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Great, well maintained trail. Moderate trail. But quiet and shady. One way trails, and lots of mountain bikers. All friendly. Great day to hike.

Note: Bug repellent.

mountain biking
14 hours ago

It’s really wide but there is still plenty of rocks and roots to have a good time on a mountain bike. There is lots of signage, however I wasn’t always sure which sign I needed to follow. Over all a great ride.

If you like gravel you’ll enjoy this trail. 10 plus miles of gravel that take you into Wisconsin. The rest is paved

That place is so beautiful I loved

walking
2 days ago

About tennis ball spiders crawling all over you and your stuff so you cannot stay still for too long. There were also millions of them.

I lost my keys to a Chrysler vehicle on Friday the 13, anyone finds them please contact the park rangers thank you.

This is not the Lake County Forest Preserve which is right next door, and has two connecting entry points. This is a beautiful place to walk and beautiful to see the Prairie and restoration. If you're looking for a hike this is probably not the place. Trail surface: well maintained and marked grass and gravel. Elevation: essentially flat. Bugs: little to none but would definitely do a tick check when you're done. Scenery: beautiful views of prairie, wildflowers, butterflies, deer and sounds of frogs. Jens Jensen council ring and pond: path to not very well-marked, worth a stop to see. Overall: Gatehouse and history of this place is very interesting and job restoring very well done.

trail running
2 days ago

I use this trail to get some gravel miles in when palos singletrack is too soft. Some decent climbs and nice scenery. Trails are also groomed for cross country skiing in the winter when there's enough snow.

Trail surface: grass and mud, have had a lot of rain this year. Bugs: we did the three mile Outer Loop and almost turned back due to swarms of mosquitoes, also found ticks on me and my husband when we got home. Scenery: Really beautiful, but not much variation, wooded areas, grassy areas, wood bridges and river. Elevation gain: even though map claims some elevation feels essential flat. Amenities: Visitor Center very nice, restrooms very clean, staff very friendly, drinking fountain outside building, ample parking. Overall a lovely hike but mosquitoes a huge problem.

What a great app indispensable out in the Shawnee. Simply pick a trail and it links up with googl to get you there!

hiking
3 days ago

Great walking and biking trails.

Trails are pretty overgrown wear pants or long socks.

make sure to follow the white squares with blue "i"s, especially the first one - it's in the second electric post as soon as you start

Being a Dane I'm used to living in a flat but hilly landscape. Anyway, during my 2 weeks in this neighbourhood I've experiensed a landscape flat as a pancake. Lots of 'little pieces of prarie' . Wau, is that something.
Along the Fox River-trail I finally found som hilly parts. Not much though. The trail was different from the other trails that I found on ALL TRAILLS and by myself. I liked it. Running along the river I would have wished to see the river more than was the case. Probably they grow the trees and bushes to protect the shore? I don't know? But it's a nice run...

Lots of varied foliage and scenery. Peaceful. Will definitely do again.

It’s beautiful

walking
5 days ago

Nice easy trail with great nature views. Very relaxing hike.

Hate to ever give a bad rating, but this place is a mosquito pit. Wanted to run 4-5 miles but cut it short due to the bugs.

Nice hike in. Had trouble picking the trail back in once I reached the river.

Very flat hike. In and then back out on the same trail. Waterfall was not running as it is the dry season. But still an awesome easy trail. Benches near the falls for anyone who walks in and wants to relax and absorb nature without having to sit on rocks or the ground.

hiking
8 days ago

Small inclines to beautiful overhang. Nice little loop.

Arrive early (by 10am?) on weekends so you can park at the main parking lot. We had to park in the overflow area and it was an extra mile hike across a sunny field to get to the Dells area.

The Dells were beautiful!

One of So IL’s best spots. Been coming here since 90s. Technical enough to keep it interesting but still big kid friendly. Spent an amazing night there last night with unbelievably forgiving weather for July. We camped at a well established spot by the water about a 15-20 min hike from the north CH trailhead and before the Wolf Den. Took 5 ticks off my son this morning but none on me. Guess they don’t like the smell of bourbon. New hikers should be aware of the two options at the north trailhead. The left fork is more friendly if you’re packing heavy or not in prime condition. The right fork is a bit of rock and boulder hopping down into the valley.

Its a great place to go Roller Blading! Trail is alway paved nicely and always clean of debris.

Short but fun.

cool rock formations

Great museum, decent trail

road biking
9 days ago

The area was beautiful but definitely not conducive to biking. Lots of hills + gravel/sand = not easy (as marked in the description).

Beautiful hiking trip! Got turned around in the mountain bike trails. Lots of hills, mosquitoes, and spiders. Bring bug repellent and carry a stick for knocking down spider webs along the path. No directional signage on the trails. Great workout on the hills. Definitely worth the visit!

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