From angling to hiking, from viewing rare plants to observing migratory waterfowl, Moraine Hills State Park offers you a recreational bounty. Located in the northeast corner of Illinois, the park is 3 miles south of McHenry. McHenry Dam, on the Fox River, is on the park's western border. Roughly half of the park's 2,200 acres is composed of wetlands and lakes.

I love this trail! very easy scenic drive on paved roads. with many kid friendly possible stops along the way.

4 months ago

Whenever I’m in the area (or @ #CampingWorld to dump the rv) i make a point to spend some time here. It is very peaceful with a variety of trails and numerous parking areas throughout. It never feels crowded, but then I often go during the week. It’s open later than most parks which tend close right at “sunset” which is my favorite time to be in/at a park.

Pretty decent trail that has some cool scenery. It is quite hilly in patches though and be sure to spray yourself down with repellent before you head out

walking
5 months ago

Great trail, I bring my toddler in our stroller with our two dogs almost every week! So beautiful

Took my septuagenarian parents on this beautiful hike on a cool summer day. They loved it. Beauty abounds!

mountain biking
8 months ago

Decent trails that go through woods. Some hills and lakes that are nice. Nice place to visit

Beautiful day for a hike yesterday. First time at the Park. Trails are in great shape. Hiked 3.5 miles.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

no parking

hiking
Sunday, July 30, 2017

Great unfettered hike. Easy terrain.

hiking
Thursday, June 01, 2017

Nice walk. Varied terrain. Loop to McHenry Dam is my favorite

walking
Monday, May 15, 2017

Went on a hike with the kids. Paved or gravel path. We'll bring bikes next time.

hiking
Sunday, April 02, 2017

Great trails that are kept clean and taken care of.

trail running
Saturday, November 05, 2016

My favorite trail in area!

Good signage, 3 loops including dam offering variety of distances.

Every season is beautiful, check it out you won't be disappointed!

walking
Sunday, July 10, 2016

Nice trail. Did 6-7 miles. Paved and crushed limestone. Not too many hills, and great for biking, walking. Not necessarily a "hike".

hiking
Sunday, July 10, 2016

Had a great time. We have two reactive dogs, but were able to go out on the Kettle Woods loop (3.74 miles) and did not encounter a single other dog. Walked past quite a few people and there were some creepy single men hanging around, if you catch my drift, but I almost feel like that happens at any park anymore. All in all a beautiful park!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

love this trail!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

No parking!

mountain biking
Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Nice ride from crystal lake to east Dundee. Some good scenery. Nice place to stop for a frosty beverage at diamond jims in downtown Dundee

on Fox River Trail

Monday, October 05, 2015

The south section of this trail from Oswego to Batavia is also mostly flat and paved. It is a nice trail that follows the river. The part through Aurora goes through the downtown area and involves a lot of stopping and navigating traffic. In Aurora, it connects to both the VL Gilman (east and west) and Prairie Path (east). If you enjoy drinking vino al fresco with the locals along the way, Aurora is the place for you. Bring two dollars for the wine and watch for broken glass.

Friday, October 31, 2014

your can enjoy the as scenery, but the difficulty is wrong, this is a very easy trail that is paved all the way, nothing challenging about it.

hiking
Tuesday, July 01, 2014

I enjoyed walking in on the boardwalk! I have been here several times, although it has been several years since the last time i was there. Once I was there in spring and teeny frogs were hopping all across the trail!

mountain biking
Monday, March 24, 2014

I enjoy riding my bike here because the trails are wide and often paved. Much of the mileage is out in the open so a summer day can be a scorcher in the direct sun. Runners who prefer roads should be comfortable on these trails. Mostly wetland views.

road biking
Thursday, August 15, 2013

I spent the day riding the south section of the Fox River Trail from Elgin to Geneva and back which is about 30 miles. It meanders along the Fox River and is mostly a forested paved path with some stretches on rural roads, and side streets in the towns. Generally an easy ride with some hills, not heavily ridden as far as I can tell, with plenty of places to stop along the river. I had lunch in St Charles and sat along side the river watching the people go by. I believe you can take this to Aurora and connect up to the Illinois River Trail which runs 60 miles to the West.

Next up the North half—Dundee to Crystal Lake

birding
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

This park is very nice. I didn't see very many birds but the scenery was beautiful

mountain biking
Friday, November 04, 2011

Easy going trail with some mild hills, consistent terrain, and nice scenery. You can also access McHenry Dam from this park.

mountain biking
Monday, October 31, 2011

wow, this place rules.

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