Loved this! Camped with kids aged 9-12 and even in 95 degree heat we had shade and enjoyed the hike. Not super challenging, but lots of great native plants and a very cool thorny locust tree that required lots of photos and drawings by the kids.

Nicely wooded and shady, but barely hilly and nothing to see.

This is my local hiking spot. I take Marengo Ridge for granted, but in reality it's probably the best spot in this part of northern Illinois. It has several different types of trails. Prairie grassed, woods grassed, and about 2 miles of wooded hiking trails. The hiking trails are fairly challenging with a lot of hills and obstacles, and overall a lot of fun. There is plenty of parking, bathrooms, and picnicking areas. There is a paved camping loop with several dozen sites. Overall, this is just a really nice place to have close by.

This is my "go-to" trail as its only 30 minutes from my door, but also because it is a gorgeous place, especially in summer and fall with the prairie flowers blooming and trees changing. Nice elevation changes compared to other trails in the area. There is a one mile loop that I love to start on from the parking lot on the right which links up to more loops in the other direction. There is so much variety in how you can hike through the loops. I never get tired of the trails here.

Nice hike trail with wide & narrow paths, creek, footbridge. Some elevation. There is area that has several cairns (stacked stones). Best to wear Trex on boots when snows on the ground because had lots of ice too. Walking stick was handy.

love this trail. it can get difficult on the upper loop because of the very uneven terrain and tree roots, rocks, ect.

hiking
11 months ago

Grass trail nice well maintained.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Early january thaw so the trails were very damp and muddy in most spots. Cool to see the Glacial erratics but wish hikers and walkers would not stack the rocks into towers. Remember leave no trace.

camping
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Easy hiking, no more than 5 miles long. Trails run through the prairie on the south side of the park and through wooded sections on the northern end. Good hiking for people that cannot tolerate rugged terrain, or for families with small children that cannot do a lot of walking.
Camp sites are nice and appear to be well maintained. Booking can be done online and is somewhat of a hassle as the website is apparently new to them. During camping season there is a host that you check in with and who will drop off firewood to you if you decide to purchase it. Most camping sites are relatively close to the parking areas.
There is one small pond that is not accessible for fishing and you definitely wont want to swim in it. Larger group camp areas can be rented during the off season, but at a rate of $100 per spot. Trails are marked fairly well,

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Nice loop hike in the flat lands of Illinois. Have to make the best of what nature has to offer here in the flat suburbs of the Midwest.

hiking
Thursday, August 09, 2012

good spot for some trail running, as there is some moderate change in elevation (small ups and downs). very accessible and easy parking. there is an adjacent crushed limestone trail to the east that is nice and flat and likely linked to a much larger network (but not sure).

trail running
Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Not a very challenging trail. Most of the terrain is easy. There is one more rugged trail but it was very short. There were however some downed trees on the rugged terrain trail which made my trail run a little more interesting. It was fun to hurdle over the trees and crawl under the branches.

on Marengo Ridge Loop Trail

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Monday, June 19, 2017

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