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my favorite place to jog or run!

This place is beautiful with lots of prairie plants. Cone flowers are everywhere. The trails are often shaded, my dogs appreciated that in the warm weather. Bathrooms are clean and well placed. Be sure to have bug spray.

mountain biking
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Really beautiful and fairly easy.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Pleasantly surprised by how many different species I saw on my first trip here today. Not sure why this trail is rated as moderated. It's a flat gravel trail that is an easy walk. So if you are looking for more of a hike I would skip this location. Lovely little place and I will be excited to see how the Prairie developes with more restoration.

hiking
Saturday, September 24, 2016

broad trail. well maintained. prairie scenery. Saturday morning only a few people. plenty of cut offs if you don't want the outer loop. might be more scenic in middle of park than outer.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Easy, but nice trail through prairie land, wetlands, and forest. So many species of birds in this area. Trails can be a little muddy in areas, especially after rain.

trail running
Sunday, February 21, 2016

It's nice, little trail...

Monday, October 12, 2015

These trails were carved out of farmland. Buffalo Creek was then used as a flood retention area to create the lake that now encompasses the forest preserve center.
The parking lot is at the top of the trail. Unfortunately, so is the placement of the rest rooms. On a warm summer day or a prevailing south wind, you will not need a visual to know where you are. After that olfactory treat, the first part of the trail drops 30-40 feet and proceeds to flatten out. While the trail is generally level, there is a gentle incline in the center at Schafer Rd. The second half of. the trail is largely circular and flat with few trees and mostly grasses and wildflowers.
The whole walk clocks in at just under 4 miles. If you stop at Schafer road and turn around, your mileage will be 2-2.5 miles.
There is a short .7 mile pathway that goes to the left of the parking lot that skirts the spillway area and then just dead ends at Lake Cook and Arlington Heights Rd.
It is busy in the summer-especially during weekend and holidays. Great biking loop on the section west of Schafer Rd.
There is a Llama/Alpaca "farm" adjacent to Buffalo Creek on Checker Rd.
4 stars instead of 5 per abovementioned washroom placement.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

My favorite place to go for a good 5k+ run on an afternoon after work. Can get quite busy on eastern half near the parking, but almost always nearly empty on the western half. Also sounds like there's some good fishing here near the dam, though I haven't tried it yet. Probably come across deer right near or on the path one in five times out here. Great for a walk with the kids as well since the paths are nice and wide. There's also a few hidden ponds that are fun to explore.

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