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, and road biking and is best used from January until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
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.
Did part of the west side with my 5 year old. It was quite enjoyable.
Beautiful landscape. Trail markings caused some confusion.
I prefer the west side of the preserve, which is unpaved and not so crowded.
Great trails and surprisingly good birding there today. I like this place better during the week (less people) and in the spring or fall when it is much less buggy.
Plenty of paved road with beautiful views of trees and wildflowers. Also has some good gravel paths that take you through the woods.
Deer Grove East (where the directions take you) has a paved trail that is a 3 mile loop, great place to walk year round!