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

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3 months ago

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.

Pretty decent trail that has some cool scenery. It is quite hilly in patches though and be sure to spray yourself down with repellent before you head out

Fun on a bike . The downhills after the climbs are like rollercoaster rides.

walking
5 months ago

Great trail, I bring my toddler in our stroller with our two dogs almost every week! So beautiful

Took my septuagenarian parents on this beautiful hike on a cool summer day. They loved it. Beauty abounds!

mountain biking
8 months ago

Decent trails that go through woods. Some hills and lakes that are nice. Nice place to visit

Beautiful day for a hike yesterday. First time at the Park. Trails are in great shape. Hiked 3.5 miles.

hiking
Sunday, July 30, 2017

Great unfettered hike. Easy terrain.

hiking
Thursday, June 01, 2017

Nice walk. Varied terrain. Loop to McHenry Dam is my favorite

walking
Monday, May 15, 2017

Went on a hike with the kids. Paved or gravel path. We'll bring bikes next time.

hiking
Sunday, April 02, 2017

Great trails that are kept clean and taken care of.

hiking
Sunday, March 05, 2017

Nice park

trail running
Saturday, November 05, 2016

My favorite trail in area!

Good signage, 3 loops including dam offering variety of distances.

Every season is beautiful, check it out you won't be disappointed!

walking
Sunday, July 10, 2016

Nice trail. Did 6-7 miles. Paved and crushed limestone. Not too many hills, and great for biking, walking. Not necessarily a "hike".

hiking
Sunday, July 10, 2016

Had a great time. We have two reactive dogs, but were able to go out on the Kettle Woods loop (3.74 miles) and did not encounter a single other dog. Walked past quite a few people and there were some creepy single men hanging around, if you catch my drift, but I almost feel like that happens at any park anymore. All in all a beautiful park!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Really nice state park.

hiking
Friday, July 03, 2015

Love this park. Loads to see as you walk. Great place for bikes too!

on Lake Defiance Trail

hiking
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Nice trail, easy with minimal elevations. Late October hike the leaves are gone, but still some birds and reptiles to see (turtles an garter snakes).

hiking
Tuesday, July 01, 2014

I enjoyed walking in on the boardwalk! I have been here several times, although it has been several years since the last time i was there. Once I was there in spring and teeny frogs were hopping all across the trail!

mountain biking
Monday, March 24, 2014

I enjoy riding my bike here because the trails are wide and often paved. Much of the mileage is out in the open so a summer day can be a scorcher in the direct sun. Runners who prefer roads should be comfortable on these trails. Mostly wetland views.

birding
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

This park is very nice. I didn't see very many birds but the scenery was beautiful

hiking
Monday, May 28, 2012

The grounds are well kept and the hiking is great. My husband proposed to me on Lake Defiance and will always return whenever we visit Illinois. TIP* bring bug spray

mountain biking
Friday, November 04, 2011

Easy going trail with some mild hills, consistent terrain, and nice scenery. You can also access McHenry Dam from this park.

mountain biking
Monday, October 31, 2011

wow, this place rules.

trail running
Thursday, September 15, 2011

Very nice trail. Lots of wildlife and things to see. Also nice that other trails connect to this loop (like the McHenry Dam) so you can turn this run into a longer loop.

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