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West Ridge Nature Preserve [CLOSED] is a 0.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Chicago, Illinois that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length 0.8 mi Elevation gain 9 ft Route type Loop

Wheelchair friendly

Kid friendly

Stroller friendly

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

Paved

Views

Wild flowers

Bugs

Closed

City walk

No dogs

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Note: This area is currently closed due to COVID-19. For more information, please see https://westridgenaturepreserve.org/ Who knew such a jewel, undeveloped for 100 years, existed close to the busy intersection of Peterson and Western Avenues. 20 acres of woods surround a 4-acre pond to watch hawks, herons and foxes as well as spotting the occasional wood duck or coyote. A decade ago plans were in the works to convert this wilderness into a retail area. In 2005, a congressional earmark funded the acquisition of this land from Rosehill Cemetery. The acquired land was transferred to the Chicago Park District in 2011. The park district's renovation has transformed this wilderness into the West Ridge Nature Preserve, an oasis of native flora and fauna.

http://www.westridgenaturepreserve.org/

MAP: http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/sites/default/files/article/image-non-gallery/568%20Rendered%20Site%20Plan%20w%20o%20text%20box.jpg

Walk in Entrance: N Western Ave & W Ardmore Ave, Chicago, IL 60659 https://www.google.com/maps/dir//N+Western+Ave+%26+W+Ardmore+Ave,+Chicago,+IL+60659/@41.9911083,-87.7057899,13.21z/data=!4m16!1m7!3m6!1s0x880fd1e53d28c09d:0xf062a18198e2337e!2sN+Western+Ave+%26+W+Ardmore+Ave,+Chicago,+IL+60659!3b1!8m2!3d41.986807!4d-87.6894814!4m7!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x880fd1e53d28c09d:0xf062a18198e2337e!2m2!1d-87.6894814!2d41.986807

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Recordings (25)
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Diana M.
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Hiking

This trail is open again.

Rachel Fricke
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Hiking

It’s really cute but it’s closed right now!! I went on 5/25 - don’t try to go there!

Caryn Feldman
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Hiking

Lovely park. We saw 3 deer and countless butterflies. In the middle of the city. Who knew?

Jay Harvey
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Hiking

Peaceful walk/hike in the middle of northern Chicago...even has a lake for fishing

Anna Parks
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Walking

Loved this little spot! One of the few in the city that feels like an oasis! Trails are easy and paved, but the nature is very beautiful. Lots of butterflies, wildlife, a lovely little lake/pond, and tons of wildflowers! Stunning little place. As good as it gets in Chicago, that’s for sure!

Derek Ramos
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Road biking

Nice nature walk near Rosehill Cemetery. Good for moderate hiking or running but ok for a bit of biking just watch out that some of trails can go in different places and turns can be blocked by the overgrown plants.

Steve S.
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Walking

The prairies are beautiful and so is the board walk. Most of the paths are paved, which is good for wheelchairs and strollers, but not for hiking.

Khaleb Straight
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Brent Reininger
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Adem Dirakovic
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Ryan Fitzgibbons
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Robert Macholan
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Dan Colin
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Ryan Fitzgibbons
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Erin Ryan
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Erin Ryan
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Erin Ryan
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Erin Ryan
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Erin Ryan
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Melissa J.
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Gillian Verdico
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Erin Ryan
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Aldo Argueta
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Erin Ryan
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Dave Zalatoris
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Erin Ryan
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Erin Ryan
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Robert Macholan
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Sylvia Goczol
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Jennifer Hayes
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