Ended picking dog day to go and needless to say, it was very very crowded. We decided to hike the main trails and it ended up being a very fun experience. identifying the trees was also very entertaining and we hiked a good 3 miles at least, giving my little sister a good workout that she complained about the whole time xD. A nice change of scenery that average Illinois citizens don't see very often. Great to see during the fall for sure.
First time coming here. Was invited to attend the preview Illumination Night. Walked only about 1.5 miles on this night as the other trail is he were closed.
Beautiful area and wonderful trails. Will try and go here on a non holiday season and try and get a few more miles in.
Small but cool little place. 2 loops, 1 around each lake. The lake to the north has MUCH more traffic. But many enjoy it. I love the south lake it's more enclosed in the woods and less traveled.
Biking, walking, running, fishing, dog walking, picnicing. Got just about everything in a small little area.
Even though all the signs on the trail say that no runners are allowed, do it anyway! It was a great trail run on nice trails. Very easy with nature all around you. You are required to pay $14 if you are not a member, but to us it was worth it.
Gorgeous all year but especially in the fall. Mostly trees and a few flowers along with some prairie flora. A few ducks, geese, some rabbits, and various birds make up the fauna. Not too expensive to get in and well worth it. Great for families!
If you have your camera with you, the West Trail offers better scenic views than the East Trail. Not many animals or flowers, tons of trees. We will definitely do it again in October. With so many gorgeous trees, I can't wait to see the fall colors.
Bring a water bottle with you. Once there, water it is only available at the visitor center, and a 250ml bottle costs $4.00.