Explore the most popular trails near Palatine 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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Great spot to get away from the busy life for a bit. Has both pavement and dirt hiking/biking trails with wooden areas and open fields. My favorite place in the area!

nice ride on hot day

Nice trail for an easy hike.

This wooded preserve is beautiful since it’s now largely brushed out. It has rolling terrain with streams. The majority of the path is clear and wide if one doesn’t want to deal with ticks. The trail connects to the east side of the preserve which is wooded but also has a loop near Prairie. Plan for Mosquitoes in Summer. Lots of wildlife here. Pileated woodpeckers, Indigo Buntings, etc.

There are nice cabins and cabins for camping.

Beautiful BEAUTIFUL!!! spot at an convenient location

Great hike and natural beauty. There are a few trails to choose from. Just check for ticks!

mountain biking
3 months ago

This is great loop for some warm up biking. Quite flat but on dirt road. A bit of chalange in one section which gets very muddy after rain. You can also find a nice "short cut" I bike along a small stream.

my favorite quick get away

Its a nice get away a bit from the city trip.

4 months ago

Nice paved trail. There’s a Free disc golf course. Parking is off of Wood Street near Quentin.

Great hike! Did hike a few weeks ago and parts of the trail were super muddy, but that’s to be expected this time of year.

lots of bikes. took our dogs and found a trail that was quiet andd woodsy. dogs loved it. main entrance was very busy and lots of bikes. my dogs hate bikes

Enjoy the inside trails. They are so much fun and very scenic.

Excellent trails lots of friendly runners!

Not bad but some areas can be noisy due to traffic.

a simple hike for any time of year

Awesome dirt trails and several side trails, great elevation changes. My last visit was 8.33 miles going through the brown, teal, yellow, orange trails. Amazing workout. Also has a nice paved loop and a paved trail that crosses over Quentin if you don't like the dirt/gravel trails.

did the yellow trail. Nice and long. A little hilly. some good visuals

My boyfriend and I biked this trail the other day and we were pleasantly surprised by the trails here! They were perfect for a challenging but enjoyable bike ride, and there were so many in the park to explore while making this loop. There were a lot of mosquitos however, so even while riding bug spray was necessary.

You can enjoy peaceful forest Trails and this place is one of the best place around Northwestern Chicago.
Highly recommended!

We took the eastern most 3 mile trail. there was very little shade no place to sit and only saw 1 porta-potty and 1 bathroom.
I was glad it was a cool day.

mountain biking
Sunday, May 21, 2017

This is an absolutely beautiful forest preserve, and this one star is not about Deer Grove, but about its administrators. Unfortunately they have closed off all the wonderful single-track trails to mountain bikers. It is insane because there are never any hikers/walkers on these off-beaten trails, so basically 70% of the trails go unused and unenjoyed. I even ran into a park guide/ambassador who told me he thought the ban on mountain bikers was completely stupid as well. This was a misguided rule by the trails committee back in 1996. This ban should be removed so more tax paying citizens can enjoy Deer Grove like they can of so many other forest preserves in Illinois.

Great place to get outside, hike or jog but trails were muddy after a heavy rain.

hiking
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Hiked a good portion of the west side if the trail. Some gravel paths, a large main paved path that connects to most of the smaller trails and a very good amount of side trials that are hardly marked at all. Some you may miss if you're not looking for them. Those are the best a providing a good out in the woods feel. Saw a family of six deer when i was last out. Will definitely go back.

hiking
Tuesday, February 07, 2017

A healthy doe manifests 15 feet ahead of us and we, so typical of city dwellers, see a large dog at first, slowly recognizing our mistake and marveling in the beauty of this creature. "How can people shoot these?" I quietly wonder. The wind moves slowly through us as the doe recedes into the deep brush, disappearing behind a blanket of tall prairie grass and shrubs. The white of her tail reflecting the dim light from the overcast is all we can see as she moves on. We were a passing curiosity at best; yet our reaction lacks such triviality: We wonder where she is going and hope she has learned to stay off of the highway droning not far from where we stand. We stand still as the overcast breaks for a moment, revealing a solitary ray of light, and we see her white tail once more. And then she's gone.

hiking
Sunday, January 15, 2017

Did part of the west side with my 5 year old. It was quite enjoyable.

hiking
Sunday, October 23, 2016

Beautiful landscape. Trail markings caused some confusion.

I prefer the west side of the preserve, which is unpaved and not so crowded.

birding
Saturday, October 08, 2016

Great trails and surprisingly good birding there today. I like this place better during the week (less people) and in the spring or fall when it is much less buggy.

walking
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Plenty of paved road with beautiful views of trees and wildflowers. Also has some good gravel paths that take you through the woods.

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