Explore the most popular trails in Mallard Lake Forest Preserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

running
no shade
3 months ago

Well kept trail. The distance around the lake is short...maybe a little over a mile

Had a good time hiking on Father’s Day 2019. Few people were out. Trail conditions were good. Did end up with 5 ticks on my legs after the grass portion on the trek.

walking
4 months ago

Good trail for an easy but scenic walk.

hiking
no shade
5 months ago

Very pretty scenery.

running
7 months ago

Nice little trail for shirt runs. Scenic. Run around the pond and over small bridges. Small hill up into woods, but otherwise mostly flat.

hiking
9 months ago

Really nice trail. I especially liked the bridges.

Wed Oct 10 2018

This trail was Aussome!! We loved it!! The dogs loved the easy access to the water and I loved the nice paths!! Very easy for someone with a dead leg and MS to walk comfortably!!!

The scenery is nice. Very similar to my home (Odense /Denmark). The big, low flying aircrafts, heading for Chicago, were getting on my nerves. It was SO NOISY from the crafts above. Would be nice to walk the hills of the restricted area. Try Google 'Stige Ø" (Stige Oe). I think this area has the same "history". Used to be a dump. Today a rekreation spot

Great location and a nice place for a short hike. Love taking my dog there too!

hiking
Sun Mar 04 2018

Very nice 3.3 mile walk/hike. Trail starts and ends with pavement for 0.5 miles. Rest of the trail is dirt/gravel. Just over a mile of the trail winds around the eastern side of Mallard Lake. A few nice places to rest or take pictures. Def will be adding this trail to my local hikes.

walking
Sun Mar 04 2018

Great for photography, nice walking path

walking
Sun Sep 03 2017

A really relaxing and peaceful place to walk while being surround by nature. Beautiful wild flowers and you are so close to the lake to actually enjoy it. Many places to stop along and sit to just take it all in. Great for dogs as it's lightly trafficked and very minimal biking. The path is pressed gravel making it hard for people riding bikes to come by you at a high speed. Defiantly go back here

hiking
Wed Aug 09 2017

Nice hike around a lake. The landfill that is just west of the lake, while it's not open to walk on, it is the highest man made hill in DuPage County at 982 ft. The next closest in height is Greene Valley at 880 ft. The top of Greene Valley is open on the weekends during the summer.

walking
Sun Feb 19 2017

Conveniently located. Much open space that takes you away from homes and traffic. Unfortunately right next to a landfill which is gross when you sit to think about it. Regardless it's an enjoyable place to escape and walk.

walking
Mon Feb 13 2017

Built on a garbage dump, this desolate, dead-tree lined trail most resembles a post apocalyptic wasteland.

packed gravel is like an additional shock absorber for running.

fishing
Thu Jul 14 2016

Short, but cool trail and beautiful area! You cross the lake at 2 bridges and across the island. Was there mid-day on a Thursday - plenty of people (bike/walk/run/walking dogs/fishing) there is a boat ramp, but there was a box for ramp fees. Caught bluegill, small perch and bass. Saw red-tailed hawk and Caspian Tern. :)

on Mallard Lake Trail

walking
10 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

road biking
2 months ago

road biking
2 months ago

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