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Nice hike through the Forest Preserve. Trail is well-marked. Users are considerate. Watching people train on the Swallowtail Steps is seriously inspiring.

16 days ago

Decided to challenge ourselves to go for this 9ish miles trail during Thanksgiving weekend. Finished up around 3 and half hours. Enjoyed the trail very much, beautiful view, took bunches of photos on the way, though the trail is quite muddy after the rain.

great trail, all users are pretty considerate, has nice ups and downs

nature trips
22 days ago

I walked through this forested area in early October. The weather was beautiful and the leaves were starting to change. I loved how quiet it was and the fact that there was very little traffic. It honestly felt like I had the whole place to myself.

23 days ago

Hiked November 2018. Great trail if you like winding, woodsy, unpaved trails with rolling hills. Trails were marked but lots of intersecting trails so you can choose your own adventure which adds to the fun. Says trail is 10.1 miles but that’s if you are able to hike every path - many run side by side each other. We ended up with a 4-mile hike. I’d definitely do this trail again!

29 days ago

This was nice hike that I enjoyed. Good amount of hills which I liked. Went during the weekday and not that many people on the trail. Also the trail is well marked so you shouldn’t have a problem following it. Go out and enjoy this trail.

trail running
1 month ago

Amazing run. Really enjoyed the woods area

Very nice, short hiking trail that take less than an hour to complete.

mountain biking
1 month ago

definitely should be rated hard. most inexperienced mountain bikers will have issues. helmet and proper bike a must.

Highway noise is audible the whole time and the trail crossed several road with decent vehicle traffic. At one point it ran up against housing. Decent trail if you take the proximity of the city into account. The dog had a lot of fun though.

Beautiful fall day. Amazing golds and flame reds from the trees. Cool breeze in the sun making it perfect for hiking. A little road noise near the 55 but otherwise you could never guess where you you are. Easy walking. Great for our dog. Not too many times you can look down in Illinois unless your in a building but the glen gives you that privilege. Thankful for such a beautiful day.

I didn’t make it to the waterfall before nightfall, but a bit disappointed. Wasn’t as exclusive as I enjoy my trail hikes to be. Head the highway the whole time and there were telephone wires through the forest area and lots of roads to cross. Not bad for the length and the proximity to the city, and the areas are nice.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Good mountain bike trail. Some of the inclines were challenging. If you don’t want to share the trail with animals, this isn’t the one for you. A lot of dog walkers & horseback riders. Also a lot of horse poop to try and avoid.

Very pretty. Nice neighborhood. Had a hard time finding it at first. Had to pull out the map on my phone to make it a complete loop back to my car.

There weren’t any trail signs and the path isn’t a complete loop. It’s pretty but my dog didn’t like it. Lots of mud this time of year

This is a nice hike. There are many paths you can choose from. I enjoyed the quiet of this trail.

2 months ago

Really calm hike through the forest. There is a nice small waterfal mid trail. Lot's of runners.

This trail is not ment for hiking or road bikes. The description should be changed so as to not confuse people. I love that this spot is along the river.

2 months ago

Maybe we went to the wrong spots, but we tried at two different areas, and both were a bust. One was very hilly, wrapped in all different directions, and took us right where we started. It seemed very easy to get lost in there. Another area was along the Fox river, but very short. Probably a great place for cycling, and very pretty views, but we don't plan to go back.

2 months ago

Nice easy hike, just be prepared to step off the path for mountain bikers and check out the ponds off trail

Not for biking too slippery!

Nice trails, little confusing with the maps and the trails are not marked well.

I live across the street from Busse Woods. Little crowded, specially on Sundays, but absolutely beautiful!!!
Will always recommend this one!!!

Good gravel trail for hiking/biking.

trail running
2 months ago

I grew up in the woods of Florida. I've travelled since, and wound up living in the city. Chicago is great. But instead of hating the suburbs when I moved out here to Arlington Heights, I've loved it. Largely thanks to amazing wooded trails like this one. There's pockets of shade here or there, and some segments of the trail definitely offer more than others. But there's tons of wildflowers, sweeping views, water, facilities all along the way. The trail is correctly rated as easy. There are a few sections with mild incline/decline, but mostly flat and easy to run or walk. And all along the way, it's beautiful. I highly recommend this trail to anyone nearby.

Beautiful early morning walks in this 9 mile trail.

Great spot to get away from the busy life for a bit. Has both pavement and dirt hiking/biking trails with wooden areas and open fields. My favorite place in the area!

3 months ago

Great scenery. Well kept. Wonderful waterfall.

road biking
3 months ago

This is a well kept park ideal for bikes. My 7 year old and I stayed on the North side. There are some elevation changes, and a couple of bridges. In the city, a nice wooded getaway.

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