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Great place to walk and enjoy the natural beauty of many great gardens.

Great location to put in 10-20 miles in a day with many varied routes and always beautiful scenery.

be prepared. bug spray. long pants. long sleeved shirt. good shoes. very muddy. trail head not well marked but fairly easy to stay on path. trail app a great help when not sure. fun to hike on dirt path. worth a hike in to see the nature art. An escape in the middle of suburbia.

It's actually in Glencoe, Illinois. Be sure to hike the prairie garden at the south end in the summer.

walking
10 months ago

I would call the Botanic Gardens more of a stroll than a hike or walk, but a definitely beautiful stroll. The most well maintained Botanic Gardens I've been to nationwide.

hiking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Very muddy. Did the trail counterclockwise and the 2nd half was ankle deep mud in spots.

walking
Saturday, November 26, 2016

Nice late fall walk. A bit monotonous, but good easy walk with lots of woods.

nature trips
Saturday, November 05, 2016

Beautiful walk through a very beautiful garden.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Great to explore. Lots of mosquitos!

nature trips
Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Go to the Chipilly Woods to explore Shannon's Circle. Go to Shannon's Circle on Facebook for more information and photos of this Environmental Art. The creative and spiritual energy here is amazing. Along the trail you will find the Agowatha Arch. This trail is a branch off of the bike trail. If you follow it you will start at Grant and Lee Roads and finish at Shermer Road. There are a few loops if you look that will lead you back to Grant and Lee.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

This is a beautiful walk or stroll. It is not a hike.

mountain biking
Tuesday, August 13, 2013

After my first ride in Kettle Moraine a few days ago, I was hungry for something similar close to home. This trail is minutes from my house. If Kettle Moraine is challenging by design, then Chipilly is challenging through neglect. You need to watch yourself here, the hazards are not there to challenge you, they are there because nature put them there and nobody got rid of them. There are not many, but they can be totally unexpected. Many trails are not marked. Fortunately this is a fairly small area so you can't truly get lost. There are a couple of tiny stream crossings with narrow boards. I wouldn't guarantee them to hold 200 lbs. And there are some fallen trees that you'll have to walk your bike under.

Very little elevation change of course. But if you are tired of the sanitized crushed gravel experience at every other "trail" in the system this will be either a welcome change, or at the very least a novel experience. Enjoy!

mountain biking
Monday, May 20, 2013

As a beginner on mountain bike, I was having so much fun with the trail. I don't know if it is considered a singletrack as some portion are narrow and some are wide. It has a lot of rough terrain, roots, logs, narrow bridge to cross the river. Overall, this is a great trail. Will go back again.

hiking
Friday, December 28, 2012

The Botanic Gardens is connected to the North Branch Trail. The bike trail cuts through the middle of it but the real value is in hiking/walking the 'bike free' trails and islands. Park along the North Branch Trail or the Green Bay Trail and ride in. Beautiful!

walking
Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Notes:
-You do have to pay to access the Botanic Gardens if you Drive.
-There is free bicycle access from the North Branch Trail and a large designated area for locking up bicycles near the welcome center.
-They host garden related classes/seminars here
-They often have art shows & other events.
-There are drinking water fountains located throughout the property.
-They have snack & gift shops.

I love going to the Botanic Gardens. While it's true that there is an outer trail that allows bicycle and cars, the inner trails are pedestrian only. Some are paved and handicap accessible, others are not.There are so many little areas to discover with trails along waterfalls & around lakes/lagoons, regionally themed gardens, beautiful fountains & sculptures, to the wonderful greenhouses.

The trails are vast for such a small area and wind through the property like a spider web. I don't think I would be possible to be lost for long, but having a map (downloaded here or picked up for free at the visitor center) will help you find what your looking for and improve your overall experience. Is this the place to go for a challenging hike, no. Is this a great place to go to pass a morning or afternoon, definitely!

hiking
Saturday, August 11, 2012

The botanical garden is beautiful, especially the Japanese garden. The trail surrounding it is ok. Cars are allowed, so it is not very peaceful. You can spot some storks and other wildlife in the Dixon Prairie.

walking
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

One can never get enough of the botanic garden! Beautiful!

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