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

very pretty walk. great for kids.

walking
18 days ago

I was surprised that this trail was so busy on a chilly winter day. There was too much jostling for trail space with so many runners, bikers, roller-bladers, roller-skiers and dog walkers. The nearby highway is loud, especially with all the motorcycles racing around. Not relaxing, at all.

We had great loop hike yesterday.
Trail need more toilets than one for wintertime

Happy New Year

great park for running and family activities

I live across the street from Busse Woods. Little crowded, specially on Sundays, but absolutely beautiful!!!
Will always recommend this one!!!

trail running
4 months ago

I grew up in the woods of Florida. I've travelled since, and wound up living in the city. Chicago is great. But instead of hating the suburbs when I moved out here to Arlington Heights, I've loved it. Largely thanks to amazing wooded trails like this one. There's pockets of shade here or there, and some segments of the trail definitely offer more than others. But there's tons of wildflowers, sweeping views, water, facilities all along the way. The trail is correctly rated as easy. There are a few sections with mild incline/decline, but mostly flat and easy to run or walk. And all along the way, it's beautiful. I highly recommend this trail to anyone nearby.

road biking
4 months ago

This is a well kept park ideal for bikes. My 7 year old and I stayed on the North side. There are some elevation changes, and a couple of bridges. In the city, a nice wooded getaway.

Amazing views once you get to the top! There were wild flowers along the trail while we were there!

Fun kayaking

nice paved trail for biking. light traffic for a sunday afternoon.

road biking
5 months ago

First time there. Travelled RED coarse 3 times. Nice trail. It was a little busy to my liking for a Thursday morning. I Actually saw an Elk 10 feet from the trail. Will return

road biking
5 months ago

Flat paved, good for biking or exercise, not really a hiking road

road biking
5 months ago

will do it again. busy but well maintained. easy to follow

Fairly crowded with bikes and a lot of dogs. Well maintained path, Long enough for serious race training runs.

Nice wide, well-groomed trails. Plenty of wildflowers, birds, and frogs. Lots of bicyclists since it's a bike trail.

Very nice bike and hike trail. Great for cross country skiing. Depending on the snow of course.

Great loop trail. Takes about 2 hours to walk.

road biking
7 months ago

Great bike path. I ride here every day. Gets crowded during the weekends after 8am.

In summer mode months this trail is super busy, fast bikers make it a bit scary for hikers, do not suggest for small kids unless in a stroller. Lately, Saturday’s there have been scheduled 5k and even a half marathon going on on this trail, no signs posted anywhere, trail is always open, so my husband and I ended in the middle of a huge herd of runners half way through the loop, which made our walk very uneasy. We love biking here as well, but you should get here early in the morning to beat the rush of people.

Too weird. Didn’t finish all. However it’s a good trip. Will give it a second try to make a round trip.

trail running
9 months ago

The scenery is cool but all pavement trails. More a race bike trail than anything else. I have enjoyed it.

road biking
9 months ago

Accessible from the Des Plaines River Trail, Independence Grove is a marvelous year round destination. It has all you could ask for. Great paved and unpaved trails, fishing, boating, beach and food stand. I’ve even been to weddings here. Bike here from the trail, relax while you’re here, and continue on your way. A treasure not to be missed.

First, this is a horse trail. Watch where you step! Also be aware and give them a wide berth. If you’re good with that, this is a fun short hike.

Several larger ponds and lots of woods make this a scenic hike. Tons of wildlife here and if you walk back into the woods a little, sit down on a log, and be still, you’ll be rewarded with an abundance of animal activity.

I wouldn’t come here after rain as it would quite muddy. It opens early, so if you like a sunrise hike, this is a great place. Don’t leave anything of value in your car. Parking is secluded and not great and signs warn of keeping your valuables with you. That said, I wouldn’t avoid this place due to safety. It’s really nice!

Great place to fish. Clean lakes and a great museum

Beautiful all year round!

Amazing scenery and good
Place for fishing and running too! Love the geese!

Absolutely beautiful

road biking
Sunday, November 26, 2017

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

It was bit overgrown in places but it was a beautiful trail.

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