Chicago Botanic Garden Hike

EASY 17 reviews

Chicago Botanic Garden Hike is a 1.9 mile loop trail located near Northbrook, Illinois. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, and birding.

DISTANCE
1.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
124 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

walking

no dogs

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

walking
5 months ago

5 months ago

nature trips
10 months ago

Beautiful walk through a very beautiful garden.

hiking
Friday, August 26, 2016

hiking
Sunday, December 13, 2015

walking
Monday, November 02, 2015

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Saturday, November 02, 2013

walking
Sunday, October 27, 2013

Thursday, September 19, 2013

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

hiking
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!

walking
Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Notes:
-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!

hiking
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.

walking
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

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