Explore the most popular snowshoeing 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.

backpacking
5 days ago

Pushed myself and hiked the entirety in 6 days. Waking up on a misty morning in Panther's Den with no one else around was the highlight. Hiked it in late March, so the weather was perfect and I enjoyed and nice cigar before heading down to the Mississippi. I'd definitely do it again, but there are many more trails to hike.

very pretty walk. great for kids.

Very flat, kinda boring. I wish there were more views of the lake. Also don’t go alone, I didn’t feel completely safe. Extremely muddy patches

walking
10 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

One of my favorite forest preserves in Lake County. Quiet and very peaceful. Great place to relax and have a casual morning/afternoon on Lake Michigan

Nice hike through the Forest Preserve. Trail is well-marked. Users are considerate. Watching people train on the Swallowtail Steps is seriously inspiring.

Even though the grassy trails are still closed, the views of the lake are fantastic.

It’s flat and basic, but that’s not necessarily bad. The corn has been harvested so I imagine the views are nicer now that you can see a little more skyline. It was a bit tricky to find the trailhead. Pull into the park and take the road to the left, go across the levy and park at shelter 3. The road is a loop where you park and you want to go to the opposite side of the parking where they’ve mowed a wide patch of path. Keep walking ~0.2 mi and you’ll see a sign marking the trail. There are two loops. The first loop (~1 mi, I didn’t actually check) you’ll end up where you parked, but shortly before that you’ll see the second loop head off to the right. Today the second loop was SO muddy 1/2 mi in and at one point the whole path was water. I was with my short legged dog who was already getting too messy so we had to turn around. It was still a nice day and an easy walk outside with decent views and a faint sighting of the downtown STL skyline.

great trail, all users are pretty considerate, has nice ups and downs

From what I can see on the map here, it definitely doesn't follow the trail markers. Mainly after Goreville to the Mississippi. Im sure there is a more accurate map somewhere else to be found.

walking
2 months ago

perfect walk

Loved it

walking
2 months ago

I go to this trail often because of the proximity to my house. Depending upon which loops you take, you can make this walk anywhere from a half hour to an hour. Because it is at the corner of 87th (basically Boughton) and Lemont, there is a lot of traffic nearby but you only hear the traffic at the very beginning and end of the north loop near the parking lot. North loop features a wooded area with nice peaks of sunlight and a foot bridge; I occasionally see deer but the sight of humans never seems to bother them. South loop is more out in the open with beautiful tall grasses and is very sunny; you can take a path to get to the Oldfield Oaks dog park. It isn’t terribly busy but I will typically see 3 or 4 other individuals or families on a weekend and 1 or 2 during a weekday. The trail is best used for walking, dog walking, and running. Both trails are paved with tiny gray gravel that always seems to find its way into my shoes!

Apparently there are time restrictions. 9am we showed up and a sign prevented us getting to path until 12:30. Not publicized anywhere.

very nice trail, the path is easy and full of trees.

Easy, scenic soft trails
Downfall was west side you could hear the cement trucks backing up beep beep

Otherwise a nice stroll in fall with the dog

backpacking
2 months ago

Would love to do this trail from start to finish or possibly in two sections. Would anyone be interesting informing a group and going?

trail running
3 months ago

Trail run review:
Very nice trails. It looks like it used for horses or horse rides in the summer. Very grassy terrain for the most part. Some hills...nothing steep. Fast course overall.

Only hiked a few miles on easy terrain. Good easy hike with plenty of markings.

road biking
3 months ago

I really like this Trail. it's beautiful whether it's sunrise sunset or midday. It's heavily trafficked so sometimes it's a little challenging riding a bike when people don't follow the rules by staying to the right. they've had a hole in the pavement since May looks like a sinkhole of some type now they have horses over it so you don't fall in but they haven't repaired that and it's been 5 months. however one of the best things about this path is that it's a Loop that you don't have to ever cross traffic and I find that very beneficial

mountain biking
3 months ago

I bike this trail routinely as it is only a mile from where I live. I love going at all times of year. You can combine it with other trails in the park for a longer ride. The park crew does a fantastic job of maintaining the trails and it’s very clean. It’s a nice escape from the sounds of the city, and there are a few nice ponds to enjoy the views from as well. Depending on the time of year you go, you may get to share the trail with dogs on a walk, horses, RV Park users, or even a dog-sled team.

Nice park & a nice trail but due to the cockleburs on the ground, not the best place for pets.

Trail was nice and secluded but it appeared as though it hadn’t been cut in a few weeks as other reviews have indicated. Not bad if you’re hitting a known unmanicured trail. Wear pants and maybe some waterproof shoes/boots and gators if you’re hiking at dusk or dawn. I did see plenty of wildlife including a large coyote traversing the trail right in front of me and there are plenty of mosquitoes particularly around dusk.

hiking
3 months ago

Walking with the Lagoons in sight feels nice to be alive and then of course Botanic Gardens in bloom is even better. Do not do a loop coming back to Tower Road. The traffic off the expressway cuts into the serene experience. .

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

hiking
4 months ago

Me and my girlfriend are trying to plan a 4 day 3 over night possible trip and I would like to get about 20 to 30 miles with Garden of the Gods included. Does anyone have a good trail to go with?

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.

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