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I don't like grass paths otherwise is was nice. quiet. Not a lot to take pics of.

My wife and our dog went there for a mid-morning hike.

this park has always been my favorite in McHenry county since I was a little girl and my uncle took me up the kames. I usually go a few time a year. never disappoints

hiking
Monday, October 30, 2017

Good hiking. Print trail map as it would be best to have one as some of the parking lots don't have any.

walking
Saturday, July 01, 2017

Easy Trails
Free Parking
Seating is Available
Clean
Kid Friendly
Dog (leash) Friendly

hiking
Saturday, July 01, 2017

Moderate Trails
Popular
Clean
Free Parking
Dog (Leash) Friendly

Lots of birds. Trail is mowed and is wet in areas but that's to be expected for a prairie/wetland trail.

hiking
Sunday, May 07, 2017

This will always be one of my favorite hikes. It's not too difficult, although if you want to go along the outer edges, it's a bit more hilly, but it's always beautiful and quiet no matter what time of year.

hiking
Sunday, January 01, 2017

Some nice hills. Interesting cemetery information.

birding
Thursday, November 24, 2016

Elizabeth Lake Nature Preserve Varga Archaeological Site trail is 1.7 miles long featuring parking areas (east & south), garbage cans, interpretive signage and overlooks. The area is a large, diverse wetland community composed of every different stage of high-quality wetland, including: graminoid fens, calcareous floating mats, graminoid bogs, marshes, low gradient creek, pond, lake, sedge meadow, wet prairie and dry Mesic savanna. Lake Elizabeth is the highest quality lake ecosystem remaining in McHenry County and one of the highest in Illinois. Site has 29 species of native fish, at least 200 species of plant life, 55 species of birds, 15-20 butterfly species, and 20 state threatened and endangered species including Iowa darters, pugnose shiners, sandhill cranes, and black terns. Several different kinds of wildlife can be spotted, including white-tailed deer, raccoon, rabbit, muskrat, woodchuck, beaver, marsh wren, sora rail, green frog, smooth green snake and other small animals.

hiking
Sunday, August 28, 2016

hiking
Monday, August 01, 2016

Great hike with the family and dog!

hiking
Sunday, July 17, 2016

this is a decent trail with a couple of good uphill hill places and a pretty big uphill battle that when u get to the top will have a great view to see. and you can easily do more than the 3 or so miles it says I'm pretty sure if you take the right route you can get close to 7 or 8mi. possibly longer. there's flat, uphill, downhill, grass, gravel and dirt throughout. enjoy.

hiking
Sunday, May 29, 2016

Great hike. Nice elevation changes for around here and great views from the karnes

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Beautiful park, Nice clean Trails, lots of history. Pet Friendly!

hiking
Monday, January 18, 2016

Pretty nice.

hiking
Saturday, April 04, 2015

Great morning hike. After stopping at Off Broadway coffee shop in Richmond, we went over to Glacial Park and hiked a couple of miles. It was only about 40 degrees out and windy. However, it was a nice challenge having the baby backpack on. Good local preparation for my hike in the Smokey Mountains next month. For trails in Northern Illinois, I would say Glacial Park is an intermediate hike. There are alot of trails less challenging that's for sure

hiking
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

This park is beautiful. My favorite trail is a loop that is about 5 miles, it winds up a very steep hill and through lush forest. Great for a challenging trail run (especially if you are training for a Warrior Dash or Tough Mudder or something like that). It also doesn't have a lot of traffic, so it is a great trail to get away from everything.

road biking
Tuesday, November 08, 2011

I have ridden this trail from Crystal Lake, il. into Richmond, Il. And past and it has great scenery, low traffic, but the surface is a little rough.

hiking
Friday, August 27, 2010

The morning air was nice and cool so the bugs were low. We walked the cyote trail and it is 7.8 miles with two of my sons and it took 2.5 hours. Very nice scenes and very low traffic there. we had an excelent time.

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