Lake Katherine Trail

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Lake Katherine Trail is a 1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Palos Heights, Illinois that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.0 miles Elevation Gain: 32 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash


trail running


bird watching



3 months ago

nice short walk

10 months ago

The view is beautiful while walking and it is a great place to bring the dog

11 months ago

Pretty easy walk. Love the water fall.

11 months ago

beautiful scenery. and lovely people surround this hidden gem of a lake

11 months ago

Saw wildlife- turtles, chipmunks, butterflies, birds. A peaceful and minimally challenging walk with sculptures and beautiful scenery.

11 months ago

Trail is nice. It’s short and easy to do. Wood chips go all the way around the lake.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Excellent trail for beginners.

Monday, April 30, 2018

If you are a beginner (for walking or running), this is the perfect little trail for you. It’s one-mile loop is easy going and perfect for those getting started walking with pleasant views set in nature’s backdrop.

nature trips
Monday, April 02, 2018

Definitely an easy trail. This is where I'll take friends and family that cannot handle a long or moderate hike. scenery is beautiful. Small space jam- packed with nature.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

This trail is EASY, no where near moderate. That being said, it provides a more interesting and peaceful atmosphere to get in a 3 mike walk than doing it in my nearby neighborhood. Early morning walks, before it gets busy, are quiet and relaxing. The waterfall is pretty!

Monday, March 05, 2018

too cold.nice swans.too many geese.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Very scenic little area. Luckily, it was plowed (a little bit) after about 16” of snow, which is great after trudging a few other trails over the last week that were not. The waterfall was great, and had a fun time watching the ducks on the pond.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Love it. Especially the herb garden in the summer.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Very peaceful at 8am

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Great place to see water fowl and to bird. The walk is easy but getting the kids out of the nature center is not. The gardens are lovely to behold. We never get tired of coming here!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

It's beautiful. Love the waterfall:)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Beautiful walk around the lake; we saw turtles, geese, ducks, only gripe is that this is NOT moderate. It's very easy - groomed trail and benches every 50 feet or so.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

It's a small loop trail but nonetheless very scenic and even more beautiful in fall. My aunt used to take me on this trail a lot as a kid. It offers a botanical garden and nature center along with an area to rehydrate. Fun things to take photos of and a children's area. Plenty of benches if you would like to sit and enjoy the nature around you.

Monday, August 15, 2016

This was a really beautiful trail and great to walk around. Nice wide trail (I took my dog with) so passing other dogs we weren't on top of each other. NOT for off leash! There are tons of people and dogs walking the trail. It is short, only a mile, so we took two laps. It's great for a quick beautiful trip!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Beautiful place

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Very nicely kept trail with great attempts to maintain nature preserves for birds and wildlife. They had a lot of man-made mini parks that were nice to stroll through as well. Overall, it was a beautiful park. Although I was able to take my dog, it would not be a location to let him off the leash based on how many other people and dogs were there even just to go into the water. It was an easy walk without challenging obstacles. It'd be a great loop to jog at or ride a bike if that is allowed.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Very comfortable walking trail for all ages

Thursday, December 31, 2015

With the warm weather on Christmas Eve, what better day to go for a walk on a new, short trail. The Lake Katherine loop was great. I'd like to get back out and try snow shoeing later this winter and canoeing there this summer.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

This place is beautiful!!

bird watching
Monday, November 02, 2015

1 mile trail is okay. Too many people everywhere. I don't like to have to keep stopping because there are kids everywhere and people sightseeing.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

nice waterfall and lake. where is the 4 mile trail? only could find the one mile. no maps to tell you where it is.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Beautiful area for sure and stroller friendly as well just so the parents know!!!

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Beautiful. Easy hike. Great for photo ops. Very clean.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

I just found this place and I'm a big fan! clean and beautiful. I need to come back to check out those bike trails!!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Very easy trail....flat, no inclines, no fuss. The trail path is covered in mulch. There are lots of interesting sites to see around the lake. Butterfly gardens, herb gardens, identified trees, lots of benches, (and the day we went) 3 wedding parties taking photographs. Enjoyable easy walk around the lake. Very dog and children friendly.

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