Deer Grove Forest Preserve Trails

MODERATE 51 reviews

Deer Grove Forest Preserve Trails is a 7.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Palatine, Illinois that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and road biking and is best used from January until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
318 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

hiking

road biking

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

old growth

rocky

hiking
3 days ago

hiking
3 days ago

walking
4 days ago

We took the eastern most 3 mile trail. there was very little shade no place to sit and only saw 1 porta-potty and 1 bathroom.
I was glad it was a cool day.

4 days ago

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hiking
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hiking
30 days ago

mountain biking
1 month ago

This is an absolutely beautiful forest preserve, and this one star is not about Deer Grove, but about its administrators. Unfortunately they have closed off all the wonderful single-track trails to mountain bikers. It is insane because there are never any hikers/walkers on these off-beaten trails, so basically 70% of the trails go unused and unenjoyed. I even ran into a park guide/ambassador who told me he thought the ban on mountain bikers was completely stupid as well. This was a misguided rule by the trails committee back in 1996. This ban should be removed so more tax paying citizens can enjoy Deer Grove like they can of so many other forest preserves in Illinois.

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Great place to get outside, hike or jog but trails were muddy after a heavy rain.

walking
2 months ago

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked a good portion of the west side if the trail. Some gravel paths, a large main paved path that connects to most of the smaller trails and a very good amount of side trials that are hardly marked at all. Some you may miss if you're not looking for them. Those are the best a providing a good out in the woods feel. Saw a family of six deer when i was last out. Will definitely go back.

3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

A healthy doe manifests 15 feet ahead of us and we, so typical of city dwellers, see a large dog at first, slowly recognizing our mistake and marveling in the beauty of this creature. "How can people shoot these?" I quietly wonder. The wind moves slowly through us as the doe recedes into the deep brush, disappearing behind a blanket of tall prairie grass and shrubs. The white of her tail reflecting the dim light from the overcast is all we can see as she moves on. We were a passing curiosity at best; yet our reaction lacks such triviality: We wonder where she is going and hope she has learned to stay off of the highway droning not far from where we stand. We stand still as the overcast breaks for a moment, revealing a solitary ray of light, and we see her white tail once more. And then she's gone.