Veteran Acres - Sterne's Woods Hike

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Veteran Acres - Sterne's Woods Hike is a 2.9 mile loop trail located near Crystal Lake, Illinois and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.9 miles Elevation Gain: 190 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash


mountain biking

nature trips

road biking



partially paved

11 days ago

Beautiful little piece of heaven in a suburban setting. A hilly loop approaching 3 miles awaits. The trails are patrolled regularly so keep the pooch on a leash. I like to start in the north lot near Terra Cotta. Best in Fall.

14 days ago

This was a very pleasant surprise!! many different paths to choose from to lengthen you hike, many more inclines and declines then what I thought it would have. Very pretty scenery also. Took our 2 dogs and they also enjoyed it very much!

mountain biking
19 days ago

after riding the trails I go there all the time

1 month ago

one of my favorite places. we always find new places with the little trails off the main ones. my dogs love this place. used by lots of people. even in the winter.

Beautiful woodlands with prairie openings. Surprising with more incline/declines than I imagined

4 months ago

Extremely easy and short trail around small pond but also huge field with baseball field and lots of space to go with your dog and still be away from people. Definitely recommend anyone close.

11 months ago

This is a great place to go that isn’t too far from the Chicago city limits. I honestly can’t believe I had never checked it out before. Wingate prairie preserve is a great nature preserve with diverse types of trees, flowers, birds, etc. I even got to see a scurry of chipmunks :). This trail was good overall. I also walked around the much as I could was flooded in spots. There are several other small trails here as well. Overall, it was a great fall nature walk. Just remember to wear the appropriate shoes attire based on the weather. It was quite muddy today in spots but I had my boots on so it wasn’t an issue. I will definitely go back in the spring. Oh, also seems like a great spot for a picnic/gathering. The bathrooms at the visitor center were super clean too. P.S. This is not a moderate path. It is on the easy side.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Decided to try this trail for heavy rucking this morning and really enjoyed it. Lots of mosquitos, but not unusual for the middle of July. I liked the wide variety of terrain and good amount of elevation gain, within a shory 4-mile trek. I will definitely be back to try more of the smal trail offshoots.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

LOTS of mosquitos this summer! My sister came out of the hike with at least 20+ bites. I️ only have a few! Otherwise the hike was amazing and beautiful

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Very hilly in Veterans Acres and Sterns Woods. Has some thick wooded areas.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Excellent course. Tough hills, single track, and heated bathrooms. 3.5 mile loops and excellent terrain!

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Very nice walking and jogging

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Nice trail would have given it a 4-5 but the trail had a lot of ice on it. Other than that I enjoyed it

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Great vistas and a great wooded run with some challenging inclines.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Went here today and unfortunately my recorded trail didn't save correctly. It's a great workout with lots of hills. I enjoyed the hike and loved the little unmarked trails.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Trails are not labeled well and are very confusing. Not my favorite for running.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Very scenic with the varied environments! Trails are challenging at times with good uphill climbs and wonderful views. Seems longer than 3 miles as you can meander through the woods on offshoots of the main trail. Will definitely come back in fall and winter.

Monday, April 25, 2016

One of my faves. So many trails to take. I've done 5+ miles here at a time and that's only a fraction of what's there if you hit it all.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Much more than 3.5 miles here. A whole network of MTB, hike, trail running trails.

Monday, March 24, 2014

This beautiful pair of parks is heavily used by trail runners, mountain bikers, geocachers, birders, etc. It's popular for a reason and is great year around. It's not flat, and the hills can be steep depending on the route chosen. No camping allowed. GREAT singletrack.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Nice trails ( mostly flat) a lake, and Nature center for the kids.

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Went for the 1st time, going around the lake was not cool for biking , the lake smelled and looked bad. took the back trails and had more fun on the bikes, if your biking go north of the park house and just find a trail and go. lots of hills good workout . Have fun.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Best trail running in the area. There is a 6.5 mile loop you can do combining the hiking trails of Sternes Woods and Veteran Acres park -- almost all through the woods with big steep hills too. My Ultramarathon club loves running there. Our club holds 2 organized trail ultramarathon races there every year -- the "Frozen Gnome 10k and 50k" in January and the "Earth Day 15m and 50k" in April. There is also another 11-mile race in November put on by a different club called the "Northwest Trail Run". People love to run here.

Friday, December 07, 2012

Very nice for the area!

Monday, June 04, 2012

We took the kids (8&5), with bikes, but did mostly hiking! Had a great time!

mountain biking
Sunday, January 15, 2012

A good place to ride hidden right in the middle of the burbs. It has two trails, one is a gravel loop and the other is a paved bike path. The real good stuff is off the paths so look for openings in the trees! Plenty to find out there and some real gnar stuff in the middle!

mountain biking
Thursday, September 08, 2011

the hiking trails are perfect if your into shredding and getting yucky.. bring your bike and i will see you out there

mountain biking
Thursday, September 08, 2011

pretty good for a mtbing. i go out there almost daily and shred the trails. dont go on the paved path, i like to shred the hiking trails. if you see a trail off of the paved path, i recommend that you take it cause thats were all of the fun is. the hiking trails have a couple of solid berms and theres a town of small over-hangs and little jumps. great for beginners and people who want to have a good time on the trails.

mountain biking
Wednesday, July 06, 2011

dont go it sucks for mtb biking

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