Explore the most popular Forest trails near Chicago with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
flooded
icy
muddy
snow
17 days ago

We really didn’t do the trail because we took a wrong turn early on. That said, we wouldn’t have been able to continue if the actual trail was as bad as the little bit we did. The problem with this terrain under these conditions is that you can only look down. If you look up for even a few steps, you could easily fall down.

bird watching
snow
1 month ago

bird watching
snow
1 month ago

hiking
muddy
over grown
3 months ago

Trail not marked at all, very muddy. Lots of deer and fallen trees, had to turn around

hiking
bugs
muddy
off trail
over grown
washed out
4 months ago

This probably could’ve been a great trail but due to recent rain fall it was extremely overgrown and washed out/ muddy. At one point we had to turn back because we lost the trail along the river and it seemed to be flooded. We went hiking back to the main path and realized it for sure was flooded and we would’ve been stuck. If you do this, make sure to stay on the marked trails for now. Maybe after the river goes down you can do this trail.

Beautiful trail today, not many people out. Six deer though, which was nice to see.

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

Rough area

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

hiking
blowdown
bugs
muddy
8 months ago

trail still flooded could only get about 1/3 or 1/2 mile south of the Robinson Woods parking. very muddy.

Gravel trail, moderate traffic. The trail near Camp Pine/Region 3 has a prairie and some interesting trail branches theough the wooded areas. A veey nice spot to visit in the fall. Some muddy spots, so hiking shoes advised.

bird watching
muddy
9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Long trail with great views of the city. The lake front path is crowded but we just walked on the grass most of the way. Also you can stop along the way and take in the views and even have a drink! -All in all....Great workout!

hiking
muddy
off trail
10 months ago

I walk it several times a month. I Always notice something new. It's one of the many pleasures of living in a WALKING city..

If you like mud, this is for you. It hasn’t rained in over a week and the river water level is low, but the trail is still mostly mud. There are many down and dead trees throughout. One of my kids said it reminds him of a scene from a horror movie so not the most enjoyable nature scene either. Perhaps if the trail were completely frozen it may be more enjoyable but there was so much mud we took the main road back, despite the lack of a sidewalk to do so.

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