From angling to hiking, from viewing rare plants to observing migratory waterfowl, Moraine Hills State Park offers you a recreational bounty. Located in the northeast corner of Illinois, the park is 3 miles south of McHenry. McHenry Dam, on the Fox River, is on the park's western border. Roughly half of the park's 2,200 acres is composed of wetlands and lakes.
Had a great time. We have two reactive dogs, but were able to go out on the Kettle Woods loop (3.74 miles) and did not encounter a single other dog. Walked past quite a few people and there were some creepy single men hanging around, if you catch my drift, but I almost feel like that happens at any park anymore. All in all a beautiful park!
Jon H. on Fox River Trail
The south section of this trail from Oswego to Batavia is also mostly flat and paved. It is a nice trail that follows the river. The part through Aurora goes through the downtown area and involves a lot of stopping and navigating traffic. In Aurora, it connects to both the VL Gilman (east and west) and Prairie Path (east). If you enjoy drinking vino al fresco with the locals along the way, Aurora is the place for you. Bring two dollars for the wine and watch for broken glass.