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Nice little trail through both prairie and forest. The forest was more lovely than I thought it would be--but it is October and what forest isn't beautiful in October? The creek itself is somewhat anti-climatic, but there is a lovely pond. I really enjoyed all the dying wildflowers and grasses. Quite enjoyable, and easy for all.

mountain biking
1 month ago

I bike this trail routinely as it is only a mile from where I live. I love going at all times of year. You can combine it with other trails in the park for a longer ride. The park crew does a fantastic job of maintaining the trails and it’s very clean. It’s a nice escape from the sounds of the city, and there are a few nice ponds to enjoy the views from as well. Depending on the time of year you go, you may get to share the trail with dogs on a walk, horses, RV Park users, or even a dog-sled team.

No markings or signs to even let anyone know this exists will certainly keep it hidden. You have to drive thru the cemetery to get to the 6 parking spaces and entrance to the trail. As for the trail, likely due to the obscurity of this preserve, the trails are overgrown at best and nonexistent at the worst. My attempt to go out in late August was thwarted by 7ft high vegetation only .1 miles in which obscured the trail and was swarming with bees. im not sure it's worth another attempt.

trail running
3 months ago

Awesome running trail

trail running
3 months ago

Most of trail is closed going into Elgin

Being a Dane I'm used to living in a flat but hilly landscape. Anyway, during my 2 weeks in this neighbourhood I've experiensed a landscape flat as a pancake. Lots of 'little pieces of prarie' . Wau, is that something.
Along the Fox River-trail I finally found som hilly parts. Not much though. The trail was different from the other trails that I found on ALL TRAILLS and by myself. I liked it. Running along the river I would have wished to see the river more than was the case. Probably they grow the trees and bushes to protect the shore? I don't know? But it's a nice run...

Pleasant trail thru prairie, woods, ponds and streams.

hiking
8 months ago

Hiked the smaller loop today, beautiful wooded areas. Not bad for our first time out. Maybe next time we will follow th map!

Went here last summer and absolutely loved it. Beautiful little hidden gem. there is something kind of magical happening here.

road biking
Wednesday, August 03, 2016

crowded

camping
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Stayed June 29. Campground is nice.. small, vault toilet, no shower. Has a few primitive tent sites in the back 4 or 5 in the trees that were great. Staff was informative and attentive. Trail was decent, crushed rock, reasonably busy. Fishing pond was overgrown with weeds, not much action. Just a nice quiet place with not much going on. Had a good time.

road biking
Sunday, June 19, 2016

scenic. runs along the old chicago aurora and elgin line/illinois prairie path.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

trail and area was great, staff was absolutely wreched!

road biking
Monday, August 17, 2015

It was very hot! ... This is my weekend trail for running or biking...

hiking
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Overall, the Paul-Wolf Trail is a nice hiking trail where you get nice open grasslands to forested areas. The conditions were a little muddy, but that is expected since the snow just melted.

Friday, June 06, 2014

Heavily wooded trail for the most part; follows Fox River and old railroad.

Friday, June 06, 2014

Lush, heavily wooded trail that follows the Fox River and an old railroad.

trail running
Tuesday, September 25, 2012

fun place for biking, running and waking.

hiking
Friday, May 18, 2012

Very pretty, landscape changes frequently, and mixes residential, commercial, and wooded portions.
If you need a break from the trail to get a bite or a beer there is a variety of options.

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