Chicago Botanic Garden Trails is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Glencoe, Illinois that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October.

Length1.8 miElevation gain55 ftRoute typeLoop
Wheelchair friendlykid friendlystroller friendlyNature tripsWalkingBird watchingLakePavedViewswild-flowersNo dogs
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Lovely winding paths that go to various exhibits including a sensory garden, bonsai courtyards (one of the trees is 600-1,000 years old), and a waterfall. Accessibility: The trail surface is mostly paved with cement and bricks and typically between three and eight feet wide. Some sections are packed gravel. The slope is estimated to be steep (12% grade or less) in some sections between the 0.7 and 1.4 mile mark which is the south and east portion of the Gardens. The slope is typically mostly gentle (5% grade or less) in most other areas. There are at least 20 designated wheelchair accessible spots at the large and paved parking lots. Most of the trail is wheelchair and stroller friendly. Wheelchairs are available to rent from the Information Desk in the Visitor Center. For additional information, including the location of accessible restrooms and dining, please visit: https://www.chicagobotanic.org/visit/accessibility

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Lyn Marchluk
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Warren Conatser Echevarria
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Diane Moe
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it is always a great place to go.

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Juan Brito
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Sarah Rosten
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David Iskowich
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Chris Neely
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WalkingGreat!

Mild crowds but still plenty of space to walk comfortably-spaced through the Gardens. Ample shade and lots of quiet areas to explore, all enjoyable even on a hot day. The Sensory Garden is a highlight. Lots of signage visible so you don’t have to double back often, if at all. Will definitely return on a cooler day.

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R. Barnhart
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Spent 3 hours walking and still didn’t see everything. Winding paths - it’s easy to get lost but there’s plenty of helpful wayfinding signs. The variety of plant life and garden styles is amazing. Don’t miss the bonsai courtyards - one of the trees is 600-1,000 years old.

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Maciej Ciupa
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Fantastic sceanry. One of the best gardens on the planet.

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Jean-Claude Linossi
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One of the best botanical gardens I have ever been to. Really loved my time spent there.

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

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

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

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Jean-Claude Linossi
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Nature trips

Beautiful walk through a very beautiful garden.

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

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Paul Uhl
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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!

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Ryan Grande
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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!

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Isabel Fernandez
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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.

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

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Michael Freitag
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c.w. l.
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Zenn Quinn
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kelly paulsen
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Jennifer Blasco
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Mary Senn
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Rafhy Munoz
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Tony Castanon
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David Bock
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Alex Yakhnis
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kelly paulsen
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