Chicago Botanic Garden Hike is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Northbrook, Illinois that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and birding and is best used from April until October.

1.8 miles
55 feet

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly






wild flowers

no dogs

2 months ago

Great place to walk and enjoy the natural beauty of many great gardens.

3 months ago

Great location to put in 10-20 miles in a day with many varied routes and always beautiful scenery.

8 months ago

It's actually in Glencoe, Illinois. Be sure to hike the prairie garden at the south end in the summer.

11 months ago

I would call the Botanic Gardens more of a stroll than a hike or walk, but a definitely beautiful stroll. The most well maintained Botanic Gardens I've been to nationwide.

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Saturday, November 05, 2016

Beautiful walk through a very beautiful garden.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

This is a beautiful walk or stroll. It is not a hike.

Friday, December 28, 2012

The Botanic Gardens is connected to the North Branch Trail. The bike trail cuts through the middle of it but the real value is in hiking/walking the 'bike free' trails and islands. Park along the North Branch Trail or the Green Bay Trail and ride in. Beautiful!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

-You do have to pay to access the Botanic Gardens if you Drive.
-There is free bicycle access from the North Branch Trail and a large designated area for locking up bicycles near the welcome center.
-They host garden related classes/seminars here
-They often have art shows & other events.
-There are drinking water fountains located throughout the property.
-They have snack & gift shops.

I love going to the Botanic Gardens. While it's true that there is an outer trail that allows bicycle and cars, the inner trails are pedestrian only. Some are paved and handicap accessible, others are not.There are so many little areas to discover with trails along waterfalls & around lakes/lagoons, regionally themed gardens, beautiful fountains & sculptures, to the wonderful greenhouses.

The trails are vast for such a small area and wind through the property like a spider web. I don't think I would be possible to be lost for long, but having a map (downloaded here or picked up for free at the visitor center) will help you find what your looking for and improve your overall experience. Is this the place to go for a challenging hike, no. Is this a great place to go to pass a morning or afternoon, definitely!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The botanical garden is beautiful, especially the Japanese garden. The trail surrounding it is ok. Cars are allowed, so it is not very peaceful. You can spot some storks and other wildlife in the Dixon Prairie.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

One can never get enough of the botanic garden! Beautiful!

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