Lots to look at. Not much shade .. I was dying on a 97 degree day but I would go back

hiking
9 months ago

Awesome little park, well kept, pretty views and little adventures. Me and my Aussie enjoy walking it all the time. We went geocaching and also found some cute painted rocks (Lake Michigan Rocks!) so keep an eye out, this park is a adventure.
-hunny bunny

Well maintained trail and horses but not to exciting. Took blue and yellow trail.

hiking
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Not the nicest scenic area

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Very peaceful.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

nice dense woods with lots of Wildlife

We did the blue loop trail. Not great if you're trying to take an interesting hike.

Nice for biking, horseback riding or jogging.

Pretty dull and entirely exposed to the sun the entire loop except for a few small areas.

Would not hike it again.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Absolutely love this trail as a beginner runner

Great early morning hike. I left the parking lot of the Travel America and had a great 5-6 mile hike doing the blue loop. Deer, rabbits and walkers with dogs. Very easy, well marked packed gravel, car width path for the part I did. Thanks for setting this aside in the 60s. A much needed break for me!!

Beautiful scenery but not very challenging. There is little to no elevation change. The paths are wide and well groomed. Great for seeing wetlands wildlife or for doing an easy hike.

hiking
Sunday, July 03, 2016

beautiful and I'm so excited to always see new forest preserves being added to the system

Nice trail, pretty trees, lovely meadows.
Watch out for road apples!

hiking
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

About a 1.5 mile hike to the north entrance from the truck stop. Followed the river around the east side of the lake. Over cast breezy afternoon. Saw horse tracks a me cyclers and a few joggers. Nice families and friendly fishermen.
I saw a couple of families of geese with their new young.
On the northwest side of the lake were two beaver lodges which were occupied.
Overall it was a nice nearby hike that ended up being about eight miles round trip. Quite a few more in the area I'd like to try next.

beautiful but just too many bikers ruined it for me. maybe you have to go early super early morning

mountain biking
Monday, June 09, 2014

I did the Blue Loop on my bike and really liked it. I will be going back to try another trail.

trail running
Friday, April 11, 2014

The trail is nice. There aren't really any hills, for Illinois that is. Most of the trail has horse prints so watch your feet when running, walking would be easy. This will probably go away after a good rain. I ran the entire trail and once the leaves come in it will be awesome. I will be going back.

trail running
Saturday, July 20, 2013

I agree with Mike, this trail is worth checking out. Runners- it is good to know there are facilities relatively often so if Mother Nature calls you know you are never far from a porta-pot. Well maintained urban multiuse trail. Nothing spectacular , but an easy place to get out and move.

This s one of the best trails near Gurnee, IL Accessable by the highway on the IL/WI border. Multi use trail of crushed gravel. It must extend at least 25 miles along the DesPlains River. I did a 6 mile out and back from the trailhead's north end through amazing woodland , wetland and prairie paths starting in Van Patten Woods. Much of the trail is covered in a canopy of old oak trees. the river, ponds and boggs provide fuel for the eyes, plenty of wildlife sounds along the way. Parking and bathrooms available at several points. For being so close to town, you feel like you are in the middle of the wilderness. Let the kids spend the day at Six Flags Theme Park just 3 miles south and treat yourself to an easy hike or a long trail run!

Amazing, fun, and quiet ride. Easy riding on a virtually flat trail.

walking
4 months ago

mountain biking
11 months ago

Sunday, May 21, 2017

hiking
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hiking
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