Of course, visitors centers, facilities such as bathrooms, park/trail maintenance, and other programs have all been shuttered for the time being. However, as long as you bring the proper implements to ensure you’ll be surviving without these amenities, the areas are still (for the most part) open to the public.
How can I stay safe when visiting forest preserves and conservation areas in Illinois during the coronavirus pandemic?
When visiting, make sure to practice responsible social distancing, staying at least six feet from other visitors that are not co-inhabitants of your household. If people do not practice this, more restrictions and closings will take place, not to mention the increased dangers regarding the virus.
Check out the links below to head to the spots’ respective sites and get the latest info on their operations.
Make sure you check the links above for the latest info, as with everything in this pandemic, the status is ever-changing.