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Barrington, Illinois Map

Very easy walk

I liked it a lot

Beautiful trails, very clean. Yes there are muddy patches but it's called a nature trail for a reason. lol. I will definitely be back!

Well maintained trail that passes through a forest preserve (though there aren't many trees), by a river, and through some prairie areas. At each end of the trail there are outlooks with views of the Fox River (at the north end) and Grassy Lake (at the south-east end). The parking area is near the middle of the trail, so you can opt to hike just one side of the trail

Most of the forested area was designated as an Illinois Nature Preserve. Extensive restoration efforts have been made here to eradicate non-native shrubs from woodland tracts.

Friday, September 08, 2017

Nice for an easy walk, cool bridge crossing the marsh. There's a park at the far end which has a nice clean bathroom and more paths to extend your walk a little.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

mosquitos are bad

Thursday, June 29, 2017

first time walking this trail. in the midst of some construction but still nice views at the benches and half the trail is uphill for a somewhat moderate challenge

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Easy walking trail. Good scenery with the bridge and the Pine Forest. Constantly changing over the past four years with the brush being cleaned up.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

An easy walking trail, but most of the time, it is narrow and the brush is relatively high, so IMO not very scenic

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Nice trail for families. Dog friendly as well

Sunday, May 28, 2017

not worth it at this time,may 2017. although it's nice to hear all the birds chirping and the sounds of nature, the trail went from grass and,almost invisible and didn't know from time to time if you still were on a trail to extremely muddy and,big branches and tree trunks blocking the so called path. a number of sections where all the trees had to be cut down,probably for a good reason but very unappealing and sloppy looking to hike through. came back with my hiking boots extremely muddy. in my opinion, very little here is being taken care of,sad.

Great hike through various habitats.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

great for watching local wildlife. a nice quiet walk in the woods!

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Great fall colors and tall grasses. Nice visitor center with a lot of taxidermy. They also have binoculars you can borrow but I suggest you bring your own.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Beautiful and clean. Great for dog walking. Wide paths decrease chance of being run over with bikes, other walkers, etc. Highly recommended.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Ran a 5k here in August. It was a pretty easy trail for a run.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Easy hiking trails. Great scenery. Lots of wildlife, especially for bird watchers.

Friday, September 02, 2016

This is one of my favorite places. I've been coming here for years for nature walks and to bird watch.

Monday, July 25, 2016

We did the Bur Edge trail out from the nature center. An easy trail with the kids through the woods and prairie. Saw egrets, frogs, and birds. The kids nature play area was neat. Very hot and there were extended periods without shade. Enjoyed the exhibits at the nature center as well.

Monday, July 18, 2016

just a heads up, there are no pets allowed! but there's a bike path across the street that they offer as an alternative. very peaceful

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Easy gravel trail through mostly wetlands. Love the boardwalk here.

Monday, July 04, 2016

We lived near her for seven years and never knew about this place. Great family hiking! Nature center has live animals and check the hawk/owl/vulture exhibits a bit down the trail from the center. The kid area seems overgrown and path need to be widened for us to fully enjoy the experience. Overall, great place!

Monday, July 04, 2016

Awesome! Great preserve

Saturday, June 25, 2016

The directions take you to the south side of the lake, there's lots of bugs but it's scenic with a heron rookery on the lake.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Great place for family with kids! Beautiful and well maintained.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Red section of this trail is newly paved and/or limestone - reroute of part of old trail. Section north of parking lot stripped of non-native vegetation all the way to river, as part of prairie restoration. Wide open & barren - boring & exposed to sun/wind. Wait a few years until it recovers.

This trail is probably nice but it doesn't allow dogs. Why would I want to hike without my dog? The park employee rushed at us like we were criminals and told us we were not welcome with our dog. Lame!

Monday, March 21, 2016

This is one of my favorite sites with woodlands, streams, ponds, meadows and a nature center.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

flat wide trails

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