Deer Grove Forest Preserve Trails

MODERATE 12 reviews

Deer Grove Forest Preserve Trails is a 7.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Palatine, IL that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and road biking and is accessible from January until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

7.3 miles 299 feet Loop

dog friendly


road biking





wild flowers



old growth


3 days ago

Beautiful landscape. Trail markings caused some confusion.

8 days ago

I prefer the west side of the preserve, which is unpaved and not so crowded.

18 days ago

Great trails and surprisingly good birding there today. I like this place better during the week (less people) and in the spring or fall when it is much less buggy.

1 month ago

Plenty of paved road with beautiful views of trees and wildflowers. Also has some good gravel paths that take you through the woods.

3 months ago


4 months ago

Deer Grove East (where the directions take you) has a paved trail that is a 3 mile loop, great place to walk year round!

7 months ago

trail running
8 months ago

Great trails. Best in the northwest burbs. Paved trail to the east is sunny and decently flat for road runners. I stick to the west side for more of a dirt trail experience. The yellow trail works like a highway to the more difficult (unmarked) single track trails.

1 year ago

road biking
3 years ago

Would love to go there sometime for that awesome experience.
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3 years ago

I used to live in apartments right across the street from the park. I enjoyed this park often after work and on the weekends and miss living near there- such a great escape from the bustle of city life. Deer Grove West has a large and long loop, the "yellow line,"it is mostly gravel and unfortunately, there are many low spots in the trail that get really muddy and stay that way for days. Deer Grove West is great for nature hikes and slow walks with friends, because there is less traffic and more shade. There are many other trails in the park. Deer Grove East has a short loop that is paved- mostly unshaded (hot in summer); and another that is winding, sometimes shaded, and covered in gravel or dirt. These loops are about 2-3 miles in length and are great for trail running and/or biking- the traffic on these are heavier.

5 years ago

the potential this trail had with the single track dirt paths was unbelievable, but now they have changed the rules because of all of the tree huggers, its now a crushed limestone path, great for riding for pleasure