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

the trail is all overgrown.

Very pretty and enjoyable trail. Great for running or biking, but can get pretty hot as there is no shade. Best in the cooler months or early morning hours.

Beautiful views of Lake Michigan!

paved the whole way, and interacts with major roads in several places. granted, that’s about as woodsy as it gets this deep into the suburbs. can be somewhat busy but never too crowded. excellent for biking. can also be supplemented by the very pretty trail around the lagoon, which also passes by the botanic gardens if you want to make a day trip out of it

Hiked here for the first time today. It's a pretty neat little trail, I had fun climbing on some of the rocks

walking
1 day ago

Neat park with a lot of great art and music. Very crowded though.

Didn't walk the full trail but this is an amazing way to get around outside of the city streets if you don't mind walking.

walking
1 day ago

Crowded and commercial, still gives you good flavor and nice sites.

walking
1 day ago

Nice trail to walk right by the river, can watch the boats pass and see the historic city.

walking
1 day ago

Another fantastic trail in Chicago. This is a bit of nature set outside the city, offering a breath of fresh air with some epic views.

Walked this trail a lot as a tourist. Fantastic trail with so many sights to see, from grand buildings to Lake Michigan.

Nice trail , short if you are a long distance runner , I had to go around twice to get 4 miles, but is a super nice place for a nice walk , the lake to the right of the parking is beautiful with lots of trees and benches to see the water and relax ! Well taken care of. I recommend

Off the beaten path but a nice change for those used to the relatively flat trails of Illinois'. Trail is not kept up very well and had tall vegetative growth when we hiked it. Very cool Tunnel entrance at the end and other abandoned railroad remnants can be found along the way.

the reviews and easy rating are true. can't really go off the beaten/paved path. too easy for me and my doggo, but probably perfect for families with small children.

There's a very good chance that the creek won't be running, as it only flows after a period of prolonged rain. However, I walk the trail on a pretty regular basis, and find it to be a pretty charming walk through a really beautiful forest regardless. One definite perk is that throughout the hike you can see cliffs rising through the trees on either side of the trail; these cliffs become more prominent as the gorge narrows. When the water is flowing, there is a really unique waterfall that tumbles into a deep cleft in the cliff to the right of the trail.

It was okay. Trail was well maintained but it was fairly boring.

walking
2 days ago

Nice trails and a lot of wildlife. Not much tree coverage

Nice trail but would of like to see some of the waterfalls, must be much better in early spring. Got to see deer and lots of mushrooms, lol. Would of liked to of gotten rid of the horsefly that decided to travel with me for the entire length of the trail and all the way back to the car.

hiking
2 days ago

Short, rugged, and very scenic trail that climbs alongside a wet-weather waterfall and skirts (sometimes almost perilously so) the tops of some tall cliffs. A great short hike to tackle after work or school.

Great trail with nice views, perfect for a bike ride

Whenever I’m in the area (or @ #CampingWorld to dump the rv) i make a point to spend some time here. It is very peaceful with a variety of trails and numerous parking areas throughout. It never feels crowded, but then I often go during the week. It’s open later than most parks which tend close right at “sunset” which is my favorite time to be in/at a park.

Only did 2 1/2 miles but very beautiful and very shaded

I absolutely love hiking here, but the people are absolute slobs. I’ve been going here since I was a kid and I brought my kids there yesterday and they were quite upset about the MASSIVE amount of garbage everywhere. They need to implement some serious litter prevention. Ban all disposable water bottles being the first, I’ve never seen so much trash at a park like this. It’s depressing.

I really wanted to enjoy this trip with my family. I took my two kids (3 and 8) and while it was great to get them out into the woods. The trail was more of a deer path than a family friendly trail. I’m going to go and hike it on my own. But it is certainly not kid appropriate.

on Round Bluff Trail

5 days ago

We did this trail yesterday and it's beautiful. Can't wait to see it in Spring and Fall.

on Prairie Bluff Trail

hiking
5 days ago

Did this hike to break up an 8.5 hour drive, and I will never make that mistake again! Trail was very overgrown and difficult to follow, and the maps were little help. To add onto that, my dog and I both came out with HUNDREDS of ticks. If you really want to hike this area, you should be prepared for navigation issues and have plenty of tick repellent.

deep, wide canyon with steam crossings, made for a fun hike. plenty of places to wade, read, relax.

will do it again. busy but well maintained. easy to follow

As with the other trails in the area, the Hawk’s Cave Trail features some really impressive rock formations and massive cliffs. Fun place to explore. I would suggest hiking it clockwise from the trailhead, as this will save the cliffs for the latter half of the trail. The cliffs will seem really imposing when you approach them from this direction.

Did this one with my niece. Way way too many spider webs

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