Chipilly Woods Trail is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Northbrook, Illinois that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length1.7 miElevation gain42 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashkid friendlyMountain bikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestRiverViewsWildflowersMuddy
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zorry serafimova
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L Stohs
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Hiking

It was a very nice trail through the woods. A few soggy spots in places due to the rain the last few days. The plan was to do the whole Loop but we were stopped by 2 ft of water a couple feet across that had no way to pass without getting very wet.

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Mike Prochaska
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Nature tripsGreat!

Loved it! Liked all the little bridges to cross. Was fun

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Maria Iler
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Hiking

A lot of fallen branches blocking the trail. Luckily it hasn’t rained in the last few days or it would be a mud pit.

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Ellen Benson
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WalkingMuddyOff trailRocky
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Mike Kruger
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Mountain biking

It's an official FPDCC trail, but actual singletrack so it has more adventure than, say, the Des Plaines River Trail. I did it in dry August; it's going to be very muddy in the spring.

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U’ilani Akima
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HikingBugsMuddyOff trailOver grown

Very off that beaten path. Super cool but I wouldn’t do it again.

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Jonathan Biestek
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HikingBugsMuddyWashed out

Wouldn’t recommend, very difficult to cross the path in some spots.

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Jesse Valentine-Glunz
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Muddy

This is a great trail for a quick hike or bike ride. 9out of 10 dentists would recommend bringing bug spray

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Joshua Boman
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Hiking

Good for an adventurous hike - muddy, fallen logs, some nice views. Not always clear where the trail goes. But if you want to avoid bikes and strollers and get some nature, this is a great place.

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Kasia Pilewicz
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Devin Hanson
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This is the worst trail I’ve ever been on. There was literally 6 inches of mud through the entire path and we didn’t even make it a quarter mile before turning back. I posted photos...another way that Cook County is not using our tax dollars the way we’d like.

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Barry Millman
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Hiking

Stay away. The mosquitos on this hike are ferocious. The trail is very easy and a little boring. At one stage have to cross a small creek. Poorly marked

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Chantee Pathak
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Hiking

We hiked this trail counterclockwise. It begins fairly clearly delineated. Expect that you will need a strong bug spray and still a cloud of mosquitos will be following you - keep moving to outpace them. The trail will get muddier as you go. This is not a place to walk in your sandals or tennis shoes you don’t want covered with mud. As you get to the split (right to the river, left further into the woods)., the trail gets more overgrown then you will begin to see branches down across the path and trees limbs growing across it. It isn’t impassible but between the deep mud and the obstacles, bikers should consider a clearer path. There are a couple of small streams that you can either jump over or step over on fallen trees. As you approach the closest point to the road, the trail slowly becomes more obscure with more trees growing through the path. It becomes difficult to determine where the path goes and we had to backtrack a few times until the trail became impassible and we turned back and walked along the sidewalk back to our car.

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Jesse Bradley
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Hiking

If it has rained a lot in the last few days, be prepared for over half the trail to be muddy and nearly impossible to get across. Adding to that, given all the standing water, there are tooonnnns of mosquitoes. Nice woods other than that.

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Winifred Nimrod
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Hiking

be prepared. bug spray. long pants. long sleeved shirt. good shoes. very muddy. trail head not well marked but fairly easy to stay on path. trail app a great help when not sure. fun to hike on dirt path. worth a hike in to see the nature art. An escape in the middle of suburbia.

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melissa ginter
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Hiking

Very muddy. Did the trail counterclockwise and the 2nd half was ankle deep mud in spots.

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Shannon Skinner
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Walking

Nice late fall walk. A bit monotonous, but good easy walk with lots of woods.

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Diana Spiewak
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Great to explore. Lots of mosquitos!

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Louise Fernitz
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Nature trips

Go to the Chipilly Woods to explore Shannon's Circle. Go to Shannon's Circle on Facebook for more information and photos of this Environmental Art. The creative and spiritual energy here is amazing. Along the trail you will find the Agowatha Arch. This trail is a branch off of the bike trail. If you follow it you will start at Grant and Lee Roads and finish at Shermer Road. There are a few loops if you look that will lead you back to Grant and Lee.

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Steve none
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Mountain biking

After my first ride in Kettle Moraine a few days ago, I was hungry for something similar close to home. This trail is minutes from my house. If Kettle Moraine is challenging by design, then Chipilly is challenging through neglect. You need to watch yourself here, the hazards are not there to challenge you, they are there because nature put them there and nobody got rid of them. There are not many, but they can be totally unexpected. Many trails are not marked. Fortunately this is a fairly small area so you can't truly get lost. There are a couple of tiny stream crossings with narrow boards. I wouldn't guarantee them to hold 200 lbs. And there are some fallen trees that you'll have to walk your bike under. Very little elevation change of course. But if you are tired of the sanitized crushed gravel experience at every other "trail" in the system this will be either a welcome change, or at the very least a novel experience. Enjoy!

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