Very peaceful.

nice dense woods with lots of Wildlife

We did the blue loop trail. Not great if you're trying to take an interesting hike.

Nice for biking, horseback riding or jogging.

Pretty dull and entirely exposed to the sun the entire loop except for a few small areas.

Would not hike it again.

Absolutely love this trail as a beginner runner

Great early morning hike. I left the parking lot of the Travel America and had a great 5-6 mile hike doing the blue loop. Deer, rabbits and walkers with dogs. Very easy, well marked packed gravel, car width path for the part I did. Thanks for setting this aside in the 60s. A much needed break for me!!

Beautiful scenery but not very challenging. There is little to no elevation change. The paths are wide and well groomed. Great for seeing wetlands wildlife or for doing an easy hike.

hiking
5 months ago

beautiful and I'm so excited to always see new forest preserves being added to the system

Nice trail, pretty trees, lovely meadows.
Watch out for road apples!

About a 1.5 mile hike to the north entrance from the truck stop. Followed the river around the east side of the lake. Over cast breezy afternoon. Saw horse tracks a me cyclers and a few joggers. Nice families and friendly fishermen.
I saw a couple of families of geese with their new young.
On the northwest side of the lake were two beaver lodges which were occupied.
Overall it was a nice nearby hike that ended up being about eight miles round trip. Quite a few more in the area I'd like to try next.

beautiful but just too many bikers ruined it for me. maybe you have to go early super early morning

mountain biking
2 years ago

I did the Blue Loop on my bike and really liked it. I will be going back to try another trail.

trail running
2 years ago

The trail is nice. There aren't really any hills, for Illinois that is. Most of the trail has horse prints so watch your feet when running, walking would be easy. This will probably go away after a good rain. I ran the entire trail and once the leaves come in it will be awesome. I will be going back.

trail running
3 years ago

I agree with Mike, this trail is worth checking out. Runners- it is good to know there are facilities relatively often so if Mother Nature calls you know you are never far from a porta-pot. Well maintained urban multiuse trail. Nothing spectacular , but an easy place to get out and move.

This s one of the best trails near Gurnee, IL Accessable by the highway on the IL/WI border. Multi use trail of crushed gravel. It must extend at least 25 miles along the DesPlains River. I did a 6 mile out and back from the trailhead's north end through amazing woodland , wetland and prairie paths starting in Van Patten Woods. Much of the trail is covered in a canopy of old oak trees. the river, ponds and boggs provide fuel for the eyes, plenty of wildlife sounds along the way. Parking and bathrooms available at several points. For being so close to town, you feel like you are in the middle of the wilderness. Let the kids spend the day at Six Flags Theme Park just 3 miles south and treat yourself to an easy hike or a long trail run!

Amazing, fun, and quiet ride. Easy riding on a virtually flat trail.