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Best trails in Crystal Lake

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Looking for a great trail near Crystal Lake, Illinois? AllTrails has 8 great running trails, hiking trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Big Foot Beach State Park or Moraine Hills State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Fullersburg County Forest Preserve or Ned Brown Forest Preserve. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 6 easy trails in Crystal Lake ranging from 2.3 to 6.7 miles and from 734 to 951 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Crystal Lake
Top trails (8)
#1 - Veteran Acres - Sterne's Woods Hike
Veterans Acres Park
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 18 m
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 thisShow more
#2 - Fox River Trail
Crystal Lake, Illinois
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 58 m
Fox River Trail is a 2.3 mile loop trail located near Crystal Lake, Illinois that features a river. The trail is good for all skill levels and offers a number of activity options.Show more
#3 - McHenry County Prairie Trail
Crystal Lake, Illinois
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Length: 18.5 mi • Est. 7 h 41 m
McHenry County Prairie Trail is a 18.5 mile point-to-point trail located near Crystal Lake, Illinois that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activitShow more
#4 - Prairieview Loop
Crystal Lake, Illinois
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h
By hiking the 6.5 miles of trails, visitors will explore some of the natural features to be found here and the many changes, both natural and manmade, that this site has seen. Follow the sidewalk to tShow more
#5 - Lippold Park
Lippold Park
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 14 m
Lippold Park is a 3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Crystal Lake, Illinois that features a lake. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, Show more
#6 - Illinois Prairie Trail
Crystal Lake, Illinois
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 13 m
Illinois Prairie Trail is a 3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Crystal Lake, Illinois and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail ruShow more
#7 - North Lake and South Lake
Three Oaks Recreation Area
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 13 m
North Lake and South Lake is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Crystal Lake, Illinois. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for walking, trail running, and Show more
#8 - Ridgefield Trace: Crystal Lake to Woodstock
Crystal Lake, Illinois
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 2 h 41 m
Ridgefield Trace is a paved trail that offer residents a safe mode of travel whether by foot, bike or rollerblade. The trail extends primarily along Route 14, for 7.5 miles from Lake Ave. in WoodstockShow more